As I sit here smoking my old Grabow, I'm thinking about how well the lacquer finish on it seems to work. I know that lacquer is looked down on by many as being the finish of baskets and cheapies, but after years of abuse this old Omega is still the shiniest pipe I own (except around the rim where I spilled some alcohol once ). I have to say that I'm very impressed with the performance of lacquer as a pipe finish and I don't know why it's not used more often. I suppose that in the event of scuffs, dings and scratches a wax finish would be easier to repair, but I think the durable gleam of lacquer might be a worthwhile trade-off for that. Even my most expertly waxed and buffed pipes don't stay shiny for long unless I'm extremely careful about handling them. I've also heard the argument that lacquer doesn't 'breathe,' but I honestly don't give much weight to that. I've never noticed any issues there myself, and as an abstract proposition it doesn't make much sense to me. Seems to me that pipes dry from the inside out, not all the way through the bowl walls. Wax is a great finish too and I'm not saying that lacquer is better, just that lacquer seems to have some good properties and I think it could be used more often.