I know, Duh! Bear with me for a few.
I've been a member here for a short while, a lurker for a year. I don't post much as I have little of real value to add, being newish to pipes and a idiot, comparatively, to the knowledge here.
I am poor. I have a lousy job, and 2 kids, wife, dog that uses up most of my money. For 2 years of pipe smoking I have settled for trying tobacco and not spending on pipes. I have a couple estate Grabows and a handful of cobs and 6 basket pipes(all of which I got as gifts or second/third/fourth hand). I had my eye on a Savinelli at my local shop. I had it put on hold months ago, thinking I'd purchase it with my tax return. It was NOS and the shop owner has been a real friend to this noob, and made me a great price deal. This week I had the extra cash to go buy it finally. Unfortunately, it was MIA. 4 guys scoured the shop and no pipe. I was highly disappointed and a little miffed. I had been lusting after this pipe for months. I have not found another like it and still have hope the boys just misplaced it, instead of some other mouth smoking it, without giving it the love I would have. The shop owner took pity on me and offered to make me a deal on another pipe. Well that deal turned into two pipes. One new and one estate. The new one was a low end Nording and the estate was a LaStrada. ( No I can't post pictures, no camera)
Now to the point of the post.
I had read all the thoughts about the evils of low end "basket" pipes, while smoking one and thinking " bull, my cheap pipes smoke as well as those $400 ones". I was wrong. These two mid range pipes have changed my mind. I can actually say I'm a pipe smoker now, not just a nicotine junkie. (I am still one of those)These two pipes smoke better, taste better and stay lit. No more 10 or 20 relights per bowl. Granted I am not a attentive smoker. I'll puff a few times and then get up to make tea or something. This LaStrada stays lit for minutes, not seconds like my Grabow.
So my advice for new pipe smokers is start with a couple cobs and a couple minimum $50 pipes. The bad part for me is I may only get one more good pipe this year, and that is only if they find MY Sav. If anyone in Columbus knows a smoker that has a new Sav, slight bent, with a clear stem, tell him to give it back. Mine! (lol, sorta)
Thanks for reading y'all.