Well, I have been in line for a Cooke black blasted billiard (with amber stem) for a month or so now and the commission timeline is some time this August. However, tonight JT posted a tan Rhodesian for sale and, in a fit of split second PAD excess, I pulled the trigger on it. This will be my first Cooke pipe. I told the wife it is my Valentines present. I find his craggy blasts very fascinating, so I hope I will like this one when I meet it in person.