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Vintage V400MH Mahogany Series Acoustic Guitar
Vintage V400MH Mahogany Series Acoustic Guitar
Offered by Bridport Music
Price: £199.00

4.0 out of 5 stars Good for the asking price, 14 Aug. 2015
Couldn't find much on this one on the internet, but what reviews there are seemed to be lauding its praises, so took the plunge and picked up one for £149 (including a set of Martin strings chucked in).

Just to add my tuppence worth and help out any prospective buyers....

I have an Ibanez dreadnought from around 1993, and the Vintage V400MH is much lighter than this - thinner cuts of wood and a much thinner neck.

The tone, despite the mahogany solid top, to my ears, is much more sparkly than my Ibanez - but bear in mind that solid top guitars mature with age, and the Ibanez tone has definitely improved over the 22 years. The tone though, is nice, and people might prefer the brightness.

Playability - very playable. Back in the day, the cheaper guitars came with action that you could drive a car through. Not so with the Vintage. The neck and fretboard feel good, and, being thin, is kind to smaller hands - good to know if you are buying one of these for a young teenager.

Keeping tune - jury out a bit on this one. Doesn't seem so stable as other guitars that I have played. Not bad though. (plenty of free apps out there for your smartphone to help with tuning - no need to splash out on any gizmos).

Looks - frankly, who cares? The tone and playability are the things for me. No frills on this one. No scratchplate, no pearl inlays. Helps keep the cost down, and all the better for it. If you want something decorative, then maybe look in the kitchen and home section of this site.

All in, I would buy it again. Don't be expecting to get a £1000 guitar for the money - you ain't getting one with the Vintage V400MH. What you get is a guitar that is very playable, with decent tone, for not a lot of money. The only drawback for me is that it is very light, and it seems that another way of keeping the costs down is to use less wood.


Escape From The Shadow Garden-Live 2014
Escape From The Shadow Garden-Live 2014
Offered by skyvo-direct
Price: £12.48

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Getting (even) better and (even) better...., 15 Jun. 2015
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
Didn't catch them on tour, so had to pick this up, and so chuffed that I did.

Sound quality is excellent, the guitar is more up front in the live versions, and the newer songs more than hold their own against the older "classics". In fact, being honest, I think I would have preferred twelve songs from the albums since Princess Alice rather than have the mixture with the older gems.

Before Princess Alice, I would have rated Wings Of Heaven as the band's finest hour, but every album since 2007 has been outstanding. If you haven't listened to any of the more recent albums, then you need to get hold of one - any one of them - and give your ears a treat!

A great live recording, with all members of the band doing justice to supremely well crafted music.

Top band. Chapeaux, guys!


The Obree Way
The Obree Way
by Graeme Obree
Edition: Paperback
Price: £16.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Helping me to improve, 28 Feb. 2014
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This review is from: The Obree Way (Paperback)
Graeme Obree is a legend, and this book sheds some light on how the good sports personalities can become great ones. Obree shares with the reader his training/stretching/breathing techniques, and winning mentality, in a down-to-earth manner that is easy to read.

As well as being extremely enjoyable, the information has helped me to improve my average speed on the turbo and on the road. All for the price of a pint, if you buy the kindle edition.

A no brainer for those of us who like to get out on a bike, and worth reading if you simply want an insight into the psyche of a sporting legend.


All Hell Breaks Loose [Special Edition]
All Hell Breaks Loose [Special Edition]
Price: £9.88

17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Johnny The Fox Is Back In Town, 31 May 2013
The classic Thin Lizzy sound lives on in the Black Star Riders.

People might get hung up on who is/is not in the band, but, when it comes down to it, all that really matters is how the album sounds....and this one rocks.

Hearing echoes of the Johnny The Fox/Bad Reputation albums (with a splash of Emerald)- loving it! Scott Gorham has put together a great band, most of whom have toured as Thin Lizzy (great gig, lads).

If you like Thin Lizzy, then you should give this album a listen.

Raising a glass to Phil. Slainte!


The Journey
The Journey
Offered by TwoRedSevens
Price: £6.99

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the chant has begun again, 30 April 2013
This review is from: The Journey (Audio CD)
Undoubtedly will be the best album of 2013.

Other reviewers will have more eloquence, but just to add my tuppence worth.....

There is not one dud track on this one.

People might wonder what influence Mike Peters has had on the sound. Yes, there are hints of The Alarm's anthemic choruses ( a good thing for me, and something for fans of The Alarm to lap up), but the overwhelming vibe is that of classic Big Country. Echoes of The Crossing, Steeltown, Buffalo Skinners and some of those uplifting rarities tracks are in abundance, and there is even a nod to The Skids on one of the tracks.

Great production, twin guitars in perfect harmony - dancing on a solid bass line, Mike Peters on vocals and the best drummer in the land. All this, and well crafted songs.

Perfect.

This one makes it to my desert island discs list.

(An added bonus for 2013....an expanded version of The Armoury Show album, Waiting For The Floods, has been released. Fans of The Skids should enjoy it.)


Ployer Momo7 IPS Tablet PC - 7 Inch Android 4.1.1 (Jelly Bean), IPS SCREEN; WIFI; ROCKCHIP RK3066 DUAL CORE - 2 X CORTEX A9; QUAD GPU - IPS 1024 x 600 Capacitive 5 Point Touch Screen, 16GB Storage, 1GB DDR3 Memory, Ultra Thin 8.6mm design - HDMI & 3D Output - New Google Play Installed - 1.3MP Front Camera - Flash 11.1 Pre-Installed - All iPlayers and Flash Content Compatible
Ployer Momo7 IPS Tablet PC - 7 Inch Android 4.1.1 (Jelly Bean), IPS SCREEN; WIFI; ROCKCHIP RK3066 DUAL CORE - 2 X CORTEX A9; QUAD GPU - IPS 1024 x 600 Capacitive 5 Point Touch Screen, 16GB Storage, 1GB DDR3 Memory, Ultra Thin 8.6mm design - HDMI & 3D Output - New Google Play Installed - 1.3MP Front Camera - Flash 11.1 Pre-Installed - All iPlayers and Flash Content Compatible

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Faulty Micro USB port, 14 Jan. 2013
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
The spec of this tablet is decent, and when it works, it works well. The screen is clear, and the processor is quick to respond.....HOWEVER....as you will see from other reviews, the micro USB port can fall out. Mine did, within three weeks, and the tablet is now as dead as a dodo. If it can't charge, it isn't of any use.

Responses from seller did not address the issue. Have now asked Amazon to intervene.

You are better off adding some more bucks to your budget and going for the Kindle Fire HD, or the Google Nexus.
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Scottish Lowland Roads: The Cyclist's Guide to Hillclimbs on
Scottish Lowland Roads: The Cyclist's Guide to Hillclimbs on
by John H. McKendrick
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.99

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Super guide to some bike oad climbs, 26 July 2012
The three previous reviews are spot on. A well researched, pocket sized guide to some Scottish lowland hills for road cyclists.

The book is split up into regions 1. Around Glasgow (including the Campsies) 2. Clyde Coast (including Bute and Arran) 3. Ayrshire and southwest coast 4. Dumfries and Galloway 5. The Borders 6. Around Edinburgh 7. Central Lowlands (Aberfoyle, Stirling, Done, Falkland)

Each hill contains a detailed description by the author, together with data on gradient, elevation gain, OS grid references and nearest train stations.

A short map accompanies each route, with the hardest part of each climb highlighted.

Nothing can quite compare to the relief of getting to the top of a serious climb without stopping. Your legs are telling you to get off and walk....but, the pain of the climb is temporary; the feeling of success in achieving the climb lasts forever. As Greg Lemond said, it doesn"t get any easier, you just get faster,

Highly recommend this book.....and will be getting the Highland book when it is published.


Millenium Collection
Millenium Collection
Offered by CiriusMusic
Price: £4.99

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Two albums for the price of one???????, 15 Nov. 2007
This review is from: Millenium Collection (Audio CD)
Haven't actually bought this album, but it seems to contain the two live albums Mother of Pearl and Live in Chicago. The track listing of this double album is identical to the listings of the two live albums mentioned.

Mother of Pearl is a recording from the 70s, with Laurie Wisefield on guitar along with original band members Andy Powell, Martin Turner and Steve Upton.

Live In Chicago is a stunning recording, from the early 90s, featuring Andy Powell and Ted Turner on guitar, containing some of the classic Argus tracks, the superb Living Proof and a number of tracks from the three albums which were recorded following the band's reunion in the late 80s/early 90s.

If this collection contains the two live albums mentioned, then you are in for a treat if you buy this.

Wishbone Ash continue to produce some excellent albums....and they still tour: check them out if you get the chance, and witness a little bit of classic rock history.


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