@shermnatman what is it about Carter hall that makes it your preferred break in blend?Good Morning, Gang!
Now Smoking: Pre-Dominican Prince Albert, in a 5.3" Peterson Sherlock Holmes Series XL23 LeStrade model, smooth apple with sterling sliver band, fully bent Vulcanite stem, and P-Lip button.
This pipe is still very new and still under the breaking-in stage; and, still gurgling away madly.
I have no doubt that once sufficient cake has begun to build this will subside completely. My Peterson Ashford '68 also began it's tenure here as a very noisy gurgler.... and after settling-in, has never made a peep since.
In the meantime, a quick mid-smoke poke with a pipe cleaner remedies the noisy situation at this stage.
While a PA loyalist, this is cake-building operation is really properly a job for Cater Hall, of which I have none on hand at this time.
I have no fear that the LeStrade Pete will sort itself out in due time - like others in my rotation, which started off on the cranky side - and end up a very fine and noise-free smoker.
Time will tell. - Sherm Natman