Back in the 60s and 70s, most new English smooth pipes had a high polish from being buffed with wax. Around the time the pipe was broken in, the wax finish had largely cooked off, and you were left with a beautiful, dull patina. If the wax didn't cook off fast enough, you put some alcohol (bourbon) on a paper towel, and wiped the outside of the bowl. Pipes always seemed to smoke cooler without the high polish finish. I have a couple newer pipes, "reasonably" priced by today's standards (under $100), fully broken in, but the high polish finish remains, and they smoke hot. What is the high polish finish used today on moderately priced pipes? Can it be removed by my classic method? Am I the only person who has both experienced this phenomenon, and used the above cited cure? Any comments or suggestions would be appreciated.