Re: buying a hookah
There's alot to choose from out there. First, I suggest reading thru the Product Review section and see what pipes people have bought and used. Then read the Vendor Review section to get ideas about who, what, where... etc.
Then decied on how much you want to spend, how large of a stem will you want, and then what style do you think you'd like to try. KM's & MZ's are good brands for Eygptian styles, various vendors sell Syrians, MYA's are good, but you'll want to spend alittle more on one of those. Stems can range from 17"-33"+, so it's all about how much space you can use (permantent storage or need to stash it away).
Welcome to HP and feel free to ask more questions - everybody will be glad to offer suggestions.