Starting with a poorly designed pipe will just cause you more pain than $$$ saved. I would start with a low end Savinelli.. lots to choose from in the $40 -> $60 range. All Savinelli pipes are good smokers. Try cupojoes.com, pipesandcigars.com or 4noggins.com. I started around Christams with a Sav from my FIL, I now have 2 more Sav, 1 Peterson System, 1 Tinsky, 1 Cassano and several no names. Plus pounds of tobacco.