Never smoked a Mr. Brog, but I've heard decidedly mixed opinions - often inversely proportional to the smoker's level of experience. Those Rossis are cheap, no-nonsense smokers made from briar - I dont believe the Mr. Brogs are (not 100% sure on that last bit). You could do a lot worse for 40 bucks. I'll second the estate pipe suggestion...you can get well-made pipes for not a lot of dough, especially if you're willing to put a little elbow grease into them.
I've picked up some great estate pipes on ebay for cheap. Some needed work, others were in good shape. Another option is paying attention to folks selling pipes on the various forums; there are good deals to be had. I have looked at Mr. Brog pipes but decided to go the Morgan Bones route. Or there are always the cobs!