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Old April 30th, 2008, 05:03 PM
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OK, so I am really quite new to the joys of Hookah and need to ask an opinion of all the local gurus.

But before we get started, a quick introduction to my first experience smoking a hookah: It was on a trip to Israel a few summers ago. There I sat in the middle of the Judean Desert, under a communal Bedouin tent, smoking from a new friend's narghile and passing around a bottle of domestically produced wine. Long story short, it was indeed magical, and something I will never forget.

Now here comes the crux of my question: I want to purchase a nice new narghile for myself, but which one?!?

Now I have put some thought into the matter and have come up with some specific requirements; I'm just hoping for input from others who have had the opportunity to smoke some of these pipes and deal with specific vendors (like I said, I'm new at all this...)

I would like the pipe to be classy looking, fairly traditional and built rock solid so it can provide many fine years of service. It has to look "pretty" too, or else my wife will make me hide it away from view lest it clash with the decor (please, no comments on that one!).

Right now I think I would like to have either a Syrian or Egyptian pipe. I have nothing against Mya's but just don't want one right this moment.

So here come some questions - Pretty please help!!!!

1 - How are the Syrians from jandrhookahs?

If what I'm reading on the review section of the board is right than this is one helluva good pipe. Does it beat a KM?

2- I haven't heard much about the Syrians from wo********* (aka DPG)
Anything I should know about them? Ex: the Forseti or the Zues
3 - Of course there is always a KM Tri-Metal
And the cute looking KM Hybrid
or, if you prefer, the KM Hybred

I suppose if there is anything else I am blatantly overlooking someone can give me a shout-out. Much appreciation to all that can help me in my quest.

Rick

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Old April 30th, 2008, 05:10 PM
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Default Re: New to Hookahs & Need a Pipe Recommendation

My personal opinion would be the KM TM. Plus...They look pretty sexy too. And welcome to HP.com you will find all your answers here. =)
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Old April 30th, 2008, 05:18 PM
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1st one is the beast.
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Old April 30th, 2008, 05:24 PM
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ShishaholiC -- you mean the 26" syrian from j&r, yeah?
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Old April 30th, 2008, 05:25 PM
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My personal opinion would be the KM TM. Plus...They look pretty sexy too. And welcome to HP.com you will find all your answers here. =)
Thanks for the warm welcome. Looking forward to taking part 'round here!

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Old April 30th, 2008, 05:47 PM
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Hiya Rick, I am glad you made it over! I will give you my personal opinion on pipes. I love the KM and the MZ's. You cant go wrong with either. Check out some of our vendors whom are active on the board, you will get top notch customer service I guarantee it. www.*************.com and www.pimpyourhookah.com either will give you a great deal as well as some nice freebies. Let me know if you need anything.
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Old April 30th, 2008, 05:55 PM
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i have the 28" syrian from wo********* and its the thor. smokes really well but the seal on the base for the stem is not very tight but its pretty easily fixed with a paper towel. sold pipe though
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Old April 30th, 2008, 06:58 PM
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Default Re: New to Hookahs & Need a Pipe Recommendation

I'm also very new to the Hookah world. I'm looking for a new hookah as well. And I'm pretty sure I'm going to be going with the KM Tri-metal.
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Old April 30th, 2008, 07:02 PM
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I find it amazing that the only post here that doesn't contain a banned vendors name is the post made by Huskysibe. If you want Syrians check...
http://furathookahs.com/store.html
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http://shop.gothookahs.com/category.sc?categoryId=8

If you want a KM Tri Metal check...
http://www.hookahcompany.com/tri_met..._2249_prd1.htm
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Old April 30th, 2008, 07:13 PM
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I've got a 31" Syrian Hybrid on the way and own a 28" as well as a Mya (syrians blow Mya's clean out of the water), I've also smoked from a KM and personally prefer the Syrians though I'll probably end up with a Tri-Metal or MZ just to have them in the collection.
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Old April 30th, 2008, 07:34 PM
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they will all smoke well. Km is a good pipe and the 1st choice is a excellent pipe as well. I own a KM and two of his syrians. The syrians feel a bit more solid and have a tighter draw. I get thick clouds .
The KM is a easier draw. Still get thick clouds. My choice would be for the syrain.

As for DPG, I havent ordered from him. Cant speak on that.
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Old May 1st, 2008, 01:06 AM
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Old May 1st, 2008, 01:25 AM
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Hiya Rick, I am glad you made it over! I will give you my personal opinion on pipes. I love the KM and the MZ's. You cant go wrong with either. Check out some of our vendors whom are active on the board, you will get top notch customer service I guarantee it. www.*************.com and www.pimpyourhookah.com either will give you a great deal as well as some nice freebies. Let me know if you need anything.
Hey Huskysibe, great to be here! Thank you for the personal invite -- it means a lot. Also, I really appreciate the warm welcome from you and all the members of the forum. Thanks gang!

So here is where I stand after a bit of thinking (er, procrastinating, pondering, whatever...) I think I've gotten it narrowed down a little further. The big decision now seems to be between the 32" KM Tri-Metal and one of the 26 or 29" jandr Syrians (which seem to be quite popular around here).

I fully admit that I am not yet very experienced with Hookahs, but I do have a compulsion to keep all my toys clean and in good working condition (especially if I'm going to spend >$100 on them...) I figure that in actual terms of use, whatever hookah I get will be smoked approx. twice a week, with the occassional "hookah party" giving her much more attention.

Does one pipe vs. the other require a lot more user intervention/TLC to stay in good working order? Are there any questions or considerations I've just plain forgotten about?

I'm appreciating all the help and will hope to settle on a purchase sometime tomorrow or Friday.


Much thanks,

Rick

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Old May 1st, 2008, 01:25 AM
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If your really clever and don't mind doing some work, make your own hookah. But first buy one so you see some pro and cons in design and smoke-ability. Any KM is good.
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Old May 1st, 2008, 05:06 AM
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in my opinion the best one from those is the KM tri-metal one,
it will last for long time, looks nice... great quality...
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Hiya Rick, I am glad you made it over! I will give you my personal opinion on pipes. I love the KM and the MZ's. You cant go wrong with either. Check out some of our vendors whom are active on the board, you will get top notch customer service I guarantee it. www.*************.com and www.pimpyourhookah.com either will give you a great deal as well as some nice freebies. Let me know if you need anything.
I am going to have to +1 to this, both great vendors and the Khalil Mamoons and the Magdy Zidans are great Egyptian hookahs!

If I were to buy a hookah, it would be one of these! Personally, if I HAD to buy one today, I would get the KM Tri-Metal!
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Does one pipe vs. the other require a lot more user intervention/TLC to stay in good working order? Are there any questions or considerations I've just plain forgotten about?
I can help with this question :) which further explains my love for the Khalil Mamoons! There are less parts to clean and it is a straight tube down the middle of the stem, with no nooks and crannys!

I was washing my hookah last night and after over a year of use it looks as good as the day I bought it, is easy to clean, and provides an enjoyable smoke everytime I use it (Probably due to the fact that I take care of it and clean it after each use, so no flavors taint the stem or base)

You can check out my "How To Clean A Hookah" I use my Khalil Mamoon in the video, so you can see how easy it is to clean ... and the condition of my hookah after over a years use.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rvqnpUcEJ-8 - How To Clean A Hookah Part 1
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O0VRJp0DUUY - How To Clean A Hookah Part 2
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-1S2jJtJV5g - How to clean your hookah with beer!
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Old May 1st, 2008, 11:07 AM
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i would go with the km tm it will last a long time lyk dmc sed. DON'T get a syrian they are crap cuz i have 1
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KM Tri or MZ is what I vote for. I have a KM and LOVE IT!!!!
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Old May 1st, 2008, 04:57 PM
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OK, so here it is....

I love the way the Tri-metal looks, and am not sure if I will get it in the future or not, but I just ordered a MZ horas B. All stainless and clean welds seemed like a plus, and the price was right.

Whaddaya think?

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I haven't heard anyone complain about an MZ ever. Sounds like you made a great choice. Might have to get a hose cover that goes with your decor though! LOL
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Sounds like a good choice! I'm looking into a Horas C, myself.
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Hose cover nothing! I just got a Nammor to go with it. Why mess around, right!
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Hose cover nothing! I just got a Nammor to go with it. Why mess around, right!
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Hose cover nothing! I just got a Nammor to go with it. Why mess around, right!
Yeah but Nammors are kinda plain looking unless you have a cool cover for it like this...


I can't help but show it again. When your hose is as handsome as mine you gotta show it off!
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