Oh well, I suppose it had to happen sooner or later. I just received this rather nice looking little meer, only to discover that someone, somewhere along the line had used a spot of hot melt glue to cover a hole in the bottom of the bowl. It looks as if someone has been severely over enthusiatic with a pipe cleaner, probably while the pipe was hot and damp. If you look into the bowl there's a deepish groove running from the bore right across the bowl floor and part way up the opposite side, just breaking through the surface in an area about 3/32" round. For me, there's no financial loss involved, the vendor gave me an immediate refund and said they didn't want the pipe back. Now I have a pretty little meer that, in it's current state is pretty much junk. Hating to let it go without putting up some sort of fight to salvage things, I wondered if anyone knew of a way to replace the missing meer and make it smokeable again? I know it won't colour properly, but that isn't my prime concern. Is there a type of filler that could be used, or is it even possible to grind meer into a plaster of paris type material and use that as a filler? I have a fairly unpleasant little meer without a stem (already donated to my current favourite pipe) that could be pressed into service as a donor, if you think it will work. If nothing else, this serves as an object lesson in why not to clean a meer while it's still warm and moist.