Just looking for other opinions. I'm divided on this myself.
I own a Radice and a Ser Jacopo and I'm not 100% sure if they really smoke any better than my Savinellis and Hardcastles. They certainly do look nicer though (and some of my Petes, Savs, Hardcastles and similar are some pretty good looking pipes).
So, for someone like me who is a smoker, who appreciates a nice pipe, but is not really a collector, is there really any advantage to the higher end pipes? If not, at what level do things start to tip?
I'm thinking about adding another pipe. While I do love my Ser Jacopo and Radice, I also love the lower lines I mentioned above. I do think my high end pipes smoke better, but I'm not totally sure if that is just psychology since I paid so much.
I'm thinking about ponying up some money and buying something from Northern Briar, Ferndown, Ashton, or possibly even Dunhill to add a high end English to my high end Italians (and I love the mid-level English pipes). For someone who is more a smoker than a collector, is there really any value to buying at this level over just adding a Parker or another Hardcastle, Ben Wade, or Invicta?