I got one of the racing green XMAS 2011 pipes last Dec and have been smoking it pretty regular. I think it looks a little classy actually plus it's a great smoker (as expected with Petes). I too have heard the stories about them discoloring into a yellowish puke color. That most likely has to do with heat. I dunno really. I've always been careful with it and smoke it cool and haven't had any issues with it yellowing (yet). The one I got is a Dublin. It's got a thick bowl so maybe it will dissapate heat better. We'll see. Wouldn't want a pipe that looks as bad as the tobacco I love smells.