Re: Egyptian "Quality"... WTF?
The Egyptian hookah manufacturers could care less what you think Matt, and I agree with you. From my many ongoing conversations with the importers the manufacturers really just care about money and will tell you what you want to hear in order to buy then leaving you feel the way you do.
You should send your post to Khalil Mamoon, Magdy Zidan, Temsah, or any other manufacturer, and see if you get a response. My guess will be no.
Now on the Syrian hookah issue, I do think the outer stems look great but many models are not so great when you examine the inner working. The AF ones are really good and solid but with Syrian hookahs it's a bit hit and miss. If you hit consider yourself lucky.