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Old August 5th, 2008, 10:53 PM
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Got my new friend today, a 26" Gunmetal from Magic Hookahs in Vermont.

First impression was how gorgeous she is. The base is a clear glass with a very faint greenish tinge. The gold decorations are simple and tastefully understated. Also on the vase is a nice "Made in Syria" sticker.
On the stem, the brass is lightly stained black, with a subtle glow of the underlying brass showing through. The carvings are done with multiple tool tips to achieve stippled, angular and faceted markings. Depending on where you look, the reflected light from the designs is subdued, direct or sparkling. The stem breaks down into 5 pieces + the ashtray, which will be perfect for those extended motorcycle trips. Speaking of the ashtray, it is clamped down between upper stem piece and the bowl fitting... No rattling while taking a puff.

The only downside so far is the length of the stem. It is short... like 3 inches to short. Currently it barely extends down to where the base flares out from the neck. I will work on that in the morning when I get to the shop.

The weight of the stem is good, maybe not enough to be considered a weapon, but about twice the heft of my 28" Egyptian.

After I get the stem extended and a few bowls smoked, I will post a detailed review.
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Old August 5th, 2008, 11:22 PM
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oh wow what a beautiful syrian.. well grats on the new hookah and welcome to Team Syrian
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Old August 5th, 2008, 11:53 PM
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Magic carries some great stuff. I have a cermamic Syrian and it is a great bit of craftsmanship. They seem like nice guys as well.
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Old August 6th, 2008, 12:11 AM
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Magic carries some great stuff. I have a cermamic Syrian and it is a great bit of craftsmanship. They seem like nice guys as well.
I agree with your sentiment, David did a very nice job in answering all my questions.

I am looking at the Majesty next.... After receiving the gunmetal, my Egyptians seem a little "plain"
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Old August 6th, 2008, 09:36 AM
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Beautiful looking rig. Very nice coloring on the stem. For your downstem length issue, just add a short section of vinyl hose, similar to that used in aquariums. I have a J&R that had the same short downstem issue. Works just fine now. I would add a pic of it but from work that would be difficult.
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Old August 6th, 2008, 01:47 PM
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welcome, the syrian are way awesome. I have noticed a difference between my syrian and my egyptian. I like the brake down, will make cleaning a breeze. Let us know how it smokes for you.
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congratulations gryphon on your beautiful new syrian narghille. I recieved noification from the guys at magic that you had purchased it at my referal. Glad I could help! enjoy!!
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Old August 6th, 2008, 06:35 PM
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This is exactly what I need in a portable hookah.

It would be even more badass if it came in a suitcase.
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Old August 6th, 2008, 10:06 PM
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congratulations gryphon on your beautiful new syrian narghille. I recieved noification from the guys at magic that you had purchased it at my referal. Glad I could help! enjoy!!
Thank for your help. After the first couple of bowls, I am well pleased with the purchase.
Now where do you get the Team Syrian hats?
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Old August 6th, 2008, 10:08 PM
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This is exactly what I need in a portable hookah.

It would be even more badass if it came in a suitcase.
Actually I have been shopping the large size Camera/VCR bags. They have heavy padding and lots of pockets for carrying all the needed accesories
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that is nice.
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Old August 6th, 2008, 11:56 PM
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Beautiful looking rig. Very nice coloring on the stem. For your downstem length issue, just add a short section of vinyl hose, similar to that used in aquariums. I have a J&R that had the same short downstem issue. Works just fine now. I would add a pic of it but from work that would be difficult.
Thanks for the tip. The stem doesn't seem to be metric or SAE. The measurements I took didn't line up with anything I had handy. So... I went to the hardware store and picked up a chunk od 3/8 ID food grade vinyl tubing. Got a cup of water boiling in the microwave, dipped the tube end in it for ~20 seconds and pressed it into place. The best part is my tea ball difuser has a tight interference fit.
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