A Lee pipe, can, if not to abused, be brought back to service as a decent smoker, one you might reach for more times than not. It isn’t the choir of angels that Mr. Briar Lee would have you believe, but it is a decently reliable smoke and the pipe can be polished up to look very appealing. And yes, as parsimonous has said, it has a mystic.I'll say that you have made me curious about Lee pipes, and I would be willing to try one just because of your ruminations, which has inspired millions. But the ever changing story about Lee pipes isn't something that might be believable. The Lee is past and the story shouldn't be changing so much, with so little new information coming in. It is almost like a guilty man changing his story, about what, I don't know. All I've learnt from this is that Lee makes the sweetest smoking pipe in the world.