First off I want to say hello. I'm new to the forum and pipe smoking in general. I have been smoking all MM cobs with the predicted Carter Hall, Capt. Black White and Prince Albert. I just received a Savinelli Varese that I purchased from JRCigars.com for $48 from a sale they are having. After opening the box I have a few concerns and was hoping for some expertise on the matter. First off, the pipe didn't not come in the usual Savinelli box and felt pouch, it came in a JR Cigars cardboard box. Not a real concern was just hoping for some of the bells and whistles it being my first briar. On to the pipe itself. One of my biggest concerns is that the mouthpiece or lip is crooked when the stem is centered perfectly with the shank. The inside of the mouthpiece is also very dirty. Also, imprinted on the bowl is "Savinelli Product." Does this mean it's of a lesser quality or do all Savinelli pipes print that? Even the balsa filter looks like it had its fair share of abuse. No instructions, no Savinelli paperwork or package of balsa filters were enclosed. I don't mean for my first post to be negative, something just doesn't seem right from all of the positive and rave reviews I've read on Savinelli products in general.