Nice review, and I agree with you on everything here. I got a straight one a couple of weeks ago and it's a good pipe, especially for the money! Admittedly, my first couple of bowls tasted a little bit like the varnish on the inside (or at least what I imagine varnish tastes like.) Gone now that there's a little cake in there.
Being a newb, I reckon I puff a bit harder than most, and it does get a little warm to the touch but never so much that I can't hold it.
(On an unrelated note, I notice you posting about Anni Kake pretty often, so much so that I'm going to be putting it on my 'to buy' list! TAD strikes again, huh? )