Re: At Wits End with quality, Am I missing something?
KMs may not look as good as Chinese rigs in some cases because they are handmade but trust me the quality of KMs is far better. Chinese ones with the screw on downstem will eventually break and the common chamber will eventually fail on you whereas you will find the KMs to be more durable and will smoke alot better.
Having said that by the sound of it an AF hookah would have suited you better, excellent quality, design, looks, more durable than a KM and still smokes just as good. I would put it down to experience and next time go for a Syrian, preferably AF because they gave a traditional chamber.