Re: Looking at Egyptians, any reccomendations?
Km's are good stuff, but personally I am a Magdy Zidan guy....at least for Egyptians.
I see Syrians came up.... so I'll pitch in on that one. Just as there are different models and makers of Egyptian hookahs, the same is for Syrian produced models. Many people run into trouble with Syrians that feature an auto seal system. The draw on those are quite restrained. What you want to look for in a Syrian hookah is a cast stem with a continuous tube running thru it that continues down into the water. I have called this a "cast and sleeved" hookah in the past. The cast parts are heavier and thicker and will hold up to abuse...the importance of the continuous sleeve is so that the hookah is easier to clean versus a hollow casting which has irregular porous surface. I personally believe that sleeved hookas smoke better, but that might just be me. If you can, avoid syrian hookahs that have screw in down stems...its just a weak link in the chain.
I find that Egyptian hookahs are a bit "throatier", they have wider inner stems than Syrians. At least in general.