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Chromatic Tuner Mini Auto Chromatic Tuner Clip for Guitar Bass Violin Ukulele
Chromatic Tuner Mini Auto Chromatic Tuner Clip for Guitar Bass Violin Ukulele
Offered by RayGar
Price: £5.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Very useful for beginners, 1 Oct. 2014
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As a beginner I was struggling tuning the guitar, this looked like a solution.
Easy to use: indicator to left - string too loose
indicator to right - string too tight
display goes green - in tune
Guitar sounds much better now!
Tuner is quite small, but the screen is very readable. It came with a new battery.

Guitar setting "G" is tuned on open strings. Tuner displays the note and string number assuming strings 1 (thin one) to 6 (thick one) are E B G D A E
Checked it on chromatic setting "C" against a Yamaha electronic piano. Keys A to middle C and up to F (including black keys which it displays as sharps #) were all showing up green - in tune - so it appears to be accurate, also it's consistent.


Barbara Hepworth : A Pictorial Autobiography
Barbara Hepworth : A Pictorial Autobiography
by Barbara Hepworth
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting, 1 Sept. 2014
I bought this reduced at Tate Britain for £8.99 - it is the 2012 issue. Maybe they a having a clearance before the up coming Hepworth exhibition next year.
Every few pages there is some text by Hepworth, but mostly it is snaps of family and holidays, and press cuttings and pictures of her work, studio and contemporary artists she knew. Her pet cats also appear! It's all printed in black and white, the photos mostly good quality but some of the press cuttings are hard to read. It really gives an insight into her life, personal and professional - but it's not a critical study of her work in its context.


Tiger Collapsible Folding Keyboard Stand
Tiger Collapsible Folding Keyboard Stand
Price: £15.98

4.0 out of 5 stars Lots smarter than an ironing board, 8 Aug. 2014
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Good value at £16.69 and delivered for free. Nice black satin finish and quite sturdy.

Not exactly precision engineering - when screwed into their sockets, the horizontal feet are not parallel so it wobbles on a flat concrete floor.
Apply some weight and the structure bends a bit - then the four contact points touch the floor and it becomes more stable.

The adjuster gives five settings.
Lowest setting is 64cm high and 77cm wide between the top supports - rather low
Highest setting is 98cm high and 26cm wide between the top supports - useful for a rather small keyboard!
My Yamaha NP30 is 76 keys and 1.24 metres wide and stable on the lowest and second lowest settings.

So the adjustment is more for keyboard size - then you have to work with that height. It's a disadvantage of all 'X' type keyboard stands but not a problem with the ironing board I was using. The keyboard simply lifts off and the stand folds easily.


Under The Skin
Under The Skin
by Michel Faber
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.29

4.0 out of 5 stars Gripping, but Grim, 18 Mar. 2014
This review is from: Under The Skin (Paperback)
We never get under the skin of Isserley, she is an outsider.
She interrogates the hitchers she picks up, but they never find anything out about her
The only one who gets close to Isserley is Amliss, a fellow alien (called a 'human') who has not been under the knife, like Isserley has, to be made a poor copy of a vodsel (earthling).
So the boundaries are distorted in a big way and mixed up with subjects like abduction, mutilation, factory farming, capitalism.
Isserley has a sad life, lives alone in a derelict farmhouse, works very long hours; she is a weird looking misfit, in consant pain. Her only pleasure is to stop the car and look at the beautiful scenery of the Highlands - the changing weather and light, the sky and the sea. What happens in the end is probably her only way out.
I'll be intrigued to see how Johansson plays this role - probably the film is not like the book!

But I found the style very easy and absorbing, all through new things are being revealed - except the picking up of hitchers gets a bit repetitive. No clumsy sentences or odd grammar, so it was all about the story which is intriguing to the point of being shocking.


Black Padded Leather Watch Strap Band With A Stitched Edging And Nubuck Lining 18mm
Black Padded Leather Watch Strap Band With A Stitched Edging And Nubuck Lining 18mm
Offered by Talk Time
Price: £4.79

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not leather, 5 Mar. 2014
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Somehow I missed the previous review - this is indeed not leather.
It does look like leather and appears to be well made, so I put it on intended watch.
Being some kind of plastic it is not very bendy but should hopefully be water resistant - if that's what you want!


20 Metal High Quality Domestic Sewing Machine Bobbins WILL FIT, BROTHER,TOYOTA, JANOME CLEAR
20 Metal High Quality Domestic Sewing Machine Bobbins WILL FIT, BROTHER,TOYOTA, JANOME CLEAR
Offered by Fancyworld
Price: £1.25

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 24 cheap bobbins, 19 Feb. 2014
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These came as two packs of 12.
For the price they are good quality. A few of them would not fit onto the bobbin winder spindle on my Janome 2032 - due to some rough crimping where fitted together. But at only ten pence each it's not a big deal.
Otherwise fine.
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Petzl Tikkina2 -
Petzl Tikkina2 -

4.0 out of 5 stars For the power cuts, 9 Jan. 2014
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It's a bit awkward reading by candlelight.
This neat little Petzl head torch comes with three Duracell AAA batteries.
The head strap is elastic, adjustable and soft feeling. The tilt of the torch is also adjustable.
The instructions are good.
There are two brightness settings:
'Maximum' said to last 55 hours, is quite bright, good for finding things in a large room.
'Economic' 190 hours, quite dim but ok for reading or cooking at close distances
Of course, peripheral vision remains dark and you have to move your head around a lot to direct the beam!


Others of My Kind
Others of My Kind
by James Sallis
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Short book - quick read, 4 Nov. 2013
This review is from: Others of My Kind (Paperback)
This novel feels more like a short story.
It is 'Chandleresque' in style, the sentences tend to be self contained, put together as a series of one-liners, some of them very quotable. And the story involves detectives, victims and journalists.
I read this in paperback format and thought it was a bit like a detective comic book - but with all the pictures removed leaving just the text.
Because it is short, there is not much space to develop characters, events, locations nor to explore the issues touched on; also, little time to move from one scene to another and sometimes new characters just appear without any introduction. The lack of detail in describing the serious crimes featured in the book was very welcome, though.
Quite involving and thought provoking, but at 144 pages of well spaced type it's over in a few hours and for a RRP of £7.99 not great value.


A Potter's Book (Faber Finds)
A Potter's Book (Faber Finds)
by Bernard Leach
Edition: Paperback
Price: £14.00

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A potter's "must have", 30 Oct. 2013
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Pottery is a hobby of mine, and here is a lot of practical information, accumulated in the East, setting up and running the Leach Pottery, and so on. He covers design, building, materials, glazes, decoration, firing and even includes one of the pottery's profit and loss accounts.
It's a small book but concise, the photos are quite small, blurry and in black and white but his sketches are clear and helpful. I got the new book because second hand ones go for silly prices - seems to be a "collectable" book. Modern pottery books tend to be larger, much better illustrated on better quality paper.
As well as the technical side, there is fascinating history and background. He writes about his time in Japan, and other pottery traditions, including English slipware. Of course, sometimes a little out of date - he talks about progressing from wooden barrels to galvanised buckets for storing glazes! A good read and one reference to return to.


Crawley and Horsham (OS Explorer Map)
Crawley and Horsham (OS Explorer Map)
by Ordnance Survey
Edition: Map
Price: £6.39

5.0 out of 5 stars Explorer maps, 18 Aug. 2013
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These maps are fantastic. As a keen walker, one thing I like over the smaller scale OS Landranger maps is that fences are marked, a big help for navigation. Also the details are easier to see if your eyesight is not as good as it used to be.
The paper is quite hard-wearing and will take the odd drop of rain. The folds do wear through eventually, but it's not that expensive to replace one every few years!


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