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Old October 31st, 2007, 08:19 AM
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Default Re: Hookah diversity as a deciding factor....

i have 5 hookahs, 3 Syrians, 1 Egyptian, 1 modern.... 2 different types of Syrians.

Enameled Syrians (27-33" depending on base, stem is about 18"-20" long. 2 holed heart, solid stem. Steel w/ brass core.)

1) Overall Flavor = perfect, always true to taste, no metallic or modification.
2) temperature/ comfort in mouth = perfect, just the right height for coolness and density.
3) density/heaviness of smoke = perfect, depending on brand, set-up, and bowl. Always works smoothly.
4) after-taste = perfect, there never is any unless the hookah is dirty.
5) overall sensation = perfect. draw is perfect, smoking experience is wonderful, height makes floor use optamal.

Engineer Syrian (29" overall height - dismantalble. 4 hole heart. Steel/brass?)

1) Overall Flavor = excellent, as long as clean, no additional taste.
2) temperature/ comfort in mouth = perfect, can be light on the "feeling" at times
3) density/heaviness of smoke = perfect, depending on brand, set-up, and bowl. Always works smoothly.
4) after-taste = none, perfect.
5) overall sensation = great, not perfect. Autoseal system requires alittle tweaking. Highly recommend using WIDE hoses with this hookah.

Egyptian (22" overall height - solid 1 piece, steel)

1) Overall Flavor = perfect, no alteration providing clean
2) temperature/ comfort in mouth = can be alittle warm, due to shortness, but 7/8ths of the time perfect (4 out of 5)
3) density/heaviness of smoke = perfect, performs just as well as a 27-30" version.
4) after-taste - none (perfect) if clean
5) overall sensation = almost perfect. Smooth draw, wonderful smoke, smaller size allows easy table use. Very rarely, smoke gets harsh - clear the chamber or add ice, great smoke returns.

Modern (17" overall, ALUM, 1 piece stem)

1) Overall Flavor = mostly pleasant
2) temperature/ comfort in mouth = 50/50 - sometimes perfect, other times too strong/harsh
3) density/heaviness of smoke - mild to heavy, but mostly mild
4) after-taste - iffy, can sometimes have a slight metallic taste
5) overall sensation - at first, it was great little rig, now i'm on the verge of tossing it. Often gets a strange metallic taste to the smoke. Almost always TIPS unless held while smoking due to the Mod'ed hose (which HAS to be used w/ stem - others don't fit right)

Out of all my hookahs, I use the Enameled Syrians and the Egyptian the most. The Engineer hookah i love as well, but it is so heavy, ornate and a 2-hose model, it's only dragged out every great once and awhile.
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