I never had a Chacom, so no comment there; but I get good results from my B/C D'Accord bent bulldog (1024 shape). IMO, it smokes much better since I removed the lacquer finish -- something many smokers would choose not to do. (Really, my issues with the shiny finish were more aesthetic than functional anyway.) At B/C's price point, it's not a bad pipe.
I've always admired Butz-Choquin pipes aesthetically, but hesitate to buy one. The general consensus I found in this forum is that they are generally good pipes but many people have also told me they smoke hot. I'm sure the tobacco and the mouth smoking the pipe have as much to do with that as the pipe does though. haha
I have a few Butz Choquin pipes including a few handmade specials and they are great smokers. My favourite is a large smooth calabash shape 'Maitre Pipier De Luxe' with brass military stem fitting. Bought NOS for about £65...bargain of the year in my book ::
I also have a stunning 'Collection Supra' bent ball/bulldog with amazing grain. Another great smoker bought NOS for about £30!
If I have one complaint is that the draw on the Chacom I have is very tight but the draw on the Ropp is great. So next time I'll just buy more Ropp's.
I would like to buy a Comoy at some point.
I really like the Chacom Elephant series:
J'aime les pipes francaises pour leur price et quality, > Yes can't argue, all aforementioned do correspond the truth,generally speaking,I have found french make pipes wheter,ButZ Choquin or Chacom and even Ropp,all thse St Claude made pipes offer very good Price/quality and based on my experience in past and now,these have less visual flaws or construction issues to be found in comparition with the medium priced Petersons.Nonetheless,should to be said,I'm observing all my French make pipes wheter Rattray,Chacom, Ropp, Butz they tend to smoke a bit hotter than Say My Savinelli or Petersons- especially if they come with walls on thinner side,yet as expected the draw is a bit more restricted-
The one Butz Choquin I have was purchased in 1983 or so. I find that it is really unsuitable in hot, damp, Louisiana, because it smokes hot and wet in ambient air temperatures above 50 degrees. I feel the heavy lacquered finish is the cause. I have removed the heavy finishes from cheaper pipes, and those smoked much cooler, so I think I have corroborating evidence. One day I might do that the the Butz.
I also have a Ropp Vintage, which is lightweight and cool smoking. Mine has the horn stem, which is comfortable, but takes tooth marks readily.
The Chacom pipes are popular, but I have yet to own one.