So, gents. New pipe today. I'd looked at this one a time or two, and I was always turned off by it being a filtered pipe. Also, by it being a Medico. Ultimately, a few things changed my mind and made me consider it. First, I like the shape. 1/8 (I think) bent egg with saddle bit, which is interesting, to me, anyway. Second, I've been smoking my Grabow and cobs with the filters in, and I really appreciated how they no longer feel like blistering steam engines. And third, something Marc said. Just because I hated the little brylon abomination that started my foray into pipes didn't mean all Medico pipes were bad. And besides, this one is made of briar, and is the first budget pipe I've seen that doesn't have the chamber carbonized or covered in putty.