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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Does what it says, 6 Jun. 2013
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A very handy stand for a bag of stuff to take to band practice. It seems to be pretty sturdy despite the low weight. Just be aware that it's relatively long when folded up, compared to a typical stand.


Playing Cards, 1000 Piece Puzzle
Playing Cards, 1000 Piece Puzzle
by Piatnik
Edition: Puzzle
Price: £13.25

5.0 out of 5 stars A very apposite and very good puzzle, 17 April 2013
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Playing cards are Piatnik's main product, and I think they make the best in the world, especially when you take account of the huge range of packs. So a jigsaw featuring cards from their own packs is rather inevitable. The jigsaw is well-made, and a good one for solving without the picture, especially if you can use your jigsaw and/or card-playing wits.

One minor disappointment - all the fronts of cards are of face cards. These are the most decorative, but at least some packs have some interesting aces and other "pip cards", especially the ones with Italian or Germanic suits. Maybe that's a chance for a "Playing cards 2" jigsaw, which could be rather tougher, as some of the others in this series appear to be.


Stagg Heavy Duty Large Trombone Stand
Stagg Heavy Duty Large Trombone Stand
Offered by PlayRecord Net
Price: £19.58

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Satisfactory but not perfect, 2 April 2013
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Does a sound enough job, but has two disadvantages compared to the (twice as costly) K&M professional one:

* shorter legs - about 10 inches rather than 13, so just a bit easier to knock over
* slower to set up - the bell-supporting bit is quite hard to move (at least when new), and other tightening operations are just a bit more difficult

The upshot is that this one goes to the place where I want to leave a stand set up for use a couple of times a week, and the K&M keeps its place for use at home and for taking to places where a quick set-up is useful.


Jo-Ral Bass Trombone Straight Mute - Aluminium/Copper Bottom
Jo-Ral Bass Trombone Straight Mute - Aluminium/Copper Bottom
Price: £71.46

5.0 out of 5 stars Very good sound., 10 Mar. 2013
Tested against the new Wick model in shop. Both this and the all-aluminium one were better, and made me wonder why the old Wick shape (very much like this) was changed. This one has a bit more of the "tinny rasp" side of a straight mute.


THE DOUBLE VALVE BASS TROMBONE
THE DOUBLE VALVE BASS TROMBONE
by Alan Raph
Edition: Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars Best bass bone tutor book at a sensible price, 8 Mar. 2013
There's a more recent method by Aharoni, but it's pretty expensive - too expensive for me to be able to comment on the content. Alan Raph does a very good job in this book. It was originally published in 1969, so various aspects are a bit outdated, but these don't make any difference to what you need to do as a player. 72 pages of useful material (some of it mighty hard work, but that's bass trombone life, it seems), and no wasted space,except maybe for the amount of work on high partials in trigger positions which seem very unlikely to be used in real life.

It's worth shopping around as the price varies considerably. A look at some of Alan Raph's youtube videos should show you that be knows what he's talking about, and how to communicate it to you.


Denis Wick DW4930 Denis Wick Advanced Formula Valve Oil
Denis Wick DW4930 Denis Wick Advanced Formula Valve Oil
Offered by Band Supplies
Price: £6.00

4.0 out of 5 stars Great product, poor bottle, 1 Mar. 2013
The oil is fantastic - it works well for rotary as well as piston valves (though you should really get spindle oil for the spindle). But the nozzle on the bottle is too big - to get the few drops of oil you actually need, turning the bottle upside down is enough. Any squeezing and you'll be paying to oil a cleaning cloth or your carpet. A rare slip in quality from Denis.

Update: my review applies to a bottle that looks different to this one, so the nozzle issue may not apply now.


Meet Mr. Roberts + Bottoms Up
Meet Mr. Roberts + Bottoms Up
Price: £15.19

5.0 out of 5 stars Bass trombone inspiration, 12 Feb. 2013
As a new convert to playing the bass trombone, this is showing me how much you can do with this instrument. Yes, it's annoying how often he's muted, but both this and the marimba are surely just reflections of the way they did things in those days. He shows what you can achieve with a single-trigger bass, and might just have nudged a bucket mute onto my accessory shopping list.


The Trombone: Practical Tutor for the Slide Trombone (bass clef) incorporating the Bb/F tenor and bass trombone.
The Trombone: Practical Tutor for the Slide Trombone (bass clef) incorporating the Bb/F tenor and bass trombone.
by Otto Langey
Edition: Sheet music

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Old-fashioned, but has some good material, 11 Feb. 2013
Already old-fashioned when published in 1965. The coverage of the Bb/F trombone is minimal - a page about it and a fingering chart. Except for the bass part in a few quartets at the end, there's no music requiring use of the trigger.

The main point of interest is that the "Melodic Studies" include plenty of pieces that are challenging and fun to play, by long-forgotten people like "F Vaubaron" and "P Dieppo". In the stuff for more than one player, you get the Beethoven Equales as well as some ancient popular music - "Ye Gentlemen of England", and "From the Valleys and Hills" (which you doubtless remember from Balfe's "Bohemian Girl").

If you get a copy with the front cover currently shown, it's the wrong edition. The bass clef version has (of course) a bass clef on the cover.


Ravensburger London Landscape Puzzle (1000 Pieces)
Ravensburger London Landscape Puzzle (1000 Pieces)
Offered by Buy-For-Less-Online
Price: £11.61

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good puzzle, 3 Jan. 2013
only a couple of rows of sky, and the lists of some of the landmarks are easy to put together, so you get a good start. But the rest is quite tough if you decide not to look at the picture. There may be 130 items on the key diagram, but there are many more recognisable buildings and other features. Up to date, with the Olympic parks and 3 best known stadia.


Faber-Castell Grip 2011 Medium Tip Ballpoint Pen - Silver
Faber-Castell Grip 2011 Medium Tip Ballpoint Pen - Silver
Price: £9.97

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent pen for the price, 8 Nov. 2012
I was disappointed with the mechanical pencil in this series, but the mechanism for a ballpoint is much simpler, so you can expect a good one for a tenner. So the benefit of the excellent grip from the shape and those little plastic bobbles is unspolied.

That said, I don't have the same aversion to blue ink as the other reviewer. As it happens, I send a scan (well, a photo actually) every week for work purposes, of a document marked up mostly in red and green ink. I wonder if the other reviewer informed Amazon about the mistake? I'm guessing not - if you read the details after this review and they mention blue ink, I'm taking the credit.


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