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Ashbury Cases & Bags Standard Concert Ukulele Bag
Ashbury Cases & Bags Standard Concert Ukulele Bag
Price: £8.95

5.0 out of 5 stars Superb quality and great value for money, 27 Oct 2014
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Wow, what great value. Well made, well padded, good size (ample for a concert uke), quick delivery, what else is there left to say? Faultless.


Peavey Composer Ukulele
Peavey Composer Ukulele

5.0 out of 5 stars Great choice for an 'improver' uke, 27 Oct 2014
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OK, I picked this up on sale at £30, so that has to be slightly factored in to this enthusiastic review, but anyway.....
I started playing uke during convalescence from an achilles operation. Having played bad guitar for a long time (never seem to have the time for lessons or serious practice) I wanted something to act as a bit of a challenge while I was house-bound and to have an instrument I was able to take on holidays as a bit of fun (and to annoy my companions with). I bought a Kala Makala Dolphin soprano uke and have had great fun learning to play on it. It's really pretty good and great to learn on, but it does sound the tiniest bit 'tinny'. I started thinking whether I could justify a little 'upgrade' to a better uke, but the prices for decent Concert ukes were enough to dissuade me.
I was idly leafing through the latest Amazon 'offers' recently when I came across the Peavey. It looked good, had decent reviews, was a 'concert' model, was by a 'name' manufacturer (although that's no sort of guarantee) and was only 30 smackers. No brainer. Quck delivery, excellent packaging and what a little beauty!
It looks fantastic with a great finish, unusual design with teardrop soundhole and side 'vent' and much more of a 'guitar' look and feel than most soprano ukes. The wood is a little thin, but that helps keep it light and balanced and certainly doesn't seem to adversely affect sound quality. The tuning machines are absolutely top quality and very precise, the fretboard is smooth and the action excellent, straight out of the box - no buzzing - and playing barre chords is a joy compared to the Dolphin. As a plus it's equipped with great Aquila strings which stayed in tune from the off. The extra length and range of the fretboard certainly gives room for more experimentation, increased use of barre chords and soloing - blues uke lessons here I come.
The sound is a major step up from the Dolphin, more resonant, clearer, cleaner and decent volume and sustain; much more rewarding and 'professional' sounding. This improved sound quality is encouraging me to try to smarten up my technique to get the most out of it (good intentions anyway). As other reviewers have commented, you will need to buy a 'gig bag' but I found an excellent Ashbury one on Amazon for less than £9!
So, my conclusions; at £30 you would be mad not to try it as a step up for an intermediate player of a soprano uke. At £50 it's slightly less of a no brainer, obviously, but looking at prices of equivalent concert ukes I think it still represents good VFM. Warmly recommended.


Tiger Orchestral Sheet Music Stand
Tiger Orchestral Sheet Music Stand
Price: £18.98

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly Recommended, 8 Sep 2014
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What an excellent product. There are a number of variants on the theme of this music stand on Amazon and I suggest reading the reviews carefully. It's clear some are very cheap copies of more expensive stands that are visually convincing but flimsy of construction. This one is different. Whilst still 'inexpensive' the quality is very, very good and it's as sturdy as can be. I have a 'White Pages' guitar tab book that weighs approximately the same as a small family car. It brought about the collapse and demise of my old chrome folding music stand and nearly took out the dog with it. This stand didn't even flinch when confronted with the same tome and every point of adjustment (the 'weak spots' of these items) is solidly built and easy to tighten/untighten. If it could only improve my guitar playing at the same time it would be 6 stars. Highly recommended.


Citizen Eco-Drive Men's Watch with White Dial Chronograph Display and Black Leather Strap CA0361-04A
Citizen Eco-Drive Men's Watch with White Dial Chronograph Display and Black Leather Strap CA0361-04A

5.0 out of 5 stars Experience says; it's a great watch, 6 Sep 2014
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I've had this watch for well over 2 years now - so it's probably time for a review! Yes, I bought it at a Black Friday 'knock-down' price and for £90 it's a stone-cold bargain. It probably represents VFM at anything less than £150. So, after 2 years, what's the conclusion? It's a genuinely attractive timepiece, and has garnered wholly positive views from others. It actually looks like a £250 watch even if in absolute terms it probably doesn't stack up at that price point. It keeps excellent time and eco-drive works perfectly. The stop-watch function is neat and simple. The strap is fine - it may feeel a little flimsy but has stood up to almost daily wear over 30 months and still looks good - because it's actually good quality fine leather, rather than cheap thin leather. Yes I'd prefer a perpetual calendar, but that's hardly a big deal. It's rugged too - lots of knocks and bashes and it's completely unmarked. I have had a Citizen Aqualand divers' watch for over 10 years and it too is excellent if a little less attractive, so I would say that in my experience Citizen produce very good, practical watches at sensible prices and, importantly, they don't prevent sellers from discounting them like some other brands do, so bargains can be had. In conclusion, my absolute favourite watch for daily wear and one of the best bargains I've ever found on Amazon.


Simple Audio Go Premium Compact Portable Rechargeable Bluetooth Speaker
Simple Audio Go Premium Compact Portable Rechargeable Bluetooth Speaker
Offered by TTsims
Price: £77.29

5.0 out of 5 stars A Bargain, 18 Aug 2014
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Perfect connections easily made with all my devices, and with very good range; no evidence yet of any issues with drop-outs. Sound quality quite remarkable for price/size. This little unit stands comparison with Bose products costing £150 plus which I had the opportunity to listen to extensively recently. Very solid bass, tight upper registers and excellent, sibilence free vocals; it goes really loud without distortion. A true bargain. Highly recommended.


Going Back Home
Going Back Home
Price: £4.49

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Magnificent R&B, 13 Aug 2014
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This review is from: Going Back Home (MP3 Download)
A confession - I've never been a big fan of Daltrey's voice. I admire him rather than love him and have always found his style a tad one dimensional compared to some of the other iconic rock vocalists (the ultimate perhaps being Mr Percy Plant). In this setting, though, it really works. Not quite the glorious menace of Mr Brilleaux, but still a gruff, raw R&B joy, Daltrey responding brilliantly to the backing of the indefatigable, inexhaustible, irresistible Wilko. The only thing that would top this is a Volume 2, recorded in about a year's time, with Wilco still going strong. And then a Volume 3, 4, 5........


Fender Guitar Strap Monogrammed 2'' Black / Light Grey / Dark Grey
Fender Guitar Strap Monogrammed 2'' Black / Light Grey / Dark Grey
Offered by RST Music
Price: £11.25

4.0 out of 5 stars Nice Strap, 13 Aug 2014
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Nice, quality strap, only negative is that holes are rather tight fit for the pegs on my Strat, but no biggie.


VicTsing Wireless Bluetooth A2DP Music Transmitter HiFi Audio Dongle Adapter for 3.5mm Audio Devices (Apple iPod iPhone iPad Mobile Phone Nokia Sony Samsung Motorola LG HTC, MP3/MP4, TV, Media Player) - Black
VicTsing Wireless Bluetooth A2DP Music Transmitter HiFi Audio Dongle Adapter for 3.5mm Audio Devices (Apple iPod iPhone iPad Mobile Phone Nokia Sony Samsung Motorola LG HTC, MP3/MP4, TV, Media Player) - Black
Offered by VICTECH
Price: £12.59

5.0 out of 5 stars Poitive Experience, 13 Aug 2014
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Very positive experience. Swift delivery, simple operation, excellent connectivity, good sound quality, very good range. Easy five stars.


Yongnuo - White Flash Diffuser for YONGNUO YN 560, 565, YN560 & YN565EX
Yongnuo - White Flash Diffuser for YONGNUO YN 560, 565, YN560 & YN565EX
Offered by GRL AUDIO UK
Price: £5.89

5.0 out of 5 stars It Works!, 11 Aug 2014
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Cheap, cheerful, it works.


AmazonBasics DSLR and Laptop Rucksack with Orange Interior
AmazonBasics DSLR and Laptop Rucksack with Orange Interior
Price: £35.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Great Value for Money, 11 Aug 2014
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Excellent product - practical, roomy and versatile. Got a lot of stick on a 3 week holiday to the States and went everywhere with me. Only loses a star because of a very small amount of separation of the stitching on the top of the backstraps where they join the body of the 'sack - but only about half a centimetre and it hasn't continued to open up so still fully functional. At this price you can buy and replace after a few heavy trips anyway.


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