Got this pipe about a month and a half ago, and have been smoking it every day two to three times a day since... I was a little worried about the Vulcan stem, but that proved to be a waste of stress, cause the stem isn't giving me the problems that I have had in the past with Vulcan stems. What I do notice is the fact that I like the feel of vulcanite on my teeth much more than the acrylic stems. It's so much more comfortable. This pipe also has the P-lip, something else that I wasn't too sure about but I don't seem to mind at all. The important thing that I learned most from this pipe is that I now know that there really is a difference between good smoking pipes and great smoking pipes! My Savinelli and Stairwell pipes are really good smoking pipes, but this Peterson truly is for me a great smoking pipe! There is so much more than a pipe being a shape that you like, having it sit comfortably in your mouth, and it not affecting the taste of the tobacco to have it qualify as a great smoking pipe. I wish I could pin it down, but I can't seem to name that exact quality that makes a pipe truly great, other than the fact that this Pete is great smoking pipe to me. It looks now that I'm going to be shopping for more Petersons in my next purchases, and hoping to find more pipes that I love, like this!