I recently bought a new Pete Dalkey 68. I love the look, shape and feel of this pipe. Only problem is that it doesn't smoke they way I think a $100 pipe should smoke. It smokes hot and steamy even with dry tobacco. I've been smoking it for the past 2 weeks and with tha same tobac I smoke in other pipes with great results. Maybe I should have tried a special break in process but I just starting smoking it just like I've always smoked new pipes or any pipe for that matter.