*Ejecting from my tangent*
I'm helping a friend pick out his first pipe tomorrow. Any suggestions for new ones? I personally think "estates" are the way to go for learning, but they don't sell well, and many shops have stopped carrying them. I'm not sure of his price range, although I would think $80-100.
By "estates", do you mean old, used pipes? If so, Ebay is the way to go. You can get a lot for a very inexpensive price and pick the best looking ones. My pipe collection is mostly this. Also, my favorite pipe is a meerschaum I had ordered custom-carved in Turkey. Meerschaum is great because it doesn't pick up the tobacco flavor like a briar pipe. So, while your friend is trying to find the blend he likes, he can taste the flavor without tasting the previous bowl's contents. PM me for the site, prices are very reasonable.
First pipe for the first smoke? If so, a Missouri Meerschaum Corncob for about 6 bucks or less. This avoids fouling a more expensive briar with flavors he may not like as he tests the blends.
If he has smoked pipes before, and is sure he wants to invest $80-$100, a new Peterson or Savinelli should fit. Ebay is just too big a gamble, in my experience.
Remind him - puff slowly, do not inhale.