Maybe have a look at Pipes&Cigars.com, when you click the Pipes tab there is a category for Top Pipe Brands, most of these will have some pipes in that range. These are brands like Rossi, Bariccini, Crown Big Ben, Grabow etc. all solid brands, some like Rossi are seconds of other well known brands. The Crown pipes are on sale for $20 right now. I wouldn’t worry to much about all the different shapes just yet, find something that you like the looks of and go for it!
If I see a stick that made a noob nic sick,I put it on my list as a must try. (UBC03)