Here is my first pipe: http://www.amazon.com/s-s-Long-Churchwarden-Tobacco-Pipe/dp/B004ECU1W2 It is a cheap thing, but as my first it seemed like it gave a great, smooth smoke. I maintained it and keep the pipe well-cleaned. Two months later I bought and have been smoking 2 cobs (and have had them for a few weeks). I love them! My question: Why does the churchwarden taste less rich, smooth, etc., compared to the cobs and to what I remember enjoying? I think we can assume that the pipe is not sour, I gave it a couple of alcohol treatments, plenty of rest, and it looks clean visually. Could it be that some pipes just aren't good (and I didn't notice it at first)? Or am I going to be facing the same problem with my cobs in 2 or so months? What do you think? -Tyler Edit: I believe the pipe is made of Rosewood and has a metal stem.