I FINALLY got around to reaming out my two main pipes and giving them a good cleaning. The pipe cleaners are OK for the quick clean-ups of course, but mine needed a more thorough job. It's been a good while since I did this and I bought a shank brush and used it along with cotton swabs and the ol' alcohol treatment. I have a lot of small hobby tools and I used my Dremel to open up the bottom of the bowls which were so caked they were narrowed like funnels! A really small round file opened up the draw holes nicely, too. They both smoke like new and I can taste the difference in the tobacco. I almost forgot how well they smoked...Guess I need to do this a little more frequently and not be so lazy about my pipe maintenance.
Smoking a pipe is true relaxation. Everything else is work.