Illadelph Slit Style Bushing Diffused Downstem (trikky)


Who knew there were so many different types of downstems available. Well, maybe you all knew but I did not. Take a look at this Illadelph from trikky’s personal collection.

Submitted By: trikky (Member and Editor)

Make/Model: Illadelph “Slit” Style Bushing Diffused Downstem

Joint Size: 18.8mm to 14.4mm

Craftmanship Rating: A

Functionality Rating: B-

Comments: The Illadelph style Bushing Downstem is a very decent downstem. Every Illadelph tube now comes standard with them, which is a credit to Illadelph. The design is functional, but does not diffuse the smoke quite as well as the German style diffuser. Aesthetically, the low profile look of a bushing diffuser is typically preferred by glass enthusiasts.

Also, most custom made bowls made by actual artists are made with 14.4mm joints, so a bushing is more compatible.  –trikky

I can definitely see a difference when comparing the milk shots. This whole time I am using a slit style on my daily hitter thinking it was better. Time to go to the head shop!  –Chubbs

6 Comments | Add Yours

  1. says:

    on Jan 7, 2009

    What exactly are you referring to when you say “bushing” ?

  2. says:

    on Jan 7, 2009

    Even though you say it doesn’t diffuse as good as the other one, I like the look of the slits better than holes for some reason.

    Nice piece, nice review.

  3. says:

    on Jan 7, 2009

    I will get you a better picture of a bushing. They are much better visually understood than explained. I agree that between these two types of diffusers, the slits are most aesthetically appealing. A nicely made German Style diffuser can be a pleasure to look at AND smoke from. Look for a handmade German style diffuser in a future review.

  4. says:

    on Nov 18, 2009

    i think he’s reffering to the joint of the stem..

  5. Joe


    on Apr 21, 2010

    Hey how long is that downstem?

  6. stak


    on May 1, 2010

    a touch short. looks sweet tho. i love the illadelph logo in that colour.

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