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Old November 20th, 2009, 01:38 AM
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Default Look what I got, and it's leaning!



I just got a new hookah. It's a 40" solid brass syrian hookah of some kind or so the guy at my local shop explained. I picked it up used. The guys at the shop were pining over it. It's hard to see in the picture, but there are extremely intricate designs etched all over the stem, which alone weighs easily 6 - 7 pounds. It smokes like a freakin' dream! But, best of all, it was only $40.

The base it came with was cracked pretty badly, so I picked up another one from a local shop. Trouble is, the glass is uneven at the top and the thing leans like no other.

I'm wondering if there's a simple fix to the leaning problem or should I just head back and try and get a different base. Or, maybe I should just store this baby away until a base worth of the stem emerges.

What do you think?
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Old November 20th, 2009, 01:46 AM
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Good purchase!
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Old November 20th, 2009, 02:06 AM
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Hmm maybe sand it down a bit so the grommet will fit the vase?
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Old November 20th, 2009, 02:09 AM
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hrm... shim with electrical tape?
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Old November 20th, 2009, 02:11 AM
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Nice find...Having a local shop I bet you could get a nice replacement vase cheap.I'd also get a new tray that that one looks like its seen its better days..
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Old November 20th, 2009, 02:23 AM
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I would honestly just take a belt sander to he base's top side... make sure you measure and mark... sand it down from there. use a level for obvious reasons... easy fix.
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Old November 20th, 2009, 04:03 AM
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I would honestly just take a belt sander to he base's top side... make sure you measure and mark... sand it down from there. use a level for obvious reasons... easy fix.
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Old November 20th, 2009, 06:05 AM
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this.
Nice stem, you got yourself a bargain and if it was me even if the base could be fixed I would still buy a new one because that hookah us worth it.
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Old November 20th, 2009, 07:55 AM
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looks more egyptian to me, still a great purchase though!
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Old November 20th, 2009, 09:50 AM
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looks more egyptian to me, still a great purchase though!
i can see why you say that, but without better lighting...eh

anyhow looks nice, id consider a new base if the grommet bit doesnt work for you
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Old November 20th, 2009, 10:20 AM
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just store this baby away until a base worth of the stem emerges.
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Old November 20th, 2009, 10:51 AM
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Gorgeous!
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Old November 20th, 2009, 11:42 AM
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Keep in mind that most of these hookahs are handmade. There are bound to be a few imperfections. My little Heart of the Lion KM leans just a smidgin to one side. Smokes fine, at any rate you chose a beautiful hookah! Makes me want a large one.
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Old November 20th, 2009, 11:51 AM
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Just find a gasket that leans the other way to compensate.
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Nice find! hopefully you can solve the problem
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Great find! You lucky person you!
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sugar packet underneath one side.. it works for my coffee table
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Default Re: Look what I got, and it's leaning!

Problem solved! I went back to my local shop and they exchanged it for me. They even went and found the right size grommet and did all the testing for me.

Excellent. I'll post some new pictures soon. This thing smokes like a dream. Even the noise it makes is beautiful!
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Old November 20th, 2009, 09:26 PM
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WOW nice find post some piks
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That thing is super sexy. Awesome find!
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Old November 21st, 2009, 12:38 PM
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Default Re: Look what I got, and it's leaning!

So I finally got around to taking some more detailed pictures and I thought I'd share them. Alas, I think I've become overzealous in my hookah and accessory purchasing in the last couple weeks and I think I will need sell her off.











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Old November 21st, 2009, 12:58 PM
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is it one of the ones who's stem and downstem comes apart?
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Old November 21st, 2009, 01:13 PM
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Yes, it comes apart into three pieces starting just above the heart.
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Yes, it comes apart into three pieces starting just above the heart.
Ahh ok that's what I thought, so there's no center stem. And most likely a plated chamber. I love the etchings by the way, and the color looks awesome.
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Old November 21st, 2009, 01:18 PM
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Default Re: Look what I got, and it's leaning!

Thanks!

It's solid brass. The stem inside is the same cylindrical shape all the way through, except for one middle piece which has the same shape inside as outside. It would be a pain to clean, but it come apart into its own piece which cleans out no sweat.
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