The other day, one of my CCSS Freehands went swimming in some foul water, it was hopeless so (as in the beauty of most any cob), I tossed it. I don't like throwing things away but this was BAD. The stem, otoh, was washable and ok. The pipe couldn't be washed to my satisfaction (would have let it dry out in the sun and then re-glued if needed). Anyway, I took a brand new G-Dane Egg (bent) and took the Freehand stem and decided that I was gonna make a nice MM Vulcanite Freehand stem for my new GD-Egg! It was EASY! Just shaved down the stem to form the right sized tenon and it's AMAZING! Nice wide bit, vulcanite comfort, I actually have a "jones" to do the same to all my bent-filtered-cobs. Sure glad I didn't throw that stem out. I guess something good had to come from the Freehand loss. Just thought I'd share my little "improvement". If you have a Freehand stem that you aren't using, give it a try, I believe you'll say to yourself, "why didn't I do this before?".