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  1. Hookah-burgar

    Help Me Id This Hookah Please

    The pipe is probably a Syrian made in Egypt... Yes, the bottle is from a typical Egyptian  rotator, but everything else seems typically Syrian. Now, I spent las Sunday afternoon (12th October 2014) in the company of Julyano Ercin, the owner of El Nefes, who also distributes (as a wholesaler) Farida, Khalil Mamoon and some Syrian pipes, and has visited Egypt recently. He told me that a number of craftmen fled Syria and are now working in Egypt and, as a result, you find an increasing number of Syrian designs among Egyptian made pipes, these days... That could be an explanation...    As for the grommets, you should be able to find special grommets for Egyptian rotators... Otherwise, try to use some kind of tape.
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    Holidays In The Holy Land

    So, after seventeen days in the Middle East, I came back to Madrid last week! We had a very nice and interesting trip, which included quite a few days in the Old City of Jerusalem, a morning in Bethlehem in the Palestinian administered territories, a day at St John of Acre, close to the Lebanese border, two nights in Eilat, just at the border with Egypt, another two nights south of Aqaba, in Jordan, close to the Saudi border, a day at Petra and a number of other visits. Allow me a couple of days to gather my hookah related pictures and prepare a post on hookahs in Israel/Palestine (an update, actually) and on hookahs in Jordan. I brought a nice mid size very heavy solid brass pipe, rever used but between 20 and 80 years old, similar to those used for tombak at Jerusalem ( the stem alone costed only 90 NIS in Jaffa, or about 25 USD - people prefer Chinese made shinny but crappy hookahs or modern Egyptians (with purge valves), and that Syrian old stem stood alone in the shop, surrounded by dozens of Chinese and Egyptian stems (as well aas a few modern Syrian ones). I also brought 4 parcels of Tombak, bought in the Old City of Jerusalem, at Aqaba and at Ben Gurion Airport duty free, and freshly packed Zag and Salloum. And I also got 4 male bowls, one of them typicaly used for tombak in both Jordan and Palestine. I am very happy with my finds. I also saw ineresting stuff and got to smoke Zaghloul, normal flavoured moassel and tombak, at Aqaba. As said, I will provide pictures and a full story.
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    Holidays In The Holy Land

    Last news is we are likely to stay one more day in Jordan to gop to Petra and Wadi Rum...   
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    Holidays In The Holy Land

    So, I have been surfing the Web, and while smoking hookah  at Taba (Egypt) would probably be in the hotel bars or terrasses, Aqaba, in Jordan seems much more promissing: Besides hotel bars, there are a number of apparently decent places to smoke a hookah and at least an interesting shop, which, from recent photographs seems to carry both Egyptian and quality Syrian pipes.... Mo'assel is also plentiful... Let's hope I'll come back with something interesting like more black mo'assels and maybe some more tombak and a couple of good solid brass Syrian stems...
  5. On top of it, the vase seems to be very similar to current production. In other words, I do not believe it to be an antique, not even very old, probably made in the 21st century... 
  6. I will be returning to the Holy Land very soon. Again on Holidays as in November 2012 on my first trip. This time I will spent about 17 days in the Middle East. My girlfriend and myself plan to spend a couple of days, maybe even 3 or 4 at Aqaba in Jordan and at Taba in Egypt (Sinai), since both places are just accross the border at Eilat. Both border crossings are said to be easy. We already booked flights and hired the car. As for Aqaba and Taba, I am really looking forward to smoking hookah in Jordan and in Egypt (as well as in Palestine) on this trip! I would also explore Jerusalem and Acre (Akko) more in depth than on previous trip. I shall also record more videos than last time...
  7. Now, some of us know that I bought that pipe, as well as the one with wood on the stem and antique patina, from Doctor Hookah. I made video reviews of both pipes. As for the Golden Anaconda, it is ok, but nothing special. Most important is that the golden piece is not brass, it is painted or rather plated a golden colour. It is also thicker metal, but not completely solid. The downstem is stainless steel or galvanised, as on many KMs and as on the one with wood and patina, which I believe is hollow brass (except for the downstem). Pipe is Syrian for sure, as is the one with the Antique look (which is very nice indeed, but quite light) and as are sthe ones which screw onto the vase shown earlier on this thread. As for the maker, I cannot say. Finishings are ok, not as on my Nour / Nawras Karakol, but better than on Egyptians.  On a side note, who knows how many Syrian pipes still lie in warehouses in Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey and Israel.... I have read many times posts stating that You would'nt find any Syrians in Israel, yet I saw plenty of them there. They probably travelled via Jordan...
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    Who Prefers Tips?

    Indeed, I have come to that conclusion. I am able to roughly understand Turkish websites through Google or other on-line automatic translators, but i does not appear to work the other way round.... As i said, quite frustrating...
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    Who Prefers Tips?

    Yes she leaves in or near Konya and buys stuff from Ketenciler Nargile (besides buying from Elmas in Izmir)... Now, isn'it frustrating that most vendors in Turkey would offer the possibility of seeing prices in Euros or USD, and sometimes seeing most of the website in English but would not answer your mails, not even in Turkish and, when contacted, through Turkish speaking frineds, would admit that they do not sell or send items abroad!!! I understand ordering from Elmas (Izmir) is not easy at all. I quickly turned to Elmas Originale, their oficial shop in Germany, which is expensive but quite convenient for those of us living in Europe, and I now buy from Nargilestore. But most other Turkish sites (Tokel Nargile, Sultan Nargile Mazemesi and many others are not easy to deal with... in 2013!!!) 
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    Types Of Hookahs?

    Frank, I wonder wether any of us would be able to answer your question in just one post. I would rather suggest you browse the Forum, there is plenty of information in here.  Just as an introduction, I'd say your first impression was correct: A "hookah" is a "hookah". I mean the essential parts of an oriental waterpipe are always the same even if on some pipes the flexible hose might be replaced by a rigid stem, and the physics of the waterpipe are always the same. Then, one could imagine several different typologies or categories to classify "types" of hookahs... Differencies are mostly minor, and criteria are not easy to stablish. If one choose to divide hookahs in "modern" and "traditional" (which many persons do) the difficulty is to stablish limits. I mean that a Czech made all crystal Meduse pipe is no doubt modern, and the same applies to a FUMO, a LAVOO or a NARGILEM NPS, but should we consider an Egyptina Khalil Mamoon "traditional"? For many, most Egyptian pipes found in the market nowadays are quite modern: They have wider diameter downstems and purge valves and tend to be quite tall. Older Egyptian, Syrian or Turkish pipes would be considered rather small or even Mini pipes nowadays, wether they be from the 1920's, the mid nineteenth Century or the XVIIIth Century. You might divide pipes in Chinese made and the others. But then, not all Chinese made modern pipes are the same quality, and the "Others" can be subdivided in many categories... You might consider pipes with flexible hoses and pipes with rigid reeds or stems instead (such as the Egyptian "Guza", the Tunisian " 'rguila", the Indian "Gurguri" (all small, hand-held simple pipes often made with a coconut shell as vase) or many old Indian or Pakistani "hookahs"). You might classify pipes by Country of Origin, but then the borders are sometime difficult to stablish. Anyhow, many national styles or shapes, or minor differences, are quite recent. Most waterpipes smoked in Turkey, Syria, Palestine or Egypt in say, 1920, looked almost identical: Medium to small size brass pipes, without purge valve, with a rather long and narrow hose port and male bowls. Then waterpipes have always travelled. I mean, it was not uncommon to find an Indian made hookah in remote parts of the Ottoman Empire, such as Greece or Macedonia, or Yemenite Mede'as, also influenced by Malabar (Indian) pipes in Istambul, or nowadays, Egyptian pipes almost everywhere, from Dubai to Bombay... Again, my advice is to surf the Forum and the web, and learn little by little about the little differences between natiopnal styles and about the evolution of waterpipes from the older ones made with a gourd or calabash or a coconut shell to the FUMO crystal ones, for example. 
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    Who Prefers Tips?

    Hassouni, I have been trying to get one of these real Amber "Tipsi" lately, but buying from Turkey is not easy at all, except with Nargilestore, which does only carry the Elmas made Meerschaum tips or what appear to be false amber ones ("Katalin tipsi"). I hope Hookahabroad will help us...  I hope to get two decent size pieces of amber so as to have a complete Agizlik mouthpiece custom made (by Elmas) with real amber (like the older ones), but in the meantime I would love to get my hands on a real amber tipsi, at a reasonnable price, like the ones seen on Ketenciler website...
  12. The pipe is indeed a very special pipe, and it would have been great to be able to meet Mr. Ahmet ELMAS in person at the (1st?) Frankfurt Hookah Fair.  Now, if any of you has seen previous videos by this guy, who uses the nickname of "Master Uraz Li", he or she would have realised what a strange type he is... He seems to own or to manage a  Hookah lounge and/or a hookah store, or at least collaborates a lot with a couple of vendors. He claims to love so called "traditionnal" Turkish solid brass (he is of Turkish descent) but would review (and make a positive review) any kind (good or shitty) pipe he or his friends intend to sell. I have seen most of his videos ven if I am not a big fan of his style... (to say the least).   (Now he seems to have started a good relationship with Mr. Elmas, mostly, I guess, because he speaks Turkish and might increase business, because otherwise I do not see what those two men might have in common. I do respect Mr. Elmas a lot, but I am not sure this guy Uraz is trustable or interesting in any way...)   As for the big Elmas mouthpieces, I agree with Hassouni...
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    Golden Anaconda

    I would say that there are very good Syrian hookahs, good Syrian hookahs, medium quality Syrian hookahs, lower quality Syrian hookahs and mixes of Chinese and Syrian hookahs, as far as I know. So there is a broad range of hookahs coming out of Syria. Mark that when we consider a good quality one we look at materials used, and then it is mostly brass, even for the downstem, and quality of finishings. Posibly the best hookahs (if one is not interested in modern stuff made in China or elsewhere, which sometimes can be very well finished and with very good mterials, albeit always with common chambers) come from Syria. This hookah I present would be a mi-range one, due to material used, which is mostly stainless steel, with a galvanised downstem (same as on most KM and other hookahs) with some brass for tubes leading to hose port and purge valve or for the purge valve and hose port proper, and to finishings, which being good are less good than on a solid brass, or heavier brass NAWRAS or similar hookah. The pipe is decent, if not the very best. I saw such pipes used in Arab cafés in Israel. It works just fine and purges well. Only concern is wether the gold colour coating will stand the test of time...
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    Golden Anaconda

    Here is a review of the Golden Anaconda Syrian hookah I bought from Doctorhookah.com (actually through eBay):   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m-BTO6qSAsQ
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    El Nefes Hookahs

    My next video will be a complete review of the El Nefes Pasha, comparing it with my Elmas 628...