Originally Posted by Hajo Flettner
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.
I have to disagree. To me, the appeal of smoking comes in the aesthetics of the hookah, hot necessarily how it was made. I am a smoker of mod chinese hookahs, and enjoy the look, solid feel, and consistency that I get from them. If someone has the same hookah as me, I don't take offense or feel that my experience has been cheapened, but feel glad that that person can enjoy the same beauty that I experience from my hookah.