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Old November 6th, 2009, 09:35 PM
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I was down at my local hookah vendor today (Cafe Istanbul for those in the Tempe, AZ area) and I saw that they had just recently gotten in a bunch of beautiful looking gold stemmed three-hose hookahs with beautiful purple jewelled and painted bell-shaped vases. They weren't terribly ornate, but they were nice looking pieces - didn't look like complete chinese junk.I wasn't able to snap a picture, though, sadly. Anyway, the owner said they are on special today and tomorrow for $35 because he has so many in right now. I do have the extra cash, but I'm not sure if it could be better spent elsewhere. What do you guys think?
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Old November 6th, 2009, 09:37 PM
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Well, if this was your first rig then i would go for it. If not, then I wouldnt.
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Old November 6th, 2009, 10:03 PM
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Even though let s say you wouldn t use it, this would still be a nice addition as a decoration or an art piece, if of course, it is well made, i would go fr it at this price...
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Old November 6th, 2009, 10:21 PM
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Well, if this was your first rig then i would go for it. If not, then I wouldnt.
Nah, I've had 3 hookahs:

1st was a smaller 1-hose rig maybe 20 inches, not sure where from as a friend gave it to us because his parents didn't like that he smoked. Unfortunately this one vanished during a move.
2nd was an all-glass rig made by my glass blower friend, smoked really well but broke all too easily.
My current hookah is a decent 28inch 1 hose Chinese, not Mya but not bad quality.

I've been looking around a bit for a smaller travel hookah, and this one definitely doesn't fit the bill for portability, but it sure does look purty.
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Old November 6th, 2009, 11:36 PM
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For travel I would rather go for a Mya QT or a Bambino or a Petite. Watch out for those Chinese rigs I have one and it is a rust magnet.

If you want a good second Rig try for a KM or one of the Nour/Syrians or the AF the MZ is also a good quality Hookah. The Smoking of a Hookah is not about what looks Nice but about a Hookah that delivers the flavor with ease. I know all these Chines knockoffs look purdy and all but think of the headaches they cause.
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Old November 7th, 2009, 12:54 AM
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nice to see someone plugging MZ's. get an MZ! everyone! =p
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Old November 7th, 2009, 01:14 AM
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make sure its sturdy and everything fits together...have the guy put one together for you try taking it apart and putting it back together (maybe check for leaks too)

then whip out your wallet/purse smile and purchase
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Old November 10th, 2009, 12:36 AM
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Go for it, impulse is good
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Old November 10th, 2009, 12:41 AM
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I would but the money towards a QT or a Bambino if you are looking for something portable. I'm hearing good things about the Petite, too.
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Old November 10th, 2009, 12:49 AM
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35 bucks for a three hoser no matter if its chinese or not is a steal. For my two hose chinese that I bought when I was first starting out, I paid 70 bucks, so hell ya I would do it. Even if you only use it as a party hookah it will be worth it.
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I say go for it as well. Make sure you can inspect it before purchase - dents, tarnishes, rust, air leaks, etc, so you know you're not buying some complete knock off piece of junk. And the fact that it has three hoses really adds another bonus on top of the low price. And like Abyss said if you end up not smoking it it would still look great as a work of art. Cheers!
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Old November 10th, 2009, 12:41 PM
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Yeah, $35 bucks isn't bad. If it feels like a good build and it seals nicely, it's bound to smoke well too.
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$70.00 for a Chinese, gosh I hope it was gold plated!
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$70.00 for a Chinese, gosh I hope it was gold plated!
Nope, that is what we call small town economics. That and idiots running the local headshop who just bought retail and then marked it up some more.
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Well, he said it was only going to be that price for a couple of days, and I didn't make it over there again yet. I guess I'll see if he'll still honor it next time I go.
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well maybe you should wait, put your money aside and then go for a nice one like an AF or a Nour...but it s true, it s for travelling, so maybe go for a Mya QT
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While I do want a travel hookah, It'd also be nice to have a multi-hose rig for parties and what-not, different hookahs for different purposes. Then again, only a couple people smoked my hookah at my Halloween party, so maybe not having a party pipe won't matter. Either way, I don't think I can get the deal on it any more. Guess I'll just keep my cash in my pocket and wait for something cooler to pop up.
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wise decision, always better to save for something which we really want
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i'd say go for it
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While I do want a travel hookah, It'd also be nice to have a multi-hose rig for parties and what-not, different hookahs for different purposes. Then again, only a couple people smoked my hookah at my Halloween party, so maybe not having a party pipe won't matter. Either way, I don't think I can get the deal on it any more. Guess I'll just keep my cash in my pocket and wait for something cooler to pop up.

Good idea. Had a couple of multi-hosers back in the day... Not nearly worth the hassle.

That, and I find a certain enjoyment in passing the hose around a small circle of friends.
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