Thanks to the advice of a few lovely people on here I've just received my first cobs (and an Ozark), a Diplomat 5th Ave, a Country Gent and a Missouri Pride. Only smoked the Pride and the hardwood Ozark so far. Very, very happy with the Pride, what a wonderful pipe. Couple of questions on the others though. Not too sure on the Ozark, was a little disappointed since everyone seems to love them, smokes great but the shank goes into the bowl far too high for me, there's at least a 2mm gap underneath where the shank enters the bowl, is this normal for them? It's going to take a hell of a lot of mud to sort it out isn't it? One final thing, not such of a big problem but the Diplomat and CG I got aren't plugged, I'd read these models had all been plugged for years now, does this mean I bought very old stock (it wasn't from corncobpipe.com as I'm in Europe, it was smokingpipes.eu). As I said not such a big deal, I was just expecting them to have the plugs, if they smoke half as good as the Pride then I will be a happy camper. Should I use mud on them or is this not really worth it. I've smoked briars for years so all this is a bit new to me, any help would be appreciated.