I like Meerschaum pipes, but in my limited experience, the stems are really sloppy compared to many of my briars. And my meerschaums are decent, relatively well known brands. I notice either a narrow bore,chubby at the button, or lacking a nicely fanned-out smoke channel at the end. I'm looking at an IMP, but don't want to bother if the stem isn't the equivalent of a good briar. Thoughts or suggestions, anyone?