First of all, let me say how glad I am to have found this forum. I've learned a lot just by using the search function. Thank you all for the knowledge & experience you share here. On to my question... My wife & I love prowling antique malls & thrift stores. Now that I've contracted the PIPE MADNESS, I'm going to be on the look out for good, affordable estate pipes during these adventures. I'm concerned, however, that I won't be able to tell a good find from a clunker that's un-smokeable or beyond my abilities to clean/restore. Can anyone offer any simple tips that could help me evaluate such pipes in the wild with my limited knowlege? What are some good signs? What are some deal breakers? Thanks!