I (as probably most others) started out with aromatics... and then discovered the wonderful world of the English style blends. I have found that yes, they smoke different (spicier in most cases) than aromatics... but the aromatics tend to smoke "hot"... and I really don't think, personally, that the "smell" of the aromatics offsets the beauty of the taste of mostly natural tobacco blends.
Is it's SO easy to damage one, either by hitting it against something accidentally or smoking it "too hot". I love the flavor (or lack thereof) that it imparts to tobacco... but bang for the buck, I may stick with my cobs.
I've found that, next to a meerschaum pipe, that corn cobs tend to deliver a "truer" taste of the tobacco. It does tend to add a little sweetness to it, but every cob I've used has been a VERY pleasant smoke. There is a reason that I also use them for my "yard pipes" for when I'm doing yard work.
I really enjoy the spiciness a new briar adds to the tobacco when you fire up a new pipe. It's been while since I broke out a new briar, but after burning through the bottom of my favorite one, it was time. I forgot how much "zest" a new briar adds to the tobacco. I mainly use English blends, which are already "spicy".... but the new briar added to the same tobacco between the old one developing a hole and the new one using the same tobacco.
Bringing the board back online on a test run under SMF to see how it does. It doesn't have near the features I did when we were under IPS, but also the only one using the majority of those features was me.... so decided on a simple board to experiment with before I decide to bring the domain back full time.