I picked up an old estate at my local brick and mortar the other day. It's a 7 1/2" sandblast Canadian and is going to take some work to bring it back to life but when I saw it the old girl kind of "spoke" to me and I had to bring it home. The real problem with the pipe is the stem. Whoever owned it previously was a pretty sever clencher and has actually bitten through both sides of the stem (I can see daylight through the two holes) and continued to bit it until the hole on the top caused it to crack all the way through the button. The stem is trashed and is going to have to be replaced.
I'm going to be doing the clean-up and re-wax myself over the next couple of weeks but need some recommendations from some of the experts here on where to send it for the stem replacement. I'm sure there are dozens of places I can send it but wanted to get some recommendations first. I'm pretty infatuated with the Cumberland stems I see on some pipes and don't see a reason not to get one made for this pipe since it's a replacement. Any suggestions on who does a good Cumberland replacement stem will be most appreciated.