I was only supposed to carve pipes and only smoke to test a few of them. Then a very kind friend gave me a Peterson. Then I got TAD. Now I am convincing myself that I should pay money to aquire an already made pipe. And people here (Mr Moo) mentioned meershaum as an alternative. The same friend that gave me the Peterson showed me Altinoks site and now I want this: http://altinokpipe.com/detail.asp?product_id=IM125 I want it in an all straight version or at least only half the bend as in the pic. My mates opinion is..., well let's say he would post it in the "fugly pipes thread", but I think it has lots of style. I plan to build my next pipe with bamboo so if I could make one that match this, they could make a nice couple a well. I looked in the meer info threads and from what I gather Altinok is a good seller and I like the shape. Tell me is there any reason why this pipe would be a bad purchase?