Hello I am new here and I know that Cheech is quite a hotly debated company but I want to put all that aside for right now. I know they are a shitty rip-off business, have a bad CEO, shitty glass, etc, but I am here to talk about one thing: PERFORMANCE. That is all that is important in this thread. What I am wondering is to anyone who has tried both a Cheech and an Apix bong or anyone's opinion on one or the other for whomever has tried one of the two but cannot compare them. If you can compare them then can you tell me which is a smoother rip? I am completely torn between getting the Apix 16.5″ Gridded Stemline to Gridded Disk 18mm joint ($220+S&H), or the blue Cheech Triple Honeycomb 7mm ($190+S&H). They will both be about the same price when all is said and done since the Cheech needs to be shipped internationally. I am just wondering which will be the smoother of the two. If there is something else on the market that is better and costs about the same as either of these then please let me know and I might consider that, too. I know that the Cheech is shitty glass and I would love to support a great local artist but I am in college and right now I can barely support myself. I have saved for quite a while and finally decided to get a nice bong, but I don't have a crazy amount to spend so I am a bit limited with my options. Therefore, I am looking for the best rip-per-dollar if you will. Perhaps when I graduate I'll make it up and buy $1K worth of fancy American glass. I am also not worried about breaking anything as I am a very careful person and I have never dropped/tipped over/kicked/etc. a piece ever and I have been smoking for about 3 years now. So I am not worried too much about the cheaper glass breaking on me if I get the Cheech. If you need me to elaborate on anything in this post just say so and I'll try my best. I love to type so feel free to ask for more detail on what I am asking if you wish. Thanks for any answers! Discussion about why one performs better or worse than another is welcome of course.