I've been keeping an eye out on ebay for cheap (under $30) estate pipes made by American artisan pipe makers, particularly in the fifties and sixties. It's not quite logical, I just like the idea of pipes made by small operations rather than under big brand names. Maybe I'm just looking for bargains, hoping that pipes with names on them that don't ring big bells might be good value for money. I just bought a Paul's Cayuga estate for eight bucks -- the photo is lousy, the description poor, so it's a bit of a chance, described as "great used condition". We'll see. But I did a bit of googling to find out about the maker. I came up with a few interesting links and articles. I'll post them here, just in case anyone's interested. I've seen Old Ted praise Cayuga pipes before, so there might be at least one person! Paul T. Spaniola of Swartz Creek, owner of Paul's Pipe Shop in downtown Flint, placed second in a world pipe-smoking event. Paul T. Spaniola 6-Time World Champion Pipe Smoker Probably a few years earlier. From this article: http://www.mlive.com/news/flint/index.ssf/2008/10/paul_spaniola_owner_of_pauls_p.html There is another long interview with him here: http://www.eastvillagemagazine.org/features/13903-village-life-pipe-saved-his-life-.html "The pipe saved my life." So begins Paul Spaniola, legendary owner of Paul's Pipe Shop, 647 S. Saginaw St. He has just turned 95, and though he sometimes struggles to find the right word and complains that his brain doesn't work as well as it used to, his eyes are bright and his zest for telling stories of his life as a fiercely persistent downtown businessman is fresh and undiluted. Political correctness doesn't deter him — he knows what he knows. Anyone know anything about these pipes or the shop? Old Ted?