My favorite (okay, my only) meerschaum came back from the shop today with a nice new stem and a FAR better connector.
The fit is PERFECT, snugger than I could have imagined, whereas before it was a bit on the wobbly side. As a bonus, a fluffy pipe cleaner now runs clear through to the bowl with ease. I'm about to go out and give it some Royal Yacht - I've been waiting weeks to smoke some. The meer is looking a bit dry - see if this will bring a little color back to it.