At the moment I can't remember what I broke it in with...I think I posted it on here....That is a beautiful looking pipe! Have you smoked it yet? What did you christen it with?
Anywho, other than the dead spot at the bottom, it smokes great. The wide chamber and standard airway with a bit wider slot seem to bring out certain flavors. I noticed a difference in Maltese Falcon and Royal Yacht, for example. It does require a judicious pace to avoid overheating.