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Baldwin 4751.030.CD Classic Square Beveled Edge Single Toggle Switch Plate, Polished Brass - Lacquered
Baldwin 4751.030.CD Classic Square Beveled Edge Single Toggle Switch Plate, Polished Brass - Lacquered
Price: $4.99
11 used & new from $2.82

5.0 out of 5 stars An Easy Way to Spruce Up the Looks of Any Room that Needs a Brass Face Plate, August 4, 2015
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This is a beautiful, all brass face plate with a super high luster. For the price, it can't be beat for replacing an older brass faceplate that will no longer clean up. I have to say it has really spruced up my work office. For five dollars I actually have a face plate that is pleasant to look at. It's difficult to predict how long the high luster will last, but it appears to be made with very good quality, and it is packed beautifully in a shrink wrapped plastic. I think that, with a little care, it should hold it's great looks for a long time. Five stars.


45 in 1 Professional Portable Opening Tool Compact Screwdriver Kit Set with Tweezers & Extension Shaft for Precise Repair or Maintenance Jk6089-A
45 in 1 Professional Portable Opening Tool Compact Screwdriver Kit Set with Tweezers & Extension Shaft for Precise Repair or Maintenance Jk6089-A
Offered by Arongma
Price: $9.40
28 used & new from $4.90

5.0 out of 5 stars Well Implemented Small Parts Tool Repair Kit in Its Own Self-Contained Storage Box, August 4, 2015
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This is a great kit to have if you work on computers, small electronics items, etc. It's a decent quality set of parts, butt they are not made to the level of professional tools which cost hundreds of dollars. But for your part-time and informal repair work around the house, it works really well. One of the things I like most about the kit is that all the parts come in their own holder, mounted in a single plastic, clasping box. When you open thee box and pivot the clear top forward, the pieces simultaneously lever out, making them accessible This makes it very handy, not only to work with, but also to put away in another storage area without parts flying all over the place. For the price, it is one of the best small tool sets I've used. An easy five star recommendation, and it's just what I've been looking for for a long time.


Tripp Lite Cat5e 350MHz Snagless Molded Patch Cable (RJ45 M/M) - Black, 10-ft.(N001-010-BK)
Tripp Lite Cat5e 350MHz Snagless Molded Patch Cable (RJ45 M/M) - Black, 10-ft.(N001-010-BK)
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43 used & new from $2.13

5.0 out of 5 stars High Quality, Reasably Priced cat5 Cables to Fit Most Any Need, and Made by a Very Well Known Company, Too, August 2, 2015
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This is a very high quality cat5 network cable which you can get in any number of sizes. The cable quality itself appears excellent, with a good finish and just the right amount of flexibility, and the plugs themselves also look of quality construction. Sure, you could buy a reel of cat5 cable and finish the ends off yourself (I've done it many times before, believe me), but with these great prices, high quality, and length options for anything except dropping cable across an entire house, these really are a great solution. I highly recommend them, and probably will purchase a few more for various uses. Five Stars.


Baldwin 4752.030.CD Classic Square Beveled Edge Duplex Switch Plate, Polished Brass - Lacquered
Baldwin 4752.030.CD Classic Square Beveled Edge Duplex Switch Plate, Polished Brass - Lacquered
Price: $7.84
13 used & new from $3.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Looking to Spruce Up Your Room with Brass Electrical Socket Plates? Look No Further!, August 2, 2015
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This is a very attractive, reasonably priced socket cover where you need a brass finish, such as in some office environments, or in some home settings where metal is a predominant stylistic factor. The plate comes securely packaged in clear, shrink-wrapped plastic with an enclosed screw. The plate fits on just as simply as it's plastic variant: no surprises here. It i\has a high quality, shiny luster than leans more towards a gold finish than brass, but it fits the bill nicely as a brass adornment. I used mine to replace an aging brass cover plate in my work office that was so old it would not respond to brass cleaning solutions (I believe that plate was nearly 40 years old), and it's look is really a nice touch. It looks great and the price is more than reasonable, so this is certainly a five star item.


Metal New Metal Polish - Safely Remove Years of Tarnish and Oxidation From Sterling Silver, Gold or Silver Jewelry, Uncoated Aluminum, Brass, Copper, & Stainless Steel - Quickly Restore the Original Brilliant Shine - Ammonia Free - Made in USA (4 Ounce)
Metal New Metal Polish - Safely Remove Years of Tarnish and Oxidation From Sterling Silver, Gold or Silver Jewelry, Uncoated Aluminum, Brass, Copper, & Stainless Steel - Quickly Restore the Original Brilliant Shine - Ammonia Free - Made in USA (4 Ounce)

5.0 out of 5 stars Removes Even Decades of Oxidation Off a Wide Range of Metals, Including Brass, July 30, 2015
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This stuff is amazing. If you have a brass or other metal with the inevitable dullness that comes through oxidation, this polish will take it right off. I used it on a door handle on my work office that is at least 40 years old, and on my first pass (I wasn't even trying that hard to first try it out), it almost looks like I have a new door handle! A second pass with a little more effort and time should yield even better results, but if you could see the difference, I think you, like I, would be amazed. The polish develops a black film as part of the oxidation removal process, and as you are working on it, you're thinking: "Oh, I've just made this much worse!" And then, when you wipe it off with a clean cloth, the original metal finish comes through. I truly was shocked at how good the results were for that first quick pass.

What I'll do with a second pass (here's a little trick) is to use it with an old electronic toothbrush, like the Philips Sonicare, that has a high frequency vibration, and will allow me to work the polish into the cracks and crevices much more thoroughly, and then wipe off again. I'll try to post some before and after photos later when this is all accomplished, but I have to say that I am totally amazed at the results I have already seen on these 40 year old brass door handles. Five Stars!

Another tip:
Purchase a box of disposable rubber gloves, and you can work with this polish to you heart's content without getting all the black goo on your hands and under your fingernails. It doesn't have to be an expensive pair, just one of those pairs that comes in a box of 100 or so. I keep these in the house for cleaning, and this is a great use for them.


Chopin: Solo Piano Works
Chopin: Solo Piano Works
Offered by Fulfillment Express US
Price: $45.22
43 used & new from $28.92

5.0 out of 5 stars Hauntingly Beautiful – Memorizing – Sublime in Every Sense of the Word, July 28, 2015
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Vladimir Ashkenazy, of course, has been for years recognized as one of the world’s greatest pianists, so there is perhaps little I can say about him that has not been endlessly cycled through these reviews and posts. What I CAN say is that this comprehensive set of Chopin’s piano works is one of the most engaging, hauntingly beautiful series I’ve ever heard. Forget all the arguments over whose Chopin recording cycles is the “best:” I can’t answer that question, and I here take nothing away from some of my other favorite pianists. I have enjoyed some of these Chopin sets, and have found them, too, to be delightful. But Ashkenazy’s performances here are simply sublime in a way that is difficult to fully capture in words. They are stunning, often hypnotic, and allow you to enjoy Chopin at a level that is almost indescribable. Could the world have done without another Chopin recording cycle? Of course. But it would have been poorer for it.

The technical recording, too, is “spot on,” and you find yourself dissolving into rich hues of musical notes without noticing that you are listening to a recording, a rare thing indeed. This set bears up to repeated playings; no, rather, BEGS you to replay again. The sonics are just right, and although these are to some extent “archival” recordings by todays standards set in full 24-bit/96kHz glory, often to wonderful effect (the work done by Linn Records, for example, immediately comes to mind), but this doesn’t matter. The noise floor is almost unnoticeable, the sound full and rich, and with almost no upper range hiss at all, just a flood of piano sounds that convey what Chopin wanted.

Jeremy Siepmann, the world renowned expert pianist and musical expert, called the piano “a box of tricks” in his wonderful set on Chopin. There are a number of players that will meet the highest standards of what Chopin could have ever wished, and Ashkenzay is one of them. I cannot recommend this set any more highly than I can, and I would say without exaggeration that the set would still be worth it at three times its current price. I feel strange even making such a judgment, because, as I sit here writing, listening to Ashkenazy, I am entranced in a way that correlates in no way to money. This is without doubt one of the best piano collections ever put together, and I doubt there would be too many that would disagree.


Swatch Men's YCM4007AG Irony Analog Display Swiss Quartz Two Tone Watch
Swatch Men's YCM4007AG Irony Analog Display Swiss Quartz Two Tone Watch
Price: $126.99
9 used & new from $125.72

5.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous Dress Swatch for Men, July 28, 2015
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Like many Swatches, this one looks even better in real life than it does in photos. It's a mid-sized aluminum chronograph that, also like the other Swatches in this line, is surprisingly light. But light doesn't mean cheap or cheap looking. This is a very well color-coordinated chronograph that would look especially good for office work, but could also be worn with casual (but I still think it is more work-ish in style). Although there is a mixture of brown and iron alloy, the watch presents with an overall brown appearance. And because the hands on this particular Swatch are white (and are against a dark face), reading it is a snap (unlike some other Swatches, where the hands blend in with the face background).

It's a high quality watch, as nearly every Swatch I've even purchased has been. (Swatch is the world's largest watch manufacturer, dwarfing other brands in the worldwide number of sales). Battery replacement, as it is in all Swatches, is a snap, and does not require a trip (and the extra cost) of going to someone to replace the battery: you simply use a screwdriver to spin open the rear battery plate, put the new battery in, and spin the cover back into place. This is one of the great things about all Swatches. But the quality is there, too, still being made in Switzerland, and with quality levels unchanged (actually, probably improving somewhat) for 30 years. This one is a bit pricey by Swatch standards, but you should be able to get it on sale, and even if you pay full price, it's fair for this watch. I easily give it a five star rating.


Honeywell True HEPA Allergen Remover, 310 Sq Ft, HPA200
Honeywell True HEPA Allergen Remover, 310 Sq Ft, HPA200
Price: $160.09
12 used & new from $132.07

5.0 out of 5 stars Very Nice Air Filter that Does Well What It's Supposed to Do!, July 27, 2015
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This is a good quality HEPA filter that runs generally quietly while moving enough air to treat a large sized room. There are multiple options for speed, filtering type, lighting of the buttons (very nice if you run the thing at night in your bedroom), and it's not a bad looking device, either. Both the HEPA and the pre-filters are independently changeable, and easy to get to through a front door. The door sometimes doesn't want to clip in as tightly as you might want, and so you have to play around with it.

But the most important thing is the filtering itself, and this unit does it really well. Moreover, I've purchased filter units that just REAKED of plastic off-gassing that seemed never to go away (and you worry that those fumes might be worse for you than normal dust). This unit does not have that problem at all, I was relieved to find. It's quiet enough on the middle setting as to not be disturbing to any great extent during sleep, and if you want, you can turn the speed down to low, where the unit becomes barely audible. You can also get it in either black or white.

It's certainly one of the best air filters I've ever used, and so I would rate this as a five star device.


Swatch Men's Watches SUYB120 - WW
Swatch Men's Watches SUYB120 - WW
Offered by Advance Buy
Price: $99.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Another New, Gorgeous Swatch from the "Skin" Line, July 25, 2015
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This is another one of these gorgeous and somewhat unusual watches that Swatch puts out. It is part of their "skin" line (meaning that the body of the watch is much thinner than typical watches), but it is not the ultra-this "Skin" watches (which are 3mm thick; this one is 7mm thick). No matter. It is gorgeous, very easy to read because of the gold tone hands against a black face, and is finished off with a leather band that is whip stitched with white stitching. Because it is part of the "Skin" line, it if very comfortable to wear, but the glossy black face, black leather band, and the brown/gold hands and accents make it very masculine in appearance. The watch also has a chronometer (this is the purpose of two of the three inset round displays; the third is a constant second counter), but no date. It's more gorgeous in person than it is in the photos. I'm glad Swatch continues to enter new models in the "Skin" line, because this is one of the most unique features among watch brands. During 2014 and now 2015 Swatch seems to be putting out quite a number of them, many of them just beautiful, but this one is one of my favorites. Five Stars.


SONY Stereo Headphones MDR-EX310SL BLACK | Closed Dynamic Inner Ear Receiver (Japan Import)
SONY Stereo Headphones MDR-EX310SL BLACK | Closed Dynamic Inner Ear Receiver (Japan Import)
Offered by style from Japan
Price: $85.62
49 used & new from $78.45

5.0 out of 5 stars An Older, Mid-Range-Priced Headphone with Superior Sound Quality, July 23, 2015
Sony really hit a home run on these headphones. If you are looking for a set of solid sounding headphones, but don't want to shell out the high cost of any of the wide variety of high performance headphones out there, these EX310LP's should really be on your short list. In spite of the fact that these were first released around 2010-2011 (and seem to generally now only be available through companies which ship directly from Japan), they are worthy of consideration, particularly when one considers that these are excellent performing headphones at a very reasonable price.

The somewhat unusually shaped buds sit comfortably and securely in the ear, and the headphones are supplied with a detachable "extension" cable and a soft carrying pouch with cinch. It must be noted that the shape of the earpieces themselves, strange as they may first appear, really do indeed perform some "magic" in keeping the buds seated, and seated correctly, in the ear.

I think that what is really at play here is that Sony has moved the technology forward once again with this design, if only, perhaps, incrementally, but then not proceeded to overcharge for the change (as has often been the case with Sony equipment). There is a more expensive format of the same style (the Sony MDREX510LP In-Ear Headphones) which may offer you SOME incremental sound improvement, but to be perfectly honest, after many months of using both models, I'm not sure that I can say that the double the price you pay for the 510LP's results in twice the sound quality. These 310's sound great, are comfortable, and don't hurt the wallet too much. I frequently use the 310's instead of the 510's.

Remember that, with any bud-style headphone, that proper fit in the ear canal is essential if you are to experience the full range of sound produced. If the ear bud is not properly placed in the canal, bass levels precipitously drop, and it may sound like the headphones are producing very inferior sound. On these, when properly inserted, the sound is amazingly rich, full in bass, and with a wide, easy range that goes all the way to the top. Make sure you look at the different sized supplied ear bud pieces to use a size that is right for your ear canal. You may have to take a few tries to find out which one fits best. You can also experiment, too, with the noise-reducing buds that are also supplied with this product. Cool.

There is a burn-in period for these (some question whether such a construct applies to bud style headphones), but mine sounded lovely right out of the box, and I'm listening to them as I write this review. Sound is rich, full, and sonorous, with great separation and stage. They are extremely comfortable, and they do not feel like they are about to fall out of my ears every moment. So, I'm happy with Sony, not only for this technology improvement, but also the fact that they've kept the price reasonable. Try them out and see if you agree. Five stars.

Note (July, 2015):
The price on these vary greatly, based primarily on color. Most now are available only through the Japanese resellers on Amazon (i.e., shipped directly from Japan), but occasionally you will find them show up through Amazon themselves, but usually at a higher price. So, you just have to keep looking and comparing prices by color, by seller, and so on. I believe they are still being manufactured in Japan, but just not generally for the US domestic retail market.


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