Another thought---you know folks who will tell you that one must have that special pipe--you know the one---made out of that mysterious mega year old briar that perhaps doesn't exist. My questionis a simple one to debate. Do you feel that the age of the briar along with good engineering is a great attribute. Lets just say--the carver has taken care of the briar block--its been properly cured, and such. NOW granted I know quality briar, and quality engineering go hand in hand, BUT----what say you on the idea of aged briar verses engineering-----just another though to ponder, and debate.