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Old May 30th, 2014, 03:01 AM
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So I've been a hookah smoker on and off for years, but I've always been stuck with cheaper gear. About a month ago I picked up a tangiers phunnel, and now I've got some cash for a better hookah, but since I've always bought shitty stuff from local shops, I wanted some advice.

My budget is right around $150, shipping included. I was looking at a 37 inch KM (the two pear on hookah-shisha) which is right on budget and looks good, but does anyone have any better suggestions. I'd appreciate links when possible, but any advice is great.
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Old May 30th, 2014, 03:35 AM
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Well for that price range you could get a nice Farida or even a nice solid brass Km.
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Old May 30th, 2014, 03:42 AM
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That's a good budget you have, don't get a KM Pear. The 'pear' in the pipe is just a cheap plastic ball. As mooshdavis said, for that price you can find a solid brass KM or look into checking out some Faridas.

All in all, whatever KM or Farida you will buy will smoke great, so it comes down to what you think looks nice. To me, however, solid brass KMs just feel, as well as smoke great. You can kill zombies by day (them pipes are some heavy motherfuckers) and smoke by night. Perfect
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Old May 30th, 2014, 05:36 AM
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Thanks for the input, I'm looking into either a km or farida double wheat now. From what I see it's more or less down to personal preference on the design between the two, as everything I see suggests they smoke basically the same.

Edit: probably a km as I'm having trouble finding faridas for sale...

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Old May 30th, 2014, 06:00 AM
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5starhookah has a Farida mini gem on sale right now for $99.
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Old May 30th, 2014, 06:01 AM
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Also thing worth mentioning is that if you decide to get KM Oxidized (painted) be prepared that the paint on KMs is not well done and comes off easy. My Ceramica arrived all scratched up with paint coming off easy, for a time I wanted to paint it but to be fair I can't be bothered, I've come to quite like that beat up look, and if it get's really bad I'll just rub it all off and polish it nicely.

I'm not sure how the oxidisation is done on Farida pipes, I hope someone could pitch in on the subject as I'm planning on getting my first Farida sometime this month.
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Old May 30th, 2014, 11:37 AM
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Moosh and Neopl are right. Brass is the way to go. Unless you have reasons for wanting such a large pipe (You'll be smoking from a bar stool, etc), l would advise a smaller pipe. If Khalil Mamoun is what's most readily available to you, a Kamanja (cello or violin) is a good choice. Really as long as you like the look, go for it. Performance will be comparable.
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Old May 30th, 2014, 11:43 AM
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I posted some info on what to look for in hoses and bowls a while back- l can't link to them from my phone, and it's too much to re-type, but you can drop them in the search bar: HOSES: MAKING AN INFORMED PURCHASING DECISION and BOWLS: MAKING AN INFORMED PURCHASING DECISION.
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Old May 30th, 2014, 12:19 PM
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here you go, so very bored at work today lol

http://www.hookahpro.com/forum/showt...t=hoses+making

http://www.hookahpro.com/forum/showt...t=bowls+making
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Nickel to OSV. Hey why not go off the grid and get a hope, platinum, Omar, temsa, megahed or any other brass Egyptian at a fraction of Km's mark-up, while being comparable or better?
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Old May 30th, 2014, 02:46 PM
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I hadn't heard of Omar before, but after looking into them they look quite nice. Plus the brass KMs were right on the edge of my budget, and I wouldn't mind a little extra for shisha and a hose or two.
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Good man.
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