Hi guys, Just thought I’d tell you all about a recent purchase from eBay, paid £9.99 including postage. It was a big risk since I don’t really know anything about meerschaum but I wanted it and the pic on eBay made it look good. Well it arrived this morning, my first thought after unwrapping it was ‘what an ugly runty thing!’ It’s a little smaller then I was expecting and it’s not quite symmetrically carved, the previous owner must have thrown it around a bit and not cleaned it too often. I set about it with pipe cleaners, q-tips and strong booze to get the well dried tar out and realized then that the draft hole was about a quarter ways up the bowl and slightly to the right, I’m thinking now that I’ve bought a proper lemon but persevered anyway. I got it clean and it was time to smoke, now based on my description so far you would assume it to be a bad smoker, but I was pleasantly surprised when, apart from a slight ghost of something floral, it gave me pretty pleasant smoke and burned the bowlful of FVF right to the bottom. I’m really pleased with it now and actually kinda like the way it’s all beat up, but I think I’ll try and not take a risk like again, for a little while at least!