Well, after about a year of use from my hookah (hookah-shisha - King Tut) the stem finally gave way and work-hardened itself into two pieces. Although the workmanship was pretty good, this hookah had seen some abuse from lending it to friends, etc. So, the time has come for the new beast. THE COLLOSUS For awhile I have been trying to decide on a new four person hookah. I do most of my smoking with 3-8 people in my basement so the 4 hose had become a prerequisite for my next hookah purchase. Although this is a towering giant, the fact that I can adjust the height by removing sections of the stem was probably the seller for me. In addition, once I make the table for this the stability issue should be resolved. It was either the Collosus or the Obelisk, and the Obelisk only came in black. First things first - Measurements and construction: I was skeptical to purchase this hookah at first because of it's behemoth size (looked like a tower ready to topple) but I think I made a wise choice. The Base: ---------- All around this base has thick glass, a huge plus. Mya quality all the way around, in fact, I'm willing to bet this is one of the thickest constructed bases out for a large multiple-hose hookah. I don't think I can find a spot the goes below a ¼" thick. The base is 9" tall from bottom to stem flange. The upper 1 3/4" is thicker glass, as well as the very bottom of the base. Where the stem sits on the base, there is 9/16" wide flange which really adds stability. The Stem: ---------- The Stem is really a work of art on this hookah. However, it is also a lot of work to assemble. I would not recommend this hookah if you intend on traveling a lot, or doing alot of tear down and reassembly with it. The stem is comprised of 21 pieces that either screw into, or rest on each other. The marbleized sapphire paint really sticks out and adds beauty to this piece. Here is a more detailed view of the bottom section of the stem. I labeled my parts for easier assembly. The top and the bottom portion of the stem are each about 12" high. Seems to be made of a soft metal (pewter), but in general seems solid. Another wonderful feature about this hookah is the ability to remove a section of the stem to reduce the height. You can't configure this hookah to any height, but you can choose between around 24" or 12". I found this quite useful when smoking by myself or 2 people rather than in a group setting, it also makes it less likely to be knocked over. One low point here was the fitment of the hoses, into the stem. The gromets seemed to be quite far into the adapter, it felt as if the hose wasn't fitting properly into teh adapter. This aside, the hoses seemed seal well, and I've had no other complaints The end of the stem which extends into the base is also a noteworthy item. Internal diameter is 9/16" (quite wide ) and height is 9½". A low point on the design of most hookahs is that the bottom of the stem doesn't extend far enough into the base to provide good cooling of the smoke. This design "flaw" (as I'll call it), also creates more internal volume that you must fill with liquid. The Collosus's stem is far enough in the base that you don't need a gallon of water, and hight enough that shrouding doesn't occur. Mya really did there homework here. Hoses: ----------- As many of you know the Cloisonne hoses smoke quite well so I'll let that review sit in the hose section. But what I will not is this isn't your typical Cloisonne hose. I do believe the construction of the hose is identical, however, the handles look different than standard Cloisonne hoses (the ones I've used). This is where the Collosus scores more style points. The standard Cloisonne hose is a marbleized smooth shafted hose, while the ones which came with the Collosus are matched to the stem. Here are some macro shots of the hose next to the stem. The patterns and paint are identical =D. This also lets you see some of the detail which sheaths the entire hookah Bowl: ---------------- Well, I haven't even used the stock bowl, so I'll edit this post as soon as I do! _-_-_-_-_-_-_-_-_-_-_-how she smokes _-_-_-_-_-_-_-_-_-_ Now onto the good stuff. Setup Base: About half ice, half water by volume. Base is also stuck in the freezer for awhile before I smoke. along with the bottom shaft of the stem. Fluid level was approximately 1¼"-1½" above the bottom of the stem. Shisha: I started smoking 2 bowls of shisha (not in one session, setup was the same though) that I've become familiar with. bowl #1: Tangiers Medium Phunnel bowl w/Al Waha Orange Cream Shisha. Loosened up and set out for about 40 min before smoking to acclimate. Bowl was packed so about 3/16" gap was between foil and shisha. Small holes were made around the outside edge of teh bowl all the way around, with no holes in the middle. bowl #2: Tangiers Medium Phunnel bowl w/Nakhla fruit "roll up" (as we call it). Setup identical to above. Coals: Stargate finger coals. Cut about ½" thick and three placed on the bowl towards outside edges --------------------------- Flavor: The flavor took longer than expected to come to become full when smoking out of this hookah. Nothing too long here, I'm talking about 5 minutes. but it did seem a little odd. Could have been setup error or something, but nothing bad, just took longer. Smoke: The smoke appeared to be the same or slightly less dense as compared to my smoking experiences. I thought to myself, wow I expected this to just roll plumes of smoke out, so far nothing exciting. About the same time the flavor started to peak, the smoke started rolling faster and thicker, and the density became quite nice. Flow: WOW, this is the highpoint. On my last hookah (King Tut) flow ability was low, but the problem wasn't that obvious at first because of the hoses we were using. The large chamber held a lot of smoke so that it had enough to supply 4 people, and you didn't empty the chamber all that often because the hoses were smaller than the cloisonnes I was using now. The old hoses also didn't allow a lot of volume to flow. On the Collosus, with 2 people pulling harder than normal, I found negligible differences in smoke thickness, temperature or ease of flow. THAT SAYS A LOT. Under hard pulls with 3+ it would clear the chamber, but the smoke had enough velocity to keep supplying the hoses with an adequate smoke supply. Recovery: This is another characteristic that I find important on multiple hose hookahs. I define it as "how soon the smoke chamber recovers all the lost smoke from inhaling". Down time was minimal with this hoohah, and only took 2-4 seconds to go from an empty smoke chamber to completely full. I've found this to be quite important when a lot of people (4-8) are smoking) Art: This hookah is absolutely gorgeous. It exceeded my expectations in style points (just look at the macro shots). The only part which didn't impress me was the base. The construction was quite solid, but the decoration on the base just didn't compare to everything else on the stem and hoses. I give this hookah a 9.0/10.0 There are always was to improve a product and I don't think this is perfect by any means. This is however one of the best four-hose hookahs I've ever smoked out of, if not THE best.