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Official Xbox 360 Wireless Controller - Black (Xbox 360)
Official Xbox 360 Wireless Controller - Black (Xbox 360)
Price: 26.86

3.0 out of 5 stars Why are they not more robust?, 2 Aug 2014
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These things seem to need replacement too often!


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3.0 out of 5 stars Not first choice, 2 Aug 2014
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PP-PR-ST101-4 is better.


Model PP-PR-ST101-4 Professional level Pipa string set
Model PP-PR-ST101-4 Professional level Pipa string set
Offered by carrotmusic-store
Price: 7.26

5.0 out of 5 stars First choice for pipa, 2 Aug 2014
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Better quality than standard set and has spares, so better value too.


Bosch Replacement Blade for AXT Rapid 2000/2200
Bosch Replacement Blade for AXT Rapid 2000/2200
Price: 13.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Competitive price and delivery., 6 Jan 2014
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It's not as if you have a choice about ordering these parts, if you have a Bosch shredder. So this review is not about the part itself (and if it were, I'd give a lower rating, because they have a shockingly short service life and cannot be re-sharpened). The review has to be about customer service aspects and they were faultless. The price (whilst still high) was competitive and the parts certainly appear to be properly-packaged Bosch originals, supplied with fixings. The delivery was prompt (even just before Christmas). Unfortunately, the weather has been too bad to use them yet, but I don't think Amazon controls that ... yet.


Complete Guide to Guitar and AMP Maintenance
Complete Guide to Guitar and AMP Maintenance
by Ritchie Fliegler
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.97

3.0 out of 5 stars Useful, but not truly "Complete", 6 Jan 2014
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If you could only have one book to cover this broad subject matter, then this would be adequate. But it would be far better to buy two books, one focusing on amps and the other focusing on guitars. Of necessity, this book has to cover some topics rather thinly. The layout is rather odd, which I suspect is because the publisher is more used to music engraving than to laying out technical manuals.


The Guitar AMP Handbook: Understanding Amplifiers and Getting Great Sounds
The Guitar AMP Handbook: Understanding Amplifiers and Getting Great Sounds
by Dave Hunter
Edition: Paperback
Price: 11.16

4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting survey of classic amps, 6 Jan 2014
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The book sets out to do two things that are very difficult - to cover a broad range of topics around valve amps; and to be technical without being too technical. It makes a pretty good job on the first, although I think the build-your-own section simply cannot be done justice in the space devoted to it. On the second it struggles. Dave Hunter is obviously very knowledgeable and has hands-on experience of many amps (great and not so) but even he cannot explain sophisticated and subtle electronic phenomena when technical analysis is disallowed. If you already have sufficient technical knowledge you can largely read-between-the-lines. If not, you miss out. By far the most interesting part of the book (and entirely justifying the cost of admission) is the section analysing, comparing and contrasting the circuits and construction of classic amps. It is supported by excellent photos of their interior workings, which you can pore over endlessly.


Cooler Master Silencio 550 USB3.0 ATX Case
Cooler Master Silencio 550 USB3.0 ATX Case
Price: 58.69

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent design, but some quality issues., 6 Jan 2014
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A PC in this case is indeed very quiet in operation, its appearance is sleek, and it has some great features - to mention two, memory card and USB 3 and USB 2 ports available at the front without opening the door; and the ability to use a hard disk temporarily in the slot in the front, which is great for back-up (or even extracting your files from the previous PC). But I gave a lower 4-star rating because of some problems in assembling it. For example, one of the side panels was fitted so tightly that the only way I could get it off was by prying with a screwdriver - not good! Worse, the layout of tapped holes for the motherboard fixings did not provide all required for my mobo. Worse still, one of the holes that did line up turned out not to be tapped, so I had to take the mobo back out and tap the hole in the case, with the risk of tiny bits of swarf (i.e. metal cuttings) then being loose in the case. These things, together with CM's unconventional position for the PSU, meant that the build easily took twice as long as usual. I have built many PCs and this is the first time I have experienced this odd combination of excellence and shoddiness in a single product.


Designing Valve Preamps for Guitar and Bass, Second Edition
Designing Valve Preamps for Guitar and Bass, Second Edition
by Merlin Blencowe
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 23.23

5.0 out of 5 stars The truth is in there., 10 Dec 2013
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This book provides in-depth technical analysis of valve circuit design and its rigorous application to the particular field of guitar amplifiers. It has a refreshing and very informative approach, worlds away from the technical treatises on hi-fi valve amps (excellent, but largely irrelevant to guitar amps) and the books that treat building guitar amps as a mystical art, largely lost to modern civilisations. If you want to understand how guitar amps really work, read it!

The only problem with the book is that, in the figures, the details drawn faint are so faint that it's possible to miss them altogether. Perhaps that will be put right in the next edition.


Tube Guitar Amplifier Cook Book
Tube Guitar Amplifier Cook Book
by Robert Yonemoto
Edition: Paperback
Price: 19.98

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Poor quality, poor value, 6 Oct 2013
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I gave up reading this after three or four chapters. I'd wasted too much time because of technical errors. As the book warns, the book is about highly hazardous subject matter, so it simply should not be in print when it gets so much stuff wrong. Charts have lines and lettered points on them that are not referred to in the text. Conversely, points that would be clear if the chart had been annotated are left unsupported. A circuit diagram shows a 250V supply, but the text refers to 200V. These are safety critical matters. The book explains things illogically. It's written in a very odd, cramped style with a reluctance to use "a" and "the" in the conventional places, as well as many other grammatical infelicities. It's also a very thin book offered at a comparatively high price.


wheelbarrow innertube 3.50/4.00 x 8
wheelbarrow innertube 3.50/4.00 x 8
Offered by Keto Plastics Limited
Price: 4.90

2.0 out of 5 stars Too many failures!, 9 Sep 2013
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Two of these had punctures within a week of fitting. It's just possible that they were unlucky, but I suspect that they are not top quality. Proceed with caution!


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