So, on that other forum Mister Moo posted again with some nicer things to say about the 1970 Dunhills. Already, I figured even the worst year for Dunhill won't be a bad pipe. Dunhill may not be worth as much as they sell for, but they are good pipes. There are other brands that interest me more, but I always figured that if I did get a Dunhill it would be a birth year pipe. Bulldogs are in my top 2 or 3 favorite shapes, and often are my absolute favorites (when I'm not on an X shape kick). So, I decided to give it one more shot and counter-offered at $270...
If you check back at the link you will see that the pipe is sold...He accepted my offer, I've paid, it is mine!
Holy crap, with shipping I just paid $279 for a pipe
I guess I'll really get to see the performance of a high end v. good mid-level pipe controlling for as many factors as possible (Dunhill bulldog v. Hardcastle bulldog), but I must say, this pipe better be good!
I can't wait!