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Old July 30th, 2007, 01:31 PM
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Default Aluminum parts are BAD!

The following pic is a cruddy cell phone pic of my MYA core stem.



See how the metal has deteriorated and crumbled away? For some reason... this grade of aluminum does not like shisha juice. What kind of reaction has taken place..... perhaps I have exposed myself to a dangerous by product of the reaction..

I know brass doesnt do this...... so why is MYA and the shitty Chinese companies using it? cuz its cheap, I suppose.

That just aint right.

Yeah.... I could call MYA and probably get a free replacement..... but why? so it can do it again....?

Beware.... aluminum parts are crap....
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Old July 30th, 2007, 01:38 PM
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Wow, thats scary looking. I have a Mya I really need to win that Hookah from Nazar LOL


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Old July 30th, 2007, 01:44 PM
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What Mya is that? Their higher end hookahs say that they are "Stainless Steel", so this shouldn't happen to them. Is this a QT?
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Old July 30th, 2007, 02:00 PM
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I've found that when Mya says some product is stainless steel in fact they are talking about some small portion such as the heart or the outer coating on the up stem rather then everything exposed to water and smoke. I think that Mya has been going with increasingly junky component material to keep up with the various Chinese made Mya replicas. Frankly, my experience with even Chinese made made stainless steel in the machine tool trade has shown me that Chinese metallurgical methods are crap.
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Old July 30th, 2007, 02:08 PM
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that happened to my chinese knockoff. They deteriorate, and things can increase their rate at which they deteriorate. If its aluminum, I wouldn't toss lemon juice into it, I would toss out the water on a consistent basis.

As for companies using inferior metals, its cost effective and will look decent to an untrained eye. You'd think they'd at least galvanize the down stem.
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Old July 30th, 2007, 02:49 PM
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::Shivers at the sight of that pic::

That is how the inside of my QT looked, even though I ran water through it after every use. And cleaned it with lemon after every 5 uses ...
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Old July 30th, 2007, 03:01 PM
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It absolutely amazes me when I hear people praising Mya as the be all and end all of hookahs. I used to have a fairly low quality Egyptian rig that lasted 4 years with no sign of decay at all. While I can understand how someone totally new to the hobby can buy Chinese stuff I am amazed that one one that has been into the scene a while will lay down real money for that stuff.
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Old July 30th, 2007, 04:33 PM
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Its from this model to be exact.... and its the only prob I have with it.



The QT does not have a core stem.

I think the ONLY thing that may be true stainless steel are the downstems on the MYAS.. and then they are coated in some sort of lacquer because they have a seam....

I dont know how many times I have told the masses that the stems are chrome plated brass castings..... not steel.

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Old July 30th, 2007, 04:56 PM
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Yes, my QT had a cast aluminum stem ... it was not a straight stem, which made it that much more difficult to clean
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