Re: Egyptian "Quality"... WTF?
a lot of pipes don't just have crappy welds, they are missing them all together. there have been a few friends of mine that got an "egyptian" (unsure how true that is since most came from a shop) and the majority of them had the same leak where the hose piece goes into the heart.
one that i bought from a friend who didn't know much even had a copper core! not to mention the same leak, and another at the very base of the shaft right before the downstem.
that is true about the manufacturer not giving a shit though, they won't hear about it. i'd bet that aside from the glassblowing, with the right tools i would be able to craft a better hookah than a lot of them out there