I hope this is in the correct location. I had been a cigarette smoker for twelve years before I decided to quit using Swedish snus. I have used snus for the last two years and have realized that I can enjoy tobacco without being its slave. I recently decided to try a pipe after a few members at snus forum that I frequent, tried it and really enjoyed it. I went to a local cigarette shop and picked up a cob and some Middleton's cherry I think. I did not enjoy that at all. I then ran to Churchills of Birmingham which is a higher end tobacco shop. I picked up some McClelland Vanilla Black Cavendish and Georgian Cream. I liked the Georgian Cream but for some reason it developed a bad aftertaste once I had finished smoking. I absolutely loved the VBC. I am not sure what it was but I definitely enjoyed that one. Can anyone recommend anything along the lines of the VBC? A couple days ago I purchased a couple pipes on ebay. http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dl...g43Ert8%3D&viewitem=&sspagename=STRK:MEWNX:IT and http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dl...g43Ert8%3D&viewitem=&sspagename=STRK:MEWNX:IT Not sure why I picked those. I think it was just because I liked the way they look. Are these decent smoking pipes? The biggest thing I was wondering was what I need to do once I get these into my hands? Any help from the more experienced smokers would be appreciated. Sorry for the ramblin' It's great to meet everyone.