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The Real... Pérez Prado
The Real... Pérez Prado
Price: £5.79

5.0 out of 5 stars Good and varied selection of material., 10 Jun. 2015
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Great value. Some interesting music on these 3 discs for those of us who have only heard the hits previously. However, one or two are alternative versions. In particular the version of 'Cherry Pink' is a (later?) remake with lots of slightly grating higher brass, rather than the hit version we are used to hearing. Nevertheless as good selection of hit and less well know material by one of the most famous Latin bandleaders of all time


Jean-Baptiste Arban: Complete Conservatory Method For Trumpet (Dover Books on Music)
Jean-Baptiste Arban: Complete Conservatory Method For Trumpet (Dover Books on Music)
by Jean-Baptiste Arban
Edition: Paperback
Price: £24.95

5.0 out of 5 stars An indispensable book for brass players., 10 Jun. 2015
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There's no need for me to add much to all the positive review comments above. Suffice to say that 150 years on this is still the trumpet and cornet (and brass) players 'bible' in spite of the many excellent tutor and study books written since. If you are past beginner level and have just one tutor book then this should be it. One caveat though. This is basically an American edition (of 1912) and has a different editor from the (also historic) Boosey and Hawkes version, consequently the content is slightly different. Whilst, so far as I can see, the exercises are the same in both editions, this edition contains the 'art of phrasing' section containing 150 melodies arranged by Arban, plus 68 duets. From my recollection these were not included in the last B&H edition which I owned (now disposed of because it fell apart). Conversely this edition only includes 12 of the famous cornet solos found at the back of both editions. The B&H edition has 18. However, the 12 do include the best known 'Carnival of Venice' and 'Fantasie Brillante' so unless you are looking for the slightly more obscure numbers this may not matter too much. Overall you do get more for your money from this edition because of the 2 additional sections.


The Arban Collection
The Arban Collection
Price: £14.15

5.0 out of 5 stars A Stunning Achievement!, 24 May 2015
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This review is from: The Arban Collection (Audio CD)
This disc contains the 9 of the 18 solos composed by the 19th Century composer, performer and Professor of Cornet at the Paris Conservatoire, J B Arban, and collected together in the Boosey and Hawkes Edition of his noted Cornet Method. Most of these are Airs Varied, plus a few triplet polkas. Solos like these were a staple of the 19th Century bandstand. Some of these will be unfamiliar but Tyriolene Variations, Fantasie Brillante, and the Variations on Bellini's Norma (recently also recorded by Alison Balsom) are still part of the repertoire today and have been recorded many times.

Russell gray's performances are never less than stunning. He produces a tone as smooth as butter from Arban's own 140 year old Courtois cornet. His phrasing, control and tone on the Airs is a wonder to behold. On the technically challenging variations his articulation and tonguing are well nigh perfect. Above all these are supremely musical performances and will surely create renewed interest in these solos (particularly the less known ones).

I wholeheartedly recommend this disc to both those familiar with these pieces and to anyone yet to hear them. Although well known in brass circles Russell is not as well known to the public as Tine Helseth, Alison Balsom or Hakan Hardenberger, on this evidence he deserves to be.


Mens Peaked Flat Cap for Summer / Winter (58cm, Grey)
Mens Peaked Flat Cap for Summer / Winter (58cm, Grey)

4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Value., 7 April 2015
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Excellent value for money, fits well, looks good. Synthetic material and of average quality but still far better than you would expect for the price.


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 A Very Good Oil, 7 April 2015
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A very good oil, but is it better than Blue Juice? I'm not sure. The main attraction is the addition of PTFE which means that some lubrication remains even when the oil evaporates. If you oil infrequently this is a good choice. If not I think Blue Juice (which also lasts a long time) is a tad quicker, though it will eventually evaporate as it contains no polymer additive. I would not recommend infrequent oiling. Valve oil is cheap even if you use it every day. I bought mine in November, I oil virtually every day and still have a good half bottle left. Valve jobs are expensive and can ruin the horn if done inexpertly. I'm amazed to read of people needing valve rebuilds on horns after a few years. This is surely only caused by inadequate lubrication. Because a valve runs doesn't mean it's adequately lubricated. Buy a good oil and use frequently. This is a very good oil and would make an excellent choice. I think Blue Juice is slightly quicker but both are good.


Herco HE185 Spitballs Brass Instrument Cleaner
Herco HE185 Spitballs Brass Instrument Cleaner
Offered by Limestone
Price: £5.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great product! These are best used on an already ..., 27 Mar. 2015
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Great product! These are best used on an already clean horn to maintain condition. I put one through after every practice session and then take out the slides to dry them. This means that the horn stays fairly clean between baths. If the horn is already very dirty it's probably not wise to put these through without cleaning first or they might get stuck.


Popular Trumpet Concertos
Popular Trumpet Concertos

5.0 out of 5 stars Impeccably played with a wonderful tone, 26 May 2014
Maurice Murphy was for many years the Principal Trumpet in the London Symphony Orchestra. Although better known as an ensemble player he was a superb soloist with a beautiful singing tone, similar in many ways to that of Maurice Andre. I have owned this collection for a long time and the versions of the Haydn and Hummel are as fine as any out there. As a bonus you also get a version of the rarer Concerto by Arutiunian as well as a couple of baroque warhorses. All are superbly played.


The Essential Herb Alpert
The Essential Herb Alpert
Price: £5.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars First part good - second part mediocre, 24 April 2014
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The first part is most of the classic hits. The second part should have been more of the same - there are plenty of classic tijuana tracks not included.. Instead we get a recent sort of mediocre jazz album with his current wife on vocals. It's not that it's bad it's just that if it wasnt by Herb it probably wouldn't see the light of day. It's basically a vanity project. Still unless you want to buy all the albums individually this is still a decent way to get hold of the biggest hits.


US BASIC 5 PANEL BASEBALL CAP HAT - 8 COLOURS (NAVY BLUE)
US BASIC 5 PANEL BASEBALL CAP HAT - 8 COLOURS (NAVY BLUE)
Offered by eBuyGB
Price: £1.89

4.0 out of 5 stars Great value., 24 April 2014
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These are not the best baseball caps on the market. Nor are they the best looking. They are however good comfortable caps that look reasonably good. Considering the price they are absolutely fantastic value for money, and if you lose one or it gets a bit tatty then it can be easily replaced at this price.


Remington HC5750 Maverick Hair Clipper
Remington HC5750 Maverick Hair Clipper
Offered by Prime Furnishing
Price: £37.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars AVOID AVOID AVOID, 24 April 2014
Frankly Remington don't deserve to have customers. Why? Because they make a hair clipper where the combs are weak and flimsy and which fall apart in a few weeks. Can you easily get replacements? No you can't.

Remington get your act together!


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