Just a quick update - I'm very much enjoying this pipe -- still not colouring a lot (just a bit around the stem socket) but I'm not unhappy since I smoke it rather than fuss about colour! I just had one of the best smokes I've ever had! Hearth and Home Butternut Burley, lasted almost 2 hours and was fantastic!
Thanks, Sinan -- great pipe!
I believe that pipe smoking contributes to a somewhat calm and objective judgment in all human affairs - Albert Einstein