Re: opinions on my starter package
Agreed. I started with the Nile and have since upgraded. All of the H-S generic egyptian hookahs use the same common plated construction. My Nile smokes fine, no complaints there. It's just that the plated common chamber is literally impossible to clean, there is no way to get a cleaning brush into it. About the only thing you can do is fill the chamber with a cleaning solution of some sort and rinse it out the best you can. This will be the same for the Sphinx.
And yeah, what sucks about getting into hookah is that even after you've made the up-front investment, you find yourself spending money on it all the time! LOL!