I actually think the KM I picked up from the tobacco shop is a little bit of a frankenstein hookah. The owner is an Egyptian guy, but it was his son that was working in there when I bought it and he didn't know anything. It was in a KM box and I believe it to be authentic, but not sure this was the original/intended vase. The downstem goes so far down into the vase that I can't add a diffuser. It also came with what was clearly a Mya hose. Also, if you notice in the picture I put some silicone pads underneath the tray -- it was rattling like crazy when I smoked from it (there's also some Tangiers Kiwi acclimating there in the background
), so that probably wasn't the original. But at $40 I couldn't pass it up, and it smokes/purges great.
I knew the syrian fanboys would take offense. Don't get me wrong, these are good pipes and I love them. I've just had great results from these KMs.