Along with Peterson's, Butz-Choquins, and a few others, I have several Dr. Grabows that are great smokers. Two I have had for over 20 years and have put a lot of different blends through them with no complaints at all.
I have always been an "inexpensive/cheap" pipe guy. I am more concerned about a well engineered pipe vs perfect grain & no fills etc. I have been enjoying recent purchases of a variety of: Mr Brog pearwood pipes, Dr Grabows, Morgan Bones, Nording Compass & Sailor & Eriksens (which use the Keystones) and of course a whole lot of MM Cobs (always the best smoke around). There are others I have been happy with: Carey Magic Inch as well as Brigham's with Rock Maple filters. So much enjoyment from these "low end pipes". I guess I got friends in low places.
Kevin...the Starfire line represents Grabow well...and many of the Starfire smooth had some terrific graining. I've got Grabows which smoke as good as any pipe I own...and I'm including artisan and pipes with white dots in that statement.