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  1. [quote name='king_lunchb0x' timestamp='1331065887' post='541549'] In that last pic, of the market store, all the hookahs in the picture look like low quality chinese style. I don't see anything that looks like a turkish style [/quote] The bottom shelf has the chinese crap but the pipes on the top shelf look like "mini" turkish or syrian. In the Middle East the only popular Chinese made is the Mya and mainly Lebanese people like it because it is Lebanese. All the hookah bars and resturaunts use large Egyptians or Syrians for the durability and looks.
  2. At the risk of sounding at odd with the rest of you, I don't think Jewel's problem is the the tobacco itself but their flavouring technique. The tobacco looks of decent quality, no stems or coloring and honey based and the smell is rather nice but the big disappointment comes after the first couple of hits where all you taste at that time is the tobacco.
  3. [quote name='rhineholt' timestamp='1330369886' post='540674'] [quote name='jordan' timestamp='1330369144' post='540672'] [quote name='S3cretz' timestamp='1330366315' post='540659'] Amaren, Blue Moon, Nakhla, Tangiers. However Amaren and Blue moon are limited to South Africa [/quote] Amaren can be found in the US but in limited areas. I know the distibuter and they are located in Chicago. It is not bad but not great either and very cheap (like $5-$6 for a 250G can) : [url="http://www.arabicastore.com/category_details.aspx?id=12&sid=25"]http://www.arabicast...px?id=12&sid=25[/url] [/quote] I absolutely hate that place. The guy doesn't know anything about hookahs there. Maybe they changed workers though. It's been a few years. And I've tried amaren. It's not something I would recommend. I'm surprised you like it secretz [/quote] I see you live in Chicago Yeah Arabica in Bridgeview is not my go to place either. They used to have another location in the northside (on Kedzie and wilson) but they recently sold it. The owner used to work in the northside store and he was a nice guy, not to mention their prices are $3-$4 cheaper on tobacco than the Southside since there is much more competition. You check thier bulk shisha since it is not that bad and cheap (about 0.03c/g or something like that).
  4. [quote name='king_lunchb0x' timestamp='1330355450' post='540631'] Seems like only a few countries outside the middle east haven't added crazy taxes on tobacco yet.Its probably just a matter of time [/quote] Middleeastern countries do have taxes on tobacco and it varies but not as outragous as Europe, more like the US. BTW, I know some vendors do ship overseas all the time but to avoid taxes they call it "molassis" and remove all the packaging like the box or labels that has the word tobacco written on it. So techincally they are lying but the same time they are not since many people call moassel different names.
  5. [quote name='S3cretz' timestamp='1330366315' post='540659'] Amaren, Blue Moon, Nakhla, Tangiers. However Amaren and Blue moon are limited to South Africa [/quote] Amaren can be found in the US but in limited areas. I know the distibuter and they are located in Chicago. It is not bad but not great either and very cheap (like $5-$6 for a 250G can) : [url="http://www.arabicastore.com/category_details.aspx?id=12&sid=25"]http://www.arabicastore.com/category_details.aspx?id=12&sid=25[/url]
  6. jordan

    Stock Up On Coco's!

    [quote name='Chreees' timestamp='1330211026' post='540479'] Are those in any way similar to aFires? [/quote] I looked into aFire a while ago and they are also coconut shells but there shape and size are odd and large so you have to do some work but from whay people told me ( I personally never used them) they work great. This brand however looks more suited for hookah ( the cube shape) and it is hell cheap for somebody who uses alot of coals. The company's website has more info : [url="http://www.charcos.biz/testimonials"]http://www.charcos.biz/testimonials[/url]
  7. jordan

    Stock Up On Coco's!

    [quote name='king_lunchb0x' timestamp='1330181667' post='540431'] [quote name='rhineholt' timestamp='1330159449' post='540416'] [quote name='jordan' timestamp='1330130060' post='540386'] This is a better deal [url="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005EGUWKS/ref=pd_lpo_k2_dp_sr_2?pf_rd_p=486539851&pf_rd_s=lpo-top-stripe-1&pf_rd_t=201&pf_rd_i=B003Z0C10O&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_r=03BSW29NRV53MTXT5P6N"]http://www.amazon.co...29NRV53MTXT5P6N[/url] [/quote] Yeah, but... what are those? I mean, obviously coals... but i've never heard of them. With cocos, you know what quality youre getting. [/quote] very true, but thats not a bad deal, I wonder how they stack up in the hookah world [/quote] Coals made from coconut shells have been around for long time until some smart business person decided to market them for hookah use. These are supposed to be all natural and don't have any chemicals/starter fluid but feel free to coontact the company and ask questions.
  8. jordan

    Stock Up On Coco's!

    This is a better deal [url="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005EGUWKS/ref=pd_lpo_k2_dp_sr_2?pf_rd_p=486539851&pf_rd_s=lpo-top-stripe-1&pf_rd_t=201&pf_rd_i=B003Z0C10O&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_r=03BSW29NRV53MTXT5P6N"]http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005EGUWKS/ref=pd_lpo_k2_dp_sr_2?pf_rd_p=486539851&pf_rd_s=lpo-top-stripe-1&pf_rd_t=201&pf_rd_i=B003Z0C10O&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_r=03BSW29NRV53MTXT5P6N[/url]
  9. Like Hass said, it is Awlad Sarhan but I don't know about the "High Value". I picked one up in Jordan about 5 years ago, 23" for about $20 (Chrome-plated solid brass) and it is one of my favorite and its the one I use most. Anyway Nazar hookah carries a few models of this brands for under $50 and they seem like a great deal and good alternative to a KM. [url="http://www.nazarhookah.com/hookahs/awlad-sarhan"]http://www.nazarhookah.com/hookahs/awlad-sarhan[/url]
  10. jordan

    Illinois Il Smokers.

    [quote name='skeetskeet' timestamp='1315242109' post='522626'] [i]Naperville.... the only places I've been to were Dhuwan, Mr Shesha's Coffeehouse, and Exhale (the new one on ogden). I've been to a few in chicago nearby UIC but I don't remember what they're called.... Exhale is actually really nice, I'm probably going back there. Does anyone know of any good stores to buy shisha/coals nearby?[/i] [/quote] Naperville/Aurora area. There are a couple of places in Naperville you can get stuff. Mediterranean Market on Baily between Washington and Naperville Rd. and a small shop called ZemZem in the shopping center on Rt59 + McCoy across the way from Sam's club.
  11. Southsmoke.com and dirtcheaphookahs are both based in Florida. Also saharasmoke is out of GA.
  12. The OP didn't mention what type of a Hookah , whether it is an Egyptian (closed chamber) or Chinese (common chamber) type. Having a leaky purge valve in an Egyptian might effect the draw a little bit but in a common chamber it will kill it. Also, check for hairline cracks in the downstem, I had that happen to me once.
  13. jordan

    Knock Off's

    [quote name='r1v3th3ad' timestamp='1302562839' post='505036'] MYA is the first to do it the way they do, but I'm sure copyrights have passed...they are the first machined hookah with interchangeable parts, something they take pride in...if I remember my history right they came up with the machined hookah early 20th century [/quote] I'm guessing you meant 21st.. Patents filed in the US last for 20 years assuming they filed for one but that never stopped China from srealing other people's designs.
  14. I'll be in Amman next week and if I have time I'll go to that address and check it out. Having said that, Jordan has only 3 or 4 really big tobacco manufacturers and almost all brands that you might've heard of come from one of these companies but branded for a certain US distributers (i,e Starbuzz, Tonic, Fusion, Potion.......) but none of those brands actually exist in the country. Most of the moa'assel over there has no brand name and sold in bulk except maybe for Nakhla and AF.
  15. jordan

    Knock Off's

    Copying an "Original" design or a patent idea (invention) specially by other countries' manufacturers is illegal and unethical. Having said that I really doubt MYA's hookahs are original ideas or a patent design. IMO, and somebody here can correct me if I'm wrong, they are OEM products and from the looks of it a very popular design in machine-made Chinese mass produced hookahs. Yeah, I know the quality is better than the average chinese but selling them for $150+ in the US is BS given the fact that the same products sells for around $20-25 in the MiddleEast.. So my point is if another company decides to take the same product from the same Chinese factory , slap their name on it and sell it for half price then I would have no problem buying it..