While the outside of the pipe looks pretty good, I am more concerned about the inner workings. If the pipe does not smoke well, then I just wasted some of my hard-earned money. Taking a look at the bowl, I notice that there is some buildup on the inside of the pipe, but nothing major. In fact, this is actually helpful, as it is almost the perfect level for a good smoke, so I am happy. There is some evidence that the inside of the pipe was roughly cleaned, but not fully. Granted, Bob never claimed that he reamed it, so I am fine with it the way it is.
While the smoking qualities of the pipe are not the refurbisher's responsibility, I was very pleased to find that the Mastercraft Chief smoked wonderfully. While there were some issues at first, once I found the right tobacco, I had no issues with the pipe. I could easily light it and keep it going, and got full, satisfying mouthfuls of smoke with little effort. Additionally, the pipe burned clean and cool, which is wonderful.
Overall, I am very pleased with the Mastercraft Chief pipe that Bob from Perry White Pipes refurbished for me. The pipe looks clean, polished, and nice in my hand. There were very few problems with it, and all had been made clear in both the description and the images on his website. I was impressed with the speed of shipping and the professional nature in which Bob acts (including a followup email asking me about the pipe). Plus, the pipe only cost me $45, which, in my opinion, is well below its value. Perry White Pipes does a good job at refurbishing estate pipes (and making new ones) and they are well priced. You should check them out.