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Yamaha YRF21 Fife
Yamaha YRF21 Fife
Offered by Yamaha Music London
Price: £9.00

10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow, this is so satisfying!, 28 May 2013
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I should state from the outset that am not a trained musician. I can hold a tune when singing and I have a reasonable appreciation of pitch.

I was introduced to this instrument via a recording of an artist called Wouter Kellerman. I did a bit of research and noted that many people consider the fife to be a challenging instrument. Unlike a tin (penny) whistle or recorder the process of creating a note isn't straightforward, it's more akin to blowing across the top of a bottle. Thankfully the little ridge gives a good indication of where one's bottom lip should rest.

On the first day I was glad I got a tin whistle to fall back on because getting anything other than an airy hiss out of the fife seemed impossible. However, after 30 minutes I was intermittently getting a warm, bright tone. The instrument sounds *wonderful* but it does take work. If the past three days are anything to go by I hope to progress quite quickly because frankly, I cannot put this thing down.

I've noted a number of people (on Amazon US) stating that this is not a fife, it's a transverse recorder and giving it a a poor review as a result. I'm so glad I ignored those opinions; I don't care what this instrument is called, all I know is how satisfying it is to play and how lovely it sounds.

My only criticism is that the instruction sheet, whilst it does demonstrate the scale, does not indicate how one needs to blow. However, a little bit of research demonstrates the technique required.

Hey, for a little over £6 the latter is totally forgiveable.

GURPS Basic Set: Characters (GURPS: Generic Universal Role Playing System)
GURPS Basic Set: Characters (GURPS: Generic Universal Role Playing System)
by Andrew Hackard
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £30.01

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars As much game as you can imagine., 29 Dec. 2009
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Excellent book, logically laid out with nice illustrations and the material itself is well thought out and engaging.

The game takes a bit of time to get the hang of. As a person starting out with no previous experience I started by only using the most necessary rules, I found it intuitive after a few practice plays. Reading the books gives you the theory but only in playing it do you realise how it all fits together.

As it's a universal system, the game is only limited by your imagination; though, if your imagination sometimes needs a kick-start (as mine does), you can find a lot of what are called 'source books' that describe numerous genres like fantasy, space and horror.

I think it's one of those games that grows with the player; the more time you invest in it, the more rewarding it becomes.

For those that are unsure, do a web search for GURPS-lite - this is a free, minimal overview of the game and the rules in PDF format - it should allow you to assess if the game is for you.

Nokia E63 SIM-Free Mobile Phone - Blue
Nokia E63 SIM-Free Mobile Phone - Blue

21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great phone but with a problem..., 7 Oct. 2009
Got this phone at the start of the year. I will first point out that I'm still using (and enjoying it) but the phone is prone to one very serious issue - sound quality. The problem lies in the headphone connector which is prone to a significant amount of hiss and clicking which is a serious problem for a phone with an integrated video and music player. Contacting Nokia resulted in the response 'only use Nokia branded headsets', unfortunately it seems to make very little difference if you use your own headphones or the headset provided with the phone.

Keyboard: The main reason I bought the phone. It looks like the keys are too small but the shape and a good layout results in an easy to use and very functional keyboard.
Battery: Excellent; tends to last around three days under moderately heavy use.
Menu and tools: Very good; clear layout and logical grouping makes finding things simple.
Included applications: Very good; lots available from Nokia and third parties too.
Price: Excellent. You'll have a hard time finding a phone with a similar feature-set at this price.

The phone is quite easy on the eye too, it's covered in tough, non-slip plastic that doesn't attract fingerprints and is easy to keep clean. The quick-access keys are clever and the directional pad is good.

In summary: If you want a really good phone for personal and/or business use then you can't go far wrong but if listening to music is important to you then I would have severe reservations recommending this phone.
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Action Replay (Gamecube)
Action Replay (Gamecube)
Offered by total digital stores
Price: £19.50

7 of 12 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Intentionally crippled, avoid., 26 May 2007
Datel seems to have intentionally crippled the manual code input feature, it was a lot of fun to see some of the unexpected effects of codes you entered yourself. Now you're stuck with what they decide to provide you with (if anything).

Consider that previous versions allowed additions of codes and you'll see that you're paying exactly the same money for a product that Datel has devalued.

Seriously think about it before purchasing this device.

Linksys Wireless-G ADSL Modem Router w/4-Port Switch
Linksys Wireless-G ADSL Modem Router w/4-Port Switch

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Consider carefully., 3 July 2005
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I purchased this unit on the weight of linksys being a subsiduary of Cisco; a trusted brand.
What I got was a device that would not even detect my DSL line despite 'inferior' units; a D-link DSL 300T and a Voyager USB DSL modem working solidly using the same line.
The range of the wireless connection is very poor, no further than the room in which the unit was situated, interferance can not be the reason as my other wireless devices work perfectly.
On top of this the unit also emits a remarkable amount of heat which is worrying.
Given the wide array of reviews ranging from very poor to excellent what you're paying for is a device that may or may not work and if it does work, may or may not work to an acceptable standard.

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