Hits are smoother, but the mouthpiece is not rounded enough to be comfortable (there is a little flat spot on top that puts unwelcome pressure around my mouth) and I don't like the splash guard - it just makes it harder to fill and empty the percolator chamber below it with water. Also the fixed downstem tube is a little higher than it needs to be, resulting in me getting slightly cross eyed when looking down at the bowl as I light it. Other than that it feels like a solidly made, durable water pipe that does give smoother hits, even though the 18" height requires a bit more effort to pull through both percolators. I've already traded it to a friend and am renewing my search for a double percolator straight tube that I can fall in love with.
this is the best bong i've smoked out of in a while. i lost access to all my previous bongs after a separation and this one just rips so much better than any of the 15 inch beakers or straight bongs i've had before. easy to clean, but sometimes the **** will get stuck in the bong if you don't have an ash catcher.
Love this bong so much. You definitely get what you pay for. Looks so nice and very good quality