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Protechted: The Ultimate Screen Cloth
Protechted: The Ultimate Screen Cloth

5.0 out of 5 stars Amazingly effective screen & glasses cleaner..., 4 May 2016
Simply the best cleaning cloth I've ever used - works an absolute treat on mobile phone screens, tablet & computer screens, and all types of glasses. With a couple of gentle rubs removes all smudge marks, grease etc. and, if the marks are more stubborn, simply dampen it to get rid of them - the end result is a surface that looks like new (bar any nicks etc. on the glass that nothing will remove). Made of some kind of very soft but extremely tough "wonder" material it doesn't need any special storage or care, and when it gets dirty (i.e. after an awful lot of uses) just pop it in the washing machine, after which it's as good as new. An amazing, long lasting and incredibly effective product.


La Bella Deep Talkin' Bass White Nylon Tape Wound 50-105
La Bella Deep Talkin' Bass White Nylon Tape Wound 50-105
Offered by supermusic57
Price: £33.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A "must have" upgrade for my Fender acoustic bass..., 15 April 2016
Loaded these clear plastic covered strings onto my Fender Kingman acoustic bass and... bingo, a beautifully warm tone that's so much better than the overly sharp & brittle tone from the nickel-wound strings that came with it. There's a perceptible reduction in volume when playing "unplugged" but when plugged in to a decent small bass amp the sounds they produce are a joy to behold, coming close to those of an electrified upright bass. Best of all, their lack of resistance has dramatically reduced the previously very audible scratches from my finger movements while making it so much easier to play the guitar in the relaxed style it requires. Can't comment on whether they're better than other tape wound alternatives but, for me, they've been a "must have' upgrade.


Planet Waves Woven Guitar Strap - Tweed
Planet Waves Woven Guitar Strap - Tweed
Price: £16.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent strap..., 14 April 2016
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Excellent guitar strap - well made with very soft & flexible woven material in two layers (outside layer is in gold & brown, inside layer is in brown), so it also feels comfortably thick - colours perfectly complement my acoustic guitar. Classy buy.


EZPack GS200B Folding Compact Stand for Electric and Acoustic Guitar
EZPack GS200B Folding Compact Stand for Electric and Acoustic Guitar
Price: £12.97

5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant piece of practical design..., 12 April 2016
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The featured product photos don't do this brilliantly designed little guitar stand justice. Fully collapsed, it measures just 4 cm (1.5 inches) thick, 25 cm (10 inches) long, and 10 cm (4 inches) wide, looks like a smooth sided oblong box with no protrusions to snag on things, and weighs about the same as a large paperback book - small enough & thin enough to slip easily into a guitar gig bag pocket or even a coat pocket. Pull on the two sides of the "box" and it quickly & easily extends out into a decent sized floor stand, with no wing nuts or other bits to tighten or adjust - large enough to hold both wide bodied acoustic and thin bodied electric guitars thanks to the clips on its floor legs that adjust to the guitar's body width. And yet, despite being so light, it becomes remarkably stable once a guitar is loaded onto it - difficult to knock over if bumped into from the front, although the low level floor leg clips do make it vulnerable to bumps from the side.

Not a replacement for larger, heavier & bulkier stands in busy environments where its vulnerability to "side knocking" could be an issue, but perfect if your looking for what must be the smallest, realistically "usable" guitar stand out there - and... it's cheap.


Roland Micro Cube BASS RX Bass Guitar Amplifier
Roland Micro Cube BASS RX Bass Guitar Amplifier
Offered by Manns Music
Price: £189.00

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars You get what you pay for..., 28 Mar. 2016
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Bought this to play my Fender acoustic bass through for practice and small gigs on the back of its almost universally positive reviews.

So... good points? It's very small & easy to carry. It has lots of equalisation & effects settings plus several pre-programmed settings for different sounds & playing styles. It has a pretty good built-in drum machine that definitely aids practice, and a tuner that works well but is a little cumbersome to use. If required, it can work off 6AA batteries - a major plus point that also makes it useful as a small portable PA speaker - and, it's fairly cheap. Bad points? To me the key thing with a bass amp is the ability to get a flat, deep, non-artificial sound that can then be tweaked for brightness, etc. as you see fit. But, as hard as I tried, I failed to find a setting that would produce this: everything I could dial up from the wide range of available options sounded too processed or, in some cases, far too heavily distorted - even the "Super Flat" setting which, presumably, is supposed to be "non-processed" sounded unpleasantly thin & bright with my Fender Jazz bass, even worse with my acoustic bass.

Ah well I thought, maybe it's just not possible to get good bass sounds from such a small unit. Not true... I subsequently used a "PJB Double Four" amp that's even smaller, lacks the multitude of on-board features & effects of the Micro Cube, and is approaching twice the price. But, wow... what a sound: rich, room filling, perfectly delivered bass - so good that it's difficult to believe it comes from something so small.

Bottom line: you get what you pay for and, given what Roland has packed into this little amp, it's arguably very good value. But, if you're thinking you can use it for anything much more than home practice, or if you want a practice amp that comes close to replicating the sound that larger amps produce, think carefully before buying.


Nikon 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5G ED AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor Lens - 2181
Nikon 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5G ED AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor Lens - 2181

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A joy to own & use... but very expensive, 29 Feb. 2016
First the good. This is a quality piece of kit that covers an ideal range from ultra-wide of 10mm (15mm in full frame terms) to close to a standard utility length of 24mm (36mm in full frame terms) making it more versatile than most other ultra-wide angle zooms that typically cover a range of 12-24mm or 10-20mm - those extra millimetres do make a difference in the "usability" of these type lenses. It's also relatively light and relatively small, allowing it to sit comfortably on light DSLR bodies such as my Nikon D5500, and it looks good, feels good, is clearly very robust and takes stunningly good pictures.

The bad? It's very expensive compared to a number of own brand competitors, in particular the pretty much identical Tamron 10-24mm that typically retails for less than half the Nikon's price. You may pay for what you get but that's a hefty price difference even if the picture quality of the Nikon may be considered better (particularly in edge distortion at the widest settings) in a number of comparative reviews.

A joy to own & use, but the scale of the price hike over perfectly capable competition prevents a 5 star rating.


A Bigger Splash [DVD] [2016]
A Bigger Splash [DVD] [2016]
Dvd ~ Tilda Swinton
Price: £9.99

15 of 21 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Did I miss something?, 14 Feb. 2016
This review is from: A Bigger Splash [DVD] [2016] (DVD)
The cast's good, the story's intriguing, and a lot of film critics like it... so where's the problem?

Well, as I patiently sat through this overly long film I kept waiting for it to reveal its hidden treasure: the sub-plot or unexpected twist that makes it all worthwhile and generates such good reviews. But, unless I dozed off somewhere (a distinct possibility as the tedium took hold), there's nothing surprising or interesting lurking beneath the surface and the only twist is a ridiculous ending that simply confirms how vapid the whole thing has been.

Sure, Ralph Fiennes hyper-acting is impressive but, despite this, the only thing the film really achieves is to pretty perfectly mirror the awful self indulgence & self importance of the people it portrays. Maybe that was the point of it all...
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Love - Love Story [2008] [DVD] [NTSC]
Love - Love Story [2008] [DVD] [NTSC]
Dvd ~ Bruce Botnick
Price: £9.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Essential for Love fans..., 14 Jan. 2016
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If you're interested in Love this is quite simply a "must have" DVD: a lengthy overview of this highly enigmatic group featuring extensive interviews with band members and other key figures involved in making their records, in particular their masterwork, "Forever Changes". The only problem is the paucity of footage of the original band playing live but... does this actually exist?... I suspect not. No matter, because what is here is so well reconstructed, with along the way so many fascinating insights into how, where & why things happened, that despite this fairly large gap in proceedings, the end result fully captures one of the strangest, most intriguing stories in rock... by the end you'll know a lot more about it.


Yeah Yeah Yeah: The Story of Modern Pop
Yeah Yeah Yeah: The Story of Modern Pop
Price: £8.96

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superbly researched and highly engaging..., 14 Jan. 2016
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This book looks like a massive reference work - which in many ways it is - but don’t let that put you off because it’s actually a series of well written and incredibly well researched essays on just about every aspect of Rock & Pop.

Each chapter holds together on its own as an overview of a particular musical genre/movement and each can be read, on its own, if you just want to dip in & out of the book. But, read sequentially, they constitute a highly engaging overview of more than 60 years of popular music in all its multifarious forms. It’s history presented as an intriguing "story"; something that few history books achieve because few authors’ have the combination of required skills. Bob Stanley does and, coupled with his obvious love of music and his incredible knowledge of it, he’s produced something that's awe inspiring in its scope and sheer "readability".

Sure, you can nit-pick about some things, but that’s probably because he doesn’t go into sufficient detail for you about your favourite genres or artists; but, of course, if he did – which, based on what’s in here, he almost certainly could - this already large book would run the risk of becoming the encyclopaedically "dry" reference work that Stanley so cleverly avoids. You could also question some of his opinions or, how much space he devotes to some artists compared to others, but, hey, this is music he's dealing with which it's pretty impossible to write about in such an engaging manner without some degree of subjectivity.

As it is, the only real problem is that the paperback version is actually quite difficult to physically hold – the Kindle version is recommended.


Up The Line
Up The Line
Price: £0.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Lucky me..., 6 Jan. 2016
This review is from: Up The Line (MP3 Download)
Whoaa... how did I miss this? Heard an excerpt of "Up The Line" on a recent TV programme and downloaded it straight away. I'm old enough to have been there at the time but it passed me by. Shame, because I've missed 50 years of listening to this slice of pure R&B bliss. Great sax, great harmonica, great track... best I've come across for many years. Lucky me... lucky you?


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