So some of you know I just got into pipes and currently only own a cob. I decided I would not buy any expensive pipes until I get a good feel for what tobys I like and don't like. What you might not know is that I love collecting things. Used to be basketball cards and toys when I was younger and now it looks like I'm moving on to pipes. Yes, PAD has hit me but (sadly) it is not getting the best of me due to my limited funds. Still, I can't help but scour the internet looking for pipes I would like to own. So far I have 10 pipes in the $50-$120 range bookmarked on my computer for future considerations. I'm not too worried since they're from companies who will likely keep producing the same pipes for years to come. But then along comes: http://secure.smokingpipes.com/pipes/estate/denmark/moreinfo.cfm?product_id=65371 I found this pipe recently and I'm really torn with this. I've seen many great pipes in my short time in this hobby but there hasn't been one that I've wanted as bad as this. As I said earlier I can't really be spending this kind of money on pipes since I'm a jobless college student who is still saving for next semester's tuition but I could make this purchase happen if I really wanted. Here's a few pros and cons that I'm thinking of: Pros of buying it: -I like it a lot. There's very little I don't like about it. -This company's out of business so this may be my only shot at it. Cons of buying it: -According to smokingpipes.com: "Condition: 3.7/5 Cracked shank was repaired with a silver band, and the rim has darkened at the rear." (I'm pretty nit-picky when it comes to little details). -I wish the shank and stem were more like the 'yacht' or 'danish' in this picture: http://www.tobaccopiperestore.com/pipe chart 2.jpg -I've never held it so I only have a 2-D idea of how the pipe actually is. With these in mind I've thought of a few options: 1. Buy it and return it if I don't like it 2. Pass on it since I'll come by a similar pipe eventually that I may like as much or more 3. Pass on it and eventually get one custom made (how much would this cost?) I would love to hear any of your input on this matter guys.