I bought my Chemex 6 cup pot 22 years ago while I was dating a girl who had one. It came in a blue and white box, which I still own, with original filters intact. The leather tie has since been replaced by a white shoe string, but that does the job just fine and doesn't come loose like the leather did. This relationship was a real head-over-heels experience and my first exposure to connaisseur coffee. She tasted great and so did the coffee. Maybe that's why I still like coffee today :)
I used the pot for a couple of years after we broke up, but drifted into using auto drips out of sheer laziness and time constraints. I got married ten years ago and pulled it out for my wife. We used it for awhile, but it became shelved again for an auto drip for the same reasons. I pulled it out of the attic yesterday after the third auto drip in ten years died on me. My wife still has misgivings about the Chemex, but if I make the coffee she doesn't care, just so long as she gets her cup. Needless to say, her history and euphoric connectedness with it doesn't even come close to mine.
The method my then girlfriend and I used to make coffee was different from Chemex's instructions. Chemex suggests a coarse to medium grind, but we used the espresso grind. I still use this grind today for all my filtered coffees. We found that more of the bean is exposed if ground fine and will drip through the paper slower for more of that deep, rich coffee flavor and kick. We purchased fresh-roasted coffee from a little store in Baltimore and ground enough ourselves when ready to make a pot. This really makes a difference in flavor. (I don't live in Baltimore any longer, but now buy mail-order coffee from an outfit that roasts speciality coffee right before they ship. My favorite region is Indonesia and the outlying islands).
The Chemex filters really are the best to use, since it is made from precipitate paper, the kind used in a chemistry lab. You may remember this from high school science. The Melitta, or standard, filters just don't have enough thickness to capture all the bad oils. (One thing I learned as I've aged is that bad coffee oils raise cholesterol, so I'll do what I can to avoid that). In a pinch, if the Chemex paper is not available, I'll use two Melitta filters to compensate - but I still want my money back, if you know what I mean.
All in all, I still enjoy my Chemex. It allows me to enjoy a good pot of coffee without shelling out $50+ for another auto drip, and provides a touch of euphoric recall for these tired old bones!