I just ordered a Bambino (this is about my 4th or 5th hookah) and I am waiting it's arrival. After debating for some time between the QT and Bambino I came to this conclusion because I want a small hookah that comes with a hard case. I really like the QT better and have smoked from both of them at a friend's house... but I share the two main issues with the QT: the top rubber gommet can be burned at the tray, and the ball bearing sticks. I haven't really noticed any issues with the Bambino and was reading reviews looking for one, but it's only minor details. I have owned several "generic" cheap hookahs, mostly purchased in Iraq while I was deployed. Some were "OK" while others were below par. The most annoying hookah I have owned was a very well built hookah that I think was made out of copper (yes, WTF?) and put out an awful metallic taste with the tobacco. Needless to say it went back to where it came from really quick. I owned two cheap, chinese hookahs that sealed well and smoked well, but didn't last as they were subject to serious rust/corrosion, and were thrown away after about 6 months. I did manage to pick up two different styles of the now infamous "Pumpkin", one with a detachable ash tray and one without. The rest of the hookah was the same between the two. Pros on the Pumpkin: Small, convinent, got the job done, smoked well once you figured out how to fill the water level just right. Cons: Unstable base, hose was too stiff and too short, ash tray way too small, plastic stem doesn't feel "stout", top grommet can be burned by the charcoal in the ash tray... if you don't know what you are doing and are a hookah noob, DO NOT BUY A PUMPKIN, you will hate it. Needless to say I "modified" these by using a different hose and another ash tray on top of the small one. They worked OK after that, until I knocked it off my desk and broke the bowl. The bowls for these are Lebanese style and are hard to find (at least I couldn't find one in Iraq, but southsmoke.com has them.) I have an "Isis" at home that I bought from southsmoke.com (it's now discontinued, and sold as a slightly different model called "The Shadow") while it was gorgeous for a while, the metal is starting to wear... chrome is chipping and metal underneath is rusting. The rubber gomment for the vase fell apart for some reason or another and I have yet to find a replacement that fits - right now some card board surrounded by duct tape is sealing the base, and not sealing it 100%. This is a thin aluminum stem around a brass tube and in my opinion is cheaply made compared to Mya's. Needless to say the whole hookah is scrap minus the hose, bowls, and the ash tray. I bought this hookah for my wife, yet she rarely smokes it because she hates to clean it (it's 29" tall.) I am going to try the Bambino for myself and maybe order her a one if I like it. I have an Arab friend (who actually got me hooked on these in Iraq) who swears that Mya's are the best thing on earth, and I've smoked from several of his and I agree they are nice. He has a Bambino, QT, an Orb, and a very nice crystal one, and he has always liked the Mya's EXCEPT for the Mini Orb one - he didn't like how the rubber gommet set in the acrylic vase, for some reason he could never get it to seal right. As far as personal preference, I always use Three Kings Charcoal (40mm), I like the Mya ceramic bowls, and I like a variety of tobacco such as: Starbuzz, specifically their Blueberry, delicious. Golden Al-Fakher... I love their Bahrani Apple, to me it has a slight licorice taste. Layalina has some good flavors, I particularly like the Kiwi and Grape. This is what I usually smoke because the price is good. This is my first post, nice board you got here. Any input is greatly appreciated.