To give some insight, my last straight tube I purchased at a local head shop unfortunately shattered after over a years use. I decided to browse this site for a decent low priced bong. I have had previous experience using this site. Everything for the most part is fairly priced. You get what you pay for, if not more. The bong took longer than expected to arrive, I was stuck using a large 2 liter bottle with an old down stem. But after this beauty arrived all those harsh water bottle hits were worth the wait. I love this piece. It takes some time getting use to how much you have to inhale but once you master this bong its smooth hits all day! Of course there can be many improvements, but in my opinion, this bong is probably the best bang for your buck. As well as the bong it's self, an 18mm bowl came with it. some may complain that the hole may be too big and bud falls through. To that Id say, buy better herb and pack your bowls properly, I have had no problems so far with both, bong and bowl. Would recommend! If anyone has anymore questions about this bong, as a customer, Id be happy to answer.