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Old June 6th, 2007, 03:28 PM
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Default Off the beaten path (obscure hookah vendors)

Sometimes it seems that all the hookah vendors here Stateside have pretty much the same thing.... or very close to the others wares. Long ago I made it a point to go looking off the beaten path for vendors that sell different hookahs than what we are used to seeing everyday. Hers a short list of a few I found.

Mind you that most of these are overseas companies and the shipping on some of the items are rather high... but if you just had to have what others dont... well. heres a few options.

Turkish hookahs

http://www.yurdan.com/yrdn/Browse.as...Nargile&node=1

http://www.alaaddinscave.com/allnarghile.htm

http://www.anticgift.com/index.php?q...egories&cid=18

Lebanese:

http://www.prestomart.com/product.ph...%20with%20Gold

http://lebaneseproducts10.chainreact...94078593e7beb2

Syrian:

http://syriangate.com/nargile.htm

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Old June 6th, 2007, 03:44 PM
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WOW, those are some niiiccceee hookahs!

I love my KM, but I think my next hookah is going to be traditional, beautiful to look at, and tall! There are some really nice ones in there for me to check out!

Good Find Lake! Thanks for sharing!
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Old June 6th, 2007, 04:44 PM
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I never understood the appeal of the mod chinese made rigs because, to me at least, the individualism found in tradition narghile and craftsmenship is big part of the appeal of smoking. It seems that in the states almost everyone has the same machined stuff which takes a lot of the fun out of buying a rig. I've found several good deals on traditional rigs that look better, smoke better, last much longer and are often cheaper then the stuff from chinese factories. Some of the sources mentioned above seem pretty good but a bit on the expensive side.
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Old June 6th, 2007, 06:05 PM
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Wow, those are some really beautiful hookahs.
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Old June 7th, 2007, 02:17 AM
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I never understood the appeal of the mod chinese made rigs because, to me at least, the individualism found in tradition narghile and craftsmenship is big part of the appeal of smoking. It seems that in the states almost everyone has the same machined stuff which takes a lot of the fun out of buying a rig. I've found several good deals on traditional rigs that look better, smoke better, last much longer and are often cheaper then the stuff from chinese factories. Some of the sources mentioned above seem pretty good but a bit on the expensive side.
I have to disagree. To me, the appeal of smoking comes in the aesthetics of the hookah, hot necessarily how it was made. I am a smoker of mod chinese hookahs, and enjoy the look, solid feel, and consistency that I get from them. If someone has the same hookah as me, I don't take offense or feel that my experience has been cheapened, but feel glad that that person can enjoy the same beauty that I experience from my hookah.
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Old June 7th, 2007, 08:50 AM
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It's a personal preference, some like tradtional - others go for more modern. I like old egyptians and syrains myself, but I own a modern one as well. I want my next hookah to be a ornate version - fully functional but beautiful to behold.

Lake - i love that last site you found, those syrians are beautiful - true syrains as well (you can see from the bowl/head design), but you have to order atleast 3 from them at a time. Good thing is the prices are very reasonable, so it wouldn't be much more than a typical (for me) hookah purchase (80-120$). I may have to take a real close look at them and see if they have any I may like.

PS: if anybody else likes those and wants to "co-op" a purchase, I'd be willing to.
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Old June 7th, 2007, 09:19 AM
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On one of the lebanese sites there's a "three pack" of hookahs, all 30" .
That's a deal no matter how you slice it...
Thanks for posting these up man, I've never seen any of these sites.
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Old June 7th, 2007, 09:27 AM
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I went and found what your were talking about Rudie. Three pack traditional pipes - but no info on pipes, no close up pictures (even on seprate pipes) and the shipping to USA would be 78$. So total would be = $166. Not too bad, but I would rather know more about what I was getting and better pictures before I spent that much $$ on a Hookah order.

But they have very nice Hookahs.
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Old June 7th, 2007, 09:34 AM
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Yeah, I actually tried to get info and enlarge the pic after I posted lol...
Disappointed a little, but no matter, It's not like I need 3 more hookahs haha.
Appreciate the follow up though!
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It's a personal preference, some like tradtional - others go for more modern. I like old egyptians and syrains myself, but I own a modern one as well. I want my next hookah to be a ornate version - fully functional but beautiful to behold.

Lake - i love that last site you found, those syrians are beautiful - true syrains as well (you can see from the bowl/head design), but you have to order atleast 3 from them at a time. Good thing is the prices are very reasonable, so it wouldn't be much more than a typical (for me) hookah purchase (80-120$). I may have to take a real close look at them and see if they have any I may like.

PS: if anybody else likes those and wants to "co-op" a purchase, I'd be willing to.
That is a great idea, let me know if you are going to order, I am sure I could find one I like
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Old June 8th, 2007, 07:23 PM
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I never understood the appeal of the mod chinese made rigs because, to me at least, the individualism found in tradition narghile and craftsmenship is big part of the appeal of smoking. It seems that in the states almost everyone has the same machined stuff which takes a lot of the fun out of buying a rig. I've found several good deals on traditional rigs that look better, smoke better, last much longer and are often cheaper then the stuff from chinese factories. Some of the sources mentioned above seem pretty good but a bit on the expensive side.
I have to disagree. To me, the appeal of smoking comes in the aesthetics of the hookah, hot necessarily how it was made. I am a smoker of mod chinese hookahs, and enjoy the look, solid feel, and consistency that I get from them. If someone has the same hookah as me, I don't take offense or feel that my experience has been cheapened, but feel glad that that person can enjoy the same beauty that I experience from my hookah.
I think it's a safe bet we have pretty different ideas about aesthetics and that is understandable as we are from radically different backgrounds. I've never been happy with the quality of the smoke from Chinese rigs so that would affect my take on the thing. Also, I've had far too many problems with Chinese rigs breaking and i've never known of anyone to have one that has worked well for 5+ years. One the other hand lots of handmade narghiles have given several generations of fine service with only minor repairs. As to consistency the better brands made in Turkey and the Arabic countries are extremely consistent without looking like it came from a huge factory. Also, I try to avoid buying stuff from totalitarian slave states when I can get stuff made by a family owned business instead.
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Old June 8th, 2007, 08:44 PM
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I never understood the appeal of the mod chinese made rigs because, to me at least, the individualism found in tradition narghile and craftsmenship is big part of the appeal of smoking. It seems that in the states almost everyone has the same machined stuff which takes a lot of the fun out of buying a rig. I've found several good deals on traditional rigs that look better, smoke better, last much longer and are often cheaper then the stuff from chinese factories. Some of the sources mentioned above seem pretty good but a bit on the expensive side.
I have to disagree. To me, the appeal of smoking comes in the aesthetics of the hookah, hot necessarily how it was made. I am a smoker of mod chinese hookahs, and enjoy the look, solid feel, and consistency that I get from them. If someone has the same hookah as me, I don't take offense or feel that my experience has been cheapened, but feel glad that that person can enjoy the same beauty that I experience from my hookah.
I think it's a safe bet we have pretty different ideas about aesthetics and that is understandable as we are from radically different backgrounds. I've never been happy with the quality of the smoke from Chinese rigs so that would affect my take on the thing. Also, I've had far too many problems with Chinese rigs breaking and i've never known of anyone to have one that has worked well for 5+ years. One the other hand lots of handmade narghiles have given several generations of fine service with only minor repairs. As to consistency the better brands made in Turkey and the Arabic countries are extremely consistent without looking like it came from a huge factory. Also, I try to avoid buying stuff from totalitarian slave states when I can get stuff made by a family owned business instead.
I would rather buy from a family owned business as well... but hey, lassiez-faire has it's drawbacks in that they don't get all the business that they should.

I have a mini MYA that has been going for 3+ years... I'll keep you posted...
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Old June 8th, 2007, 11:17 PM
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i gotta say those syrian hookahs look real nice
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Old June 9th, 2007, 04:01 PM
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The drawbacks of lassiez-faire is that such a system inevitably transforms into a society run by oligopolies. Along with that comes the destruction of all forms of traditionalism and a downward spiral of living standards as third world squalor is combined with the anesthetics of Howard Stern, the morality of Joseph Francis and the politics of Bush/Clinton/Obama.

As to a rig lasting three years Id say that is pretty good for a Mya. Still, with so many awesome narghiles coming out of Turkey, Egypt and Syria for 50- 100USD Id be hard pressed to be tempted to buy a Chinese rig even if I didnt dislike them on principle. Still, I expect to pass on my narghile collection to my grand-children whom I hope will use them daily.
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Old June 10th, 2007, 01:30 PM
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Ah well, we may indeed be the last generation of smokers... or close to it, at least... those bastards
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Thanks for the contribution, Lakemon!

We should take a trip over seas sometime and hand select cratefuls of pipes to sell to our hookah brethern. Although, I don't know if the MidEast could handle a pair of Hoosier/Texans for too long. :P
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