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Tascam US-122L doesn't quite cut it anymore.
Review of Tascam US-122 L by phillisisthis

Advantages: Intuitive, solid
Disadvantages: Inappropriate for apple os lion and later users

...I use a macintosh and tascam has ma ... Read review

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02.04.2013 15:46
The Jimi Hendrix of violins.....
Review of Yamaha SV-200 Electric Violin by spiritwood

Advantages: Incredible sound and versatility, silent playing or amplified.
Disadvantages: Costly but excellent quality.

...of these electric violins from Yamaha and it is so lovely that I am tempted to buy one for myself. I have always preferred acoustic violins and violas and have occasionally attached a band pick-up onto one of mine to pl ... Read review

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Excellent review and I like the Hendrix comparison in your title. by CelticSoulSister
My daughter has an 'other' electric violin (as well as her conventional one) I think she would have got on better with this Yamaha, from the way you've described it so well. by Viborg
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02.04.2013 09:22
Going Greek....
Review of Gewa Greek Bouzouki by spiritwood

Advantages: Beautiful to look at, gorgeous rich tone, easy to play.
Disadvantages: None

If you are looking for something a bit different to the guitar or uke then a Bouzouki could be for you. These beautiful fretted stringed instruments sound less jangly and tinny than a mando and are easier to play due to their size. They are also stunning ... Read review

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I am so tempted by one of these! by JOHNV
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02.04.2013 09:17
Boss TU80 Chromatic Tuner and Metronome
Review of Boss TU80 Chromatic Tuner and Metronome by xekign

Advantages: Affordable price, Accru-Pitch function, memory function, choice to plug into amp,
Disadvantages: None really

Boss TU80 Chromatic Tuner and Metronome The Boss TU80 Chromatic Tuner and Metronome was recommended by a friend of my fathers who has been playing guitar for forty years. So I was willing to give it a try. I ‘m reasonably happy with the Boss Tu80, it wo ... Read review

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31.03.2013 15:52
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You too can be Bob Dylan
Review of Stagg Basic Case for Les Paul Style Electric Guitar by spiritwood

Advantages: Retro design, strong and well made, thick fur lining
Disadvantages: None

...I generally do not like Stagg products at all. The instruments that they sell are mass produced and usually very poorly made and the only time that I have ever bought a Stagg instrument is when it has been on Ebay -sold as faul ... Read review

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31.03.2013 15:33
Nice bit of kit
Review of PreSonus TubePre by clarancecoughlin

Advantages: Cheap, intuitive.
Disadvantages: Underwhelming included preamp.

I purchased my Tube Pre around two years ago and still use it whenever recording vocals, when I started using it I couldn't really hear the difference but after using in for a period I made a recoring without it and the lack of depth and warmth was obviou ... Read review

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28.03.2013 11:54
SR-JV80 02: Good basic orchestra expansion
Review of Roland SR-JV80-02 Orchestra by PythonBlue

Advantages: Good nostalgic sounds
Disadvantages: Doesn't work well in a modern setting

Currently using this card in combination with my JV2080. This card was amazing for its time, offering an even better quality orchestra mockup than the Emu Proteus 2, but now, they may not fit well for anyone who insists on the sound of the future. Which i ... Read review

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25.03.2013 07:40
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JV2080: Great sound module from Roland
Review of Roland JV-2080 64-Voice Synthesizer Module by PythonBlue

Advantages: Great sounds, lots of expansion options
Disadvantages: Limited effect capabilities

...an interest in the old Roland JV synthesizers, and long story short, I managed to acquire a 2080. I've had my module for over a year and a half, now, and I still enjoy the sounds it has. I ... Read review

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25.03.2013 07:37
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A girl can never have too many guitars.....
Review of Guitar Rack - 5 Guitar Stand. by spiritwood

Advantages: Easy to assemble, light, sturdy and secure.
Disadvantages: None.

I started to play the guitar when I was 17 on a yamaha acoustic. I had a bohemian partner at the time who taught me Led Zeppelin chords and riffs and from there I progressed on to other music. I had grown up around music ( predominantly classical and some ... Read review

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We have something like this. And now have 6 guitars so I suppose we need another. by Marge3781
Another interesting review x by chrisandmark_is_here

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23.03.2013 23:11
A horrible violin shaped object marketed as quality
Review of Stentor Conservatoire 4/4 Size Violin Outfit by spiritwood

Advantages: Makes a great frisbee
Disadvantages: Everything. save your money.

I work on (and make) violins so have seen lots of different types and makes. Stentors on the whole make my teeth itch.... Stentor are a company that generally make starter violins. Like "Skylark" were in the 1970's, their main customers are usually fraug ... Read review

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saw Dave Swarbrick on tv last night by mumsymary
That's really disappointing :( by NotMyToothbrush

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22.03.2013 16:46
A Personal Favourite
Review of Aulos 1739Y Brown 209 Treble Recorder by HPark96

Advantages: Good sound quality, suitable for people of all abilities.
Disadvantages: May be a bit big and heavy for young children.

An instrument that is frequently overlooked and classed as being a ‘child’s instrument’ is the recorder, with few people fully appreciating the marvellous instrument that it can be if played properly and well. Also, many people are ignorant, through no fa ... Read review

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Great review. An interesting read :-) by GodfatherOfSoul
Both informative and interesting, hence the E. by kevin121
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22.03.2013 12:07
A rocking good guitar case from Rockcase
Review of Rockcase RC-10606 B Case by SoadFan

Advantages: Very durable and easy to use
Disadvantages: The tolex outer cover can scratch or tear

~Get ready to lock, rock and roll with Rockcase!~ Having spent many hours picking out a guitar that suits your needs from the wonderful variations you can buy both online and in store, the idea of picking out a suitable case in which to keep and t ... Read review

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An excellent review. by Absinthe_Fairy
Well covered x by Gingerkitty
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18.03.2013 21:20
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Wouldn't change her for the world!
Review of Fender Aerodyne Jazz Bass by SmittyV

Advantages: Fantastic tone range, looks gorgeous, smooth action, lightweight, can take a beating
Disadvantages: The bridge is a bit rubbish, picks up grease stains easily

...wanted to try a japanese Fender but I was amazed further by t ... Read review

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I've never played one of these, I am tempted though. by Bigbaz
Thank everyone! lapeole ave found this review helpful. Tis my first one hopefully I did it justice! by SmittyV
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30.01.2013 10:43
Cheap but effective
Review of Trust GetTogether Design Microphone MC-1500 by NotMyToothbrush

Advantages: Rubber feet stopped sliding. adjustable angle, amazing setup
Disadvantages: Noisy

Now I am not much of a sound guy, but I was pretty impressed with this little microphone. I bought it from Wilkinsons last year as at the time, the laptop I was using didn't have a built-in microphone. As soon as I plugged it in, Windows recognised it a ... Read review

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14.01.2013 15:48
Rise of the Maschines
Review of Native Instruments Maschine by 7daycashsystem

Advantages: Intuitive, simple to make quick beats, good sounds, loads of potential
Disadvantages: buggy, steep learning curve, compatibility issues as a VST, dependent on software

As a computer & software based music producer, I have always had a passion and intrigue for music hardware such as drum machines and synthesisers. The Maschine from Natives Instruments was not my 1st venture into hardware equipment though as I have previ ... Read review

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08.01.2013 18:13
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