really great hookah! but yes there are problems. the acrylic strips off where you screw the stem and base. this happens slowly over time (well for me it did). until finally you cant screw the base on. there wasnt any rusting though. if the acrylic problem was fixed and i think it is with the new glass bases, this would be the AK-47 of hookahs. tough look, heavy duty, easy to clean.