I got a pipe that the seller said had a loose stem. Loose is not the word. Is the stem missing a part? The metal piece goes from the bottom of the bowl to about a half inch into the stem. Also what would be the best way to clean this pipe? (hopefully the pics work)
I would remove that metal from the shank and turn that meerschaum to an 3-6mm pipe with a quality tenon. For inside the bowl i would use sandpapers by hand or a dremel tool bits,no alcohol because the material will absorb it.