Bought my first Peterson last week, a Kapet rustic 69. I unboxed it while driving home and put it in my mouth for the first time and couldn't get my window down fast enough! Had to spit the salty taste out of my mouth (and I love salt)! Then I smelled the bowl and yuk!! Took it home and cleaned the entire bit with grain alchohol, also cleaned the bowl with it too, cleaned it till there was no more black (stain?) coming off. It then was fine. Are all Petersons like that? I have been smoking cobs and baskets prior to this and never experienced anything like it. I have been smoking two bowls of CH a day since I bought it and can't really complain about the break in process that everyone, including the owner of the shop, warned me about with Petersons.
On a side note, I have read that you should test the draw on a new pipe before you buy it if you are buyin in person, how does one do that, I would think once it hits your mouth your committed to buy it, no? Thanks for any replies in advance.