i've noticed that too. like, there has been a slight decline in quality post 1980 but its not exactly like they're crap pipes now. i've got pre cadogan comoys ranging from about the mid thirties right up to the switch, phenomenal pipes. i've also got various cadogan era production pipes (under more than one of their brands but including comoy) and frankly the cadogans are still better smokers than a lot of the pipes i own (and rather spiffy looking). still not something to burst a blood vessel over but people still do get that angry about it.