Re: Off the beaten path (obscure hookah vendors)
I never understood the appeal of the mod chinese made rigs because, to me at least, the individualism found in tradition narghile and craftsmenship is big part of the appeal of smoking. It seems that in the states almost everyone has the same machined stuff which takes a lot of the fun out of buying a rig. I've found several good deals on traditional rigs that look better, smoke better, last much longer and are often cheaper then the stuff from chinese factories. Some of the sources mentioned above seem pretty good but a bit on the expensive side.