Thank you for reminding me I have no 1 but 2 commissioned pipes running... I can buy a gazillion of corn cobs for that money!An interesting inference here that a subpar just means not fancy.
If that’s the case there are plenty of non fancy tobaccos that are enjoyable and I’d take the exceptional pipe to enjoy them in.
But the topic said would you rather. To me that sounds like making a choice, which I don't have to as im in a lucky position my wife allows me to spend money on this money on this hobby (yeah yeah, I know....) instead of model trains. But my choice still stands, if I wasn't allowed to spend money on this hobby I'll be buying cobs and tobacco instead of commissions and tobacco.