Originally Posted by uglybiker
Originally Posted by HookahMaster
yeah I know
I guess that's what I have to accept from a hand painted design...
I wouldn't. It looks like it's already had a couple of years of constant use (in which I'd understand it looking like that). It shouldn't look like that out of the box. "Handmade" should never be an excuse for shoddy workmanship.
I'd sent a pic to J&R and ask them about it.
They'll probably send you a new base.
I've got a rig that is very much like onein the pictures and since I assume they all come from the same workshop I'd bet mine is pretty close to HH's. So, I can say that the workmanship is first rate and it will function as well as anything you could buy at any cost. As the base mine looked that as well and after a year of being used several times a week and many hours soaking in detergents and being scrubbed it looks exactly the same. I have two friends that can report the same as well so i'd say no reason exists to suspect shoddy workmanship.