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A Heavenly Metronome For Musical Precision?
Review of Cherub WSM-330 Classic Mechanical Metronome by Nar2

Advantages: Cheap and cheerful, comes with a snap on front cover, glossy, doesn't require much effort.
Disadvantages: Can be pricey due to greedy sellers, a few downsides due to plastic construction.

In my travels as a teacher I donít tend to review a lot of the resources online that I have purchased other than products that could be of help to a wider audience. When it comes to music performance, there are only a few reliable gadgets and devices I ... Read review

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vh :o) by euphie
Superb x by angelboouk123
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09.08.2014 07:16
Rico Reeds for Clarinet- For the beginner
Review of Rico Clarinet Reeds by jessrox2

Advantages: Good for beginners
Disadvantages: Not beneficial to more advanced players

I am a clarinet player in a local youth marching band and these are the reeds that I started out on. I am now upto Grade 8 level and realised a few years ago that my tone had reached the highest level it was going to reach with these reeds. For a begi ... Read review

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05.08.2011 09:35
Farting Fanfare
Review of Vuvuzela by MALU

Advantages: some love it
Disadvantages: some hate it

When the French football team had returned home from the Football World Championship in South Africa, the newspaper Le Monde conducted a poll on who was responsible for the disgraceful defeat - they hadnít even reached the eighth final -, the result was: ... Read review

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I hate them but I love your title; didn't half make me chuckle! by hayleigh_18
I'm just laughing to myself that Ciao have put them under Classical Instrument by paulpry118

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03.07.2010 19:15
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Make it stop! Make it stop!
Review of Vuvuzela by Burning_Darkness

Advantages: quite fun, loud, nice appearance
Disadvantages: cheaply made, can break quite easily, far too expensive

...absolutely no idea what a Vuvuzela was (it sounds like a creepy 50s B movie female supervillain who might star alongside Vampira) but now, still locked as we are in world cup fever, it seems impossible ... Read review

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Make it stop indeed! Well reviewed x by MEL0611
Nice review.....these are just a ghastly noise in my view!!!! by brittle1906

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02.07.2010 00:12
Blow me down.
Review of Vuvuzela by dynamicnurse

Advantages: See text.
Disadvantages: See text.

I would just like to write a review on the Vuvuzela, which is a wonderful yet slightly annoying supposed musical instrument that is currently being used by many a football fan who are in the throes of suporting their team in that little known football to ... Read review

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Quite a few English teams have banned them from their grounds. I can understand why as the noise can be annoying, although after watching the World Cup I started getting used to it. by Dentolux
gr8 review xxx by newby2

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26.06.2010 11:20
Vuvuzela: the thrills and the tricks
Review of Vuvuzela by donnaheff

Advantages: just perfect for the world cup
Disadvantages: it is too loud

The vuvuzela I heard is a part of the south african culture. It is a plastic horn like or trumpetlike device that when blown produces a lot of noise that researchers have put at about 120 decibels. History though has it that the origins of this instrume ... Read review

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I think that anything that makes players lose concentration should be used with caution . . . the drum playing during the cricket matches made it hard to hear commentary easily despite the noise-proofing; I think the buzzing might well be similar . . . I wonder did Germany practice buzzing as well as the funny new ball in advance? . . . ♥ jesi ♥ by jesi
In principle I like them, but the noise can get irritating during games. by torr

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25.06.2010 16:45
Review of the kelly 7c Trumpet mouthpiece.
Review of Kelly TP7CCC Clear Trumpet 7C Mouthpiece by thetrumpettooter

Advantages: Great value for money. Great short term, or for testing around for a new size.
Disadvantages: Slight tone difference and seems to get stuck in the leadpipe easier. Dont look very proffessiona

In my opinion the whole kelly plastic mouthpieces are value for money. They are built to the exact shape as the metalic mouthpieces of the same type and if blindfolded, it is hard to tell the difference. Many frown upon people that use plastic mouthpieces ... Read review

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PS: Welcome to Ciao! by pgn0
If it eases the need to make all those duck-sounds through it to warm it, and your lips, up, then it's good; if it means you see the "gross lip vibrations" perhaps it's not so good... A little more context for your review would get you a higher rating or three. by pgn0
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01.06.2010 22:44
Push it up and give it a wiggle!
Review of Thomann Recorder Cleaning Rod by Cutecandy

Advantages: Quality effective cleaner, fluffly but not depositing, comes in all sizes, attractive
Disadvantages: Too big for a standard case

...considering the purchase of a Thomann rod then hopefully there is. If not I don't want to know why you are looking to purchase one - I shall be very self controlled in this review and make no refere ... Read review

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I remember having a similar one years ago when I was at school! by KarenUK
I used to have one of these! and yes I DID use it for cleaning my recorder. J x by Amazin-love
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09.03.2010 00:06
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Cheap Reeds For Clarinet, But Poor Quality
Review of Rico Clarinet Reeds by jan007

Advantages: cheap
Disadvantages: low quality, split easily

Rico clarinet reeds were the first ones I was introduced to when I started to play clarinet. These a re natural reeds and tend to vary in quality. I started with a very soft one (they range form 1 to 5) and progressed through to a three. I have never got ... Read review

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interesting read,, by shaaza
Interesting and well reviewed! by morticiaaddams

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07.06.2009 21:32
Calling all Wind instrument players.
Review of Yamaha Powder Paper by paulhanton

Advantages: Cheap maintenance for your pads.
Disadvantages: None.

Yamaha Powder Pads What the chuff are these Paul? I hear you ask. Well, quite simply they are small sheets of paper that have a very slight dusting of powder (like talcum) on one side. Like a pad saver (brush), a crook cleaner and a mouthpiece guard ... Read review

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Thanks for the info! by marymoose99
Can't wait to see the packing. by brereton66
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18.07.2008 14:54
Vandoren for Optimum Tone Quality
Review of Van Doren Clarinet Reeds by tomt89

Advantages: Exceptional tone quality.
Disadvantages: Can be hard to blow initially.

I have been using Vandoren reeds for the past seven years, since I changed clarinet teachers. My first teacher had started me on Rico reeds, and having no experience of clarinet playing did not know that better reeds were available. Since using Vandor ... Read review

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A good review. Jules x by bluejules

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21.05.2007 00:01
(20.05.2007 23:59)
Arundo Donax
Review of Rico Clarinet Reeds by Tricksty

Advantages: Cheap
Disadvantages: Don't produce the Best tone in the World

I began playing the clarinet when I was 11 years old, after several months of pestering my mum and dad. Although I wasn't particularly good when I started, I loved the look and feel of the instrument and I persevered, and I finally ended up as a music stu ... Read review

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Exceptional review, not something I would use though by Expired-Account
I've never really touched on the woodwind section, so found this really interesting, although you get similar tone issues with the strings on the violins and you don't get a really decent sound until you're on a full size instrument. Mind you - I'm seriously crap at the violin way better on the piano M xx by Digbycat

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14.09.2005 09:34
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Yamaha 4C Clarinet Mouthpiece
Review of Yamaha 4C Clarinet Mouthpiece by gsdlover

Advantages: Very smooth sound
Disadvantages: None

After losing my previous mouthpiece in an accident, i can only comment well on the smooth sound i get with this mouthpiece. It has been very useful for getting to the high notes and allows a wide range of expressions i was not able to play before, this ma ... Read review

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i cant really comment as to what else you could have included in this?!! by NURSE_BETTY
Good review but im not happy with Yamaha mouthpieces either for clarinet or saxophone - the lay isnt particularly well made and the sound and air sometimes gets far too restricted. If you have tired cheeks, then get Rizla cigarette papers. Take 2 papers and wet one side, fold in half and half again and half once more.. you should end up with a square. After this, wet both sides and bend one half over your bottom layer teeth. Youll find that this provides a more comfortable embouchere and you wont tire as much. Only use cigarette papers as these are the softest you can use in your mouth - toilet paper can cause marks and cut the gums. Nar by Nar
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25.10.2004 00:38
misunderstood
Review of Rico Clarinet Reeds by bolte

Advantages: extremely playable and very cheap
Disadvantages: horribly underrated

all the quality (ok, most of the quality) of van doren's and only half as expensive. they may not be the best reed out there, but they're still a very good quality product. Plus, while they're playability and durability are high, the price is low. you ... Read review

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Normal Rico reeds are normally those which aren't good enough to be sold as rico royal or rico select etc, so i find them poor quality - they're alright for beginners, but for clarinettists of a good standard wanting a good tone, you need a better reed - i use vandorens by poooookie
good review, katie xxx by areliuga

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29.01.2004 03:50
Put it in your mouth and blow, not suck...
Review of Van Doren Clarinet Mouthpieces by CareBear

Advantages: Good quality and reliable brand
Disadvantages: Can be more pricey

Play around with it in your hands. Is it a good weight? Is it symetrical with a good curvature? Give it a good blow. Put it right in your mouth. Does it feel good? As your lips curl around do you contact in the right places? Now for the cap. ... Read review

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When I first got my clarinets, I first bought a B45 to go with them, because i liked this best at the time, but now i use a selmer C85 120 - i find it has a nicer tone - i found the B45 slightly harsh on my clarinets. Just wanted 2 say, selmer clarinets rule, as do selmer saxes!! (comin from sum1 hu plays selmer A+Bb clarinets, selmer alto + tenor saxes!) Sorry, but i also really dislike Buffet clarinets, dont no y - they jus dont seem 2 work 4 me! by poooookie
I have a pair of Buffet R13's! by MissTopaz
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16.08.2001 16:28
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