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Purge valve is the sort of cylindrical thing opposite the hose port, it's used to blow out the smoke from the vase mid smoke if it gets stale or burnt or whatever issue you might have with it, and then seal back so that you can smoke without air leaking in there.
It's written in the album title, it's the KM Basha, By the way, if you look at that style it's a pretty good indicator of what an Egyptian pipe would normally look like, especially the hose port and the purge valve of that type are typical on Egyptian models.
The work brass entails depends completely on how much you care about your pipes looks. For me it's a utility thing, brass pipes are solid as fuck. I don't care that it doesn't shine like gold. So it's pretty standard washing etc. after smoking and all that, if you want it to shine then you might wanna polish it every now and then. I think Chris used brasso or something along that name on his and his pipes looked fucking gorgeous before he sold them off!
I'm currently using a Turkish pipe and have been for a few years now, it's holding on strong. Same would go for Syrian or quality Egyptian like KM. Any of those choices will give you a reliable pipe, as for aesthetics, that part is up to you!
Brass is generally good, yes it does oxidize and it can be a bit of work but I think it's worth it, damn good looking stuff. I can't really go into vendors cause I'm not in the US so I don't use your sites or know your prices though. Hopefully someone else is gonna chime in here!
If by HM you mean KM meaning Khalil Mammoon then MYA is a more modern brand, one of the few brands with modern looking Chinese made pipes that are actually quality stuff. They're inexpensive and will last you a long time.
KM is the other end of the spectrum in terms of design and materials. They're heavy solid pipes, traditional design and also high quality durable pipes. Really it comes down more to personal prefference than anything else.
As for models, my friend has one of these. The plastic base is solid and hasn't cracked or anything and it's a few years old, has had it's share of knocks and such. Though you will want a different hose for your pipe. For tabletop pipes look at the petite or bambino.
I'd say give MYA a look, they have some models with plexi glass bases that don't really give a fuck about getting knocked about that are larger as well as some smaller models that can easily be a desktop pipe. Though I study and smoke frequently and just have a large pipe next to me on the floor with a hose that's easily long enough to manipulate in such a way that it doesn't make anything uncomfortable.
Hey man, welcome to the forum! I deleted your accidental double post for ya As for the answer to your question, your post gives you the answer, if you're living in an area where people weren't interested enough to even discuss the option then you might not have the customer base. Basically you need to live in a place where you will for sure have customers otherwise you're boned from the start. For more details from people in the actual business look at the "so you want to start a hookah lounge" thread right here:
Hope this helps since I'm not in the US and can't give you any expert advice on the subject.