Re: Don't you hate it...
no speel, not all pipes are the same. I have a 17" modern and 3 syrians (had an eygptian too). I can most definatly tell the defference between the smokes on all the pipes.
even thou the shape may be the same, the materials, quality, workmanship and design all play important factors into making a "good" hookah pipe.
I am not saying that MYA or moderns aren't good - i do enjoy my modern mini, but i enjoy my syrians 100% more.
also another thing to take into consideration is the set-up of any pipe, you can take the "best" pipe in the world and set it up wrong (too much coal, bad coal, burnt shisha, dirty hookah, ect) and it can possibly be the worse smoke of all time.