The mailman finally smiled on me today, and I received a yellow package from Turkey containing my long awaited first meerschaum pipe...the Altinok AutoGraph 124. I still have a second Altinok pipe that I'm waiting for (currently being carved in Turkey.) This being my first pipe review ever, and given that I am a meerschaum amateur, please cut me a little slack if this review is subpar to what you are used to. Also, please excuse the poor quality pictures that fail to do the pipe any justice, but I have an old and cheap digital camera that needs replacing. First Impression: 4.5 out of 5 The pipe turned out to be a lot bigger than I expected (which is not necessarily a bad thing.) At first glance the pipe seems to look exactly like what I ordered, and the quality of the finish seems extremely good. Fit and finish between the stem and the shank is perfect. The only reason I will give it a 4.5 out of 5 is because at certain angles and under the right lighting condition, I notice one extremely small scratch on the bottom of the pipe. It's almost invisible, but it's there and has to be mentioned. I don't mind though, since I'm sure I'll do worse to it over hopefully many years of use. Presentation: 4 out of 5 The pipe did come with a little bit of meerschaum dust inside the chamber, but a quick pass with the pipe cleaner down the stem, and a quick swipe with a towel inside the chamber took care of that. The pipe came with a personalized certificate of authenticity, a receipt, and a business card. The case is or a reddish brown color, lined with white velvet inside. The fit of the pipe inside the case is perfect, though the fit and finish of the case itself seems a little sloppy in some areas. Properties of the meer/pipe balance: 5 out of 5 The pipe is well balanced, and the meer seems to be porous and of very high quality. This is evidenced by the snow white appearance of the meerschaum, and the extreme light weight of the material. Smoking qualities: 5 out of 5 I put some hot burning tobacco in the chamber, lit the pipe up, and was shocked by how smooth and tamed the smoking experience was. I got no tongue bite whatsoever, and the smoke was cool and dry. I could taste the intricacies of the tobacco in a way I have never been able to do with a briar pipe. It was an experience that had to be felt to be believed. The draw of the pipe is also superb. There is no resistance whatsoever. I rate smoking satisfaction at 100%. I only had to relight the tobacco once towards the end. Other than that, it was smooth sailing. Summary: 18.5 out of 20 I would recommend Altinok meerschaum pipes to others, though I do hope the quality of the case for my Signature pipe will be a little better. We'll see when I get it. But all in all, I am satisfied with my purchase, and look forward to many long afternoons smoking my new meer pipe. Thank you Altinok for helping me appreciate the superb smoking qualities of a meerschaum pipe, and for carving such a superior product. I can't wait until the Signature pipe arrives. If this one is anything to judge by, I doubt I will be disappointed.