Quetscher, sorry I meant Hookah. I can rest it on my thigh but it tends to slides a little when I am playing. I guess everyone has to fit or position the instrument as they feel best to their needs. My new set up is adjustable from 5″ to 7″. I have it set around 5-3/4″ for me. I actually did the same thing and put the mouth piece on the S-pipe and it was not very comfortable. Also I did not want to stress the base and have the pipe end create a larger opening on the base hole or oblong it.