Able Planet True Fidelity

Musician’s Friend is my baseline for what a good musical instruments and gear store should be.  They have a great selection of gear at a wide range of price points, they’re extremely knowledgeable about the equipment they carry (and some stuff they don’t), and they’ll help you find the right gear for your needs at the right price point (although they won’t be shy about tempting you with stuff that’s just a little out of your range!).  They have been very helpful to me in the past, but extra props to them when spent HOURS advising me and helping me audition amps when I was ready for an upgrade.  They also have a great selection of used gear. The result is that I’ve been extremely happy with my last purchase which is the able planet true fidelity  NC350BC headphone. 

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These headphones hush ambient sounds by creating frequencies that obviate the noise at your ear. I tested  it on the plane, and also with A/C unit running in the hotel room, the NC350BC  headphones are noticeably more effective at noise cancellation than my past headphones. It’s almost eerie, as the background noise just seems to click off when the headphones are turned on.

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Joy Jewelers platinum wedding band

Absolutely amazing service and quality! My cousin bought his engagement ring here. He spent weeks shopping online and going to other stores in the area. My cousin was meticulous and had 20 different shops with individual notes, prices, pics, and comments that he made while searching. Joy Jewelers was intensely patient and informative. Not only did my cousin’s fiancée say yes, but she absolutely loves her ring.  She has gotten so many compliments on it, including ones from friends telling her how much shinier and prettier her ring is compared to others that they have seen.

I also helped my cousin look high and low for a place to custom make a special design for his wedding ring. We came in with photos and spoke about the exact type of band we are looking for. Amazingly we found what we were looking for and ordered from an online store. My cousin couldn’t be happier with the Joy Jewelers platinum wedding band! The final product was BEYOND what we expected. The photos does zero justice for this ring. The price he quoted was better and reasonable compared to the other places I checked out.

For those looking to buy an engagement ring and wedding band you already know that it’s the most important decision and purchase that you will make.  Make things easier on yourself and make the decision to go see Joy Jewelers.  They will maximize your budget and sell you a stone that your fiancée will absolutely love.

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Discount Supplements

The internet is loaded with deals on supplements, I prefer buying discount supplements – supplementedge.com  As usual, I found their customer service well beyond what would be expected from representatives of any store; honest, helpful, and knowledgeable. Ready to assist you in whatever fitness goes you are striving for. I am SO glad I found out about them randomly a few months ago. Amazing prices and selection, the staff (well, I’ve mostly interacted with the same person in my many trips here) are super friendly! If you’re into fitness or just need supplements/advice about supplements of any kind, do yourself a favor and come here.

They are everything a supplement store should be.  They have ALWAYS been honest with me about what’s good and whats garbage and they’ve never been wrong once.  They know their stuff which is more than I can say for so many other stores who tell their employees to push their stores brand regardless of the quality of it.  Supplement Edge has never pressured me to buy anything.  I can’t stand it when I walk into an establishment and before I have a chance to take a breath or think about why I came some under-qualified,over caffinated ‘team-player’ is in my face with “can I help you with something buddy?” and all I want to say is “yes, you can start by getting yourself a tic-tac and leaving me alone.  I could go on and on about their integrity and knowledge but I’ll stop here.

Supplement Edge

Supplement Edge

Supplement Edge

 

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Taylor GS Mini Mahogany

I love mine and have had no issues playing different styles of music on it. Great tone, great volume. If I could only spend $500 on one guitar it would be up there on my list. Though you can find them for $400 now with rebates and sales.

When I first started reading reviews and looking around at these I thought of the taylor gs mini mahogany as another toy guitar; like a Taylor Baby, which I once had and did not love. I was wrong. This is truly a great guitar that sounds like a full size guitar.

Go out and play a Mini. Only your ears, hands and eyes can determine if it’s for you. I really love mine. Granted, I have a Martin 00-15M on its way which might put some healthy competition up against the Mini. But I can’t see parting with the Mini. It’s great for travel, easy to pass to the kids to play without worrying too much and again, I think it is a great overall guitar. I don’t have the es-go for it yet, but plan to get it just for the heck of it.

Taylor GS Mini Mahogany

Taylor GS Mini Mahogany

 

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Cozy Winters

Got my first jacket here finally, despite stopping in at least a dozen times over the past few years. There’s some great options at Cozy Winters, from casual sports wear you’d like for the city to some serious gear made for extreme weather sports.

This store has some pricey items but their fleeces are reasonable. I would purchase one of those. My brother love their products. He purchased from them his backpacks, sweaters, jackets etc etc.  I ordered a jacket for  my sister a few weeks ago (came out to $400). Very fine quality and durable garments. I called the store with a question about one of their jackets. The customer representative that answered the phone was extremely helpful. I only had one question, but he answered so many more than I actually had, which was great! It’s always a happy surprise to get customer service that is so above and beyond. I will definitely be ordering a jacket from them soon!

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Seagull Entourage Rustic


I do NOT consider it a “dubious generalization” to associate “clean, hard strumming” with guitars other than the seagull entourage rustic and the S6 cedar topped Seagull.

I think Seagulls are very nice guitars indeed, but I find attempts to tell folks how great they are for heavy strumming in the ballpark of denial.

There is variance with the S6, some start out brighter. But with a top that sells a kind of broken in sound from the gate? 6 months to a year later of heavy strumming as your primary style? Not talking fast stuff here with a thin pick? Feel free to enjoy the increasing lack of definition. That’s also IMO not a dubious generalization.Seagull Entourage Rustic BlackSeagull Entourage Rustic BlackSeagull Entourage Rustic Black

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Online Guitar Tuner Mic

Works great. Many thanks. I use Chrome (pc) no problems at all. The online guitar tuner mic seems to do a good job with an acoustic guitar, very stable signal.  At first it was giving me false notes but after turning my built-in mic volume quite high and holding the guitar up in the air within 6 ” of the mic, it worked fine. Then I put on a snark tuner and did a comparison. It did just as well as the snark.

Online Guitar Tuner Mic

Online Guitar Tuner Mic

Online Guitar Tuner Mic

Online Guitar Tuner Mic

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Ovis

My friend is an interior designer, and when selecting kitchen cabinets for a new client, her first stop is always Ovis.

They carry a wide range of cabinet organizers, cabinet hardwares and woodworking supplies, which is the main reason my friend go back time and again to Ovis. My friend knows that she will get accurate, detailed quotes from ovis every time, and that they will take the time to review the project and make recommendations for improving the functionality or design of the final product.

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My friend and her clients have been extremely happy with the quality of their cabinet organizers, cabinet hardwares and woodworking supplies and service, and they are one of the few vendors the my friend will recommend without hesitation. Best source for cabinet hardwares, cabinet organizers, and woodworking supplies!

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Musician’s Gear

This is the place to buy music gear!  I came in just to browse their selection and logged out with a gorgeous Musician’s Gear Violin/Mandolin Combo Case.  What I love most with my experience there was the service.  They were super patient and informative.  I  don’t know much about the various brands, and they helped and educate me which types of combo case are for what type.  My sister is a singer and she enjoys classical music too, so he suggested the Stentor brand.  I always thought Kinglos but quickly realized after watching my daughter’s friend play it is better.

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For all of you who are looking for a music gear, whether you are a musician or just someone who wants a nice musical instrument for decorative purposes, check out Musician’s Friend. Friendly staff and great prices.

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Spas in Phoenix

The Skin and Makeup Institute have the best day spas. It is a glamour spa getaway,  located in Phoenix AZ,  the decor is very relaxing,  the space is tranquil and spacious!  I arrived an hour early ( the steam room, sauna, jacuzzi and pampering stations are stocked with hair, skin care and shaving supplies) all included!  I’m a fan!

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They have the best spas in Phoenix. Men and women have their own spaces! The only communal area is the waiting room area for services!  The retail area is packed with all the skin care and beautification products one could wish for!   The retail floor is fully stocked and beautifully displayed!

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I was given a guided tour of the spa,  by the Men’s room attendant, a well spoken and charismatic gentleman!   I slipped into a plush white robe (available for purchase!). and slip proof slippers and I headed to the steam room and sauna,  then soaked a bit in the jacuzzi.  That hour slipped away,  It’s heavenly!  I felt like I floated to the waiting room area,  I was so relaxed!  Fresh fruits, lemonade, infused waters and other libations are offered!  I sat down and relaxed with a delicious jasmine and vanilla tea!   I hope Skin and Makeup Institute considers selling their signature teas.  The fireplace and oversized comfy sofas made me feel quite distant from the daily stressors of travel and city living!

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I booked my facial and under eye treatment.  I was greeted by name and instantly felt welcomed by a modern coiffed blonde with the most beautiful alabaster skin!   I was whisked away to a private and comfy room, Their professional knowledge and warm personality made my facial and extractions and under eye treatment with rejuvenating serums an exceptional experience!  Their knowledge of dermatology is quite amazing!  Their recommendations for skin care and the best new products and ingredients for my combination skin made me feel special! They impressed me!  Skin and Makeup Institute spoiled me!  I’m still glowing! Thank you Skin and Makeup Institute!

I also took my Mom and sister here for their Mother’s Day treat. It was their first experiencing Skin and Makeup Institute. My mother and sister said that their experience was a pleasant one.

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We checked in at the receptionist when we arrived and there was a line. After a few minutes we were helped with excellent customer service. They were extremely helpful and knowledgeable about the types of services they offered.

Location is beautiful, they have fruits, water, lemonade, towels, blow dryer, hair brush, hair spray and anything you need for pampering.

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The people I worked with were great, friendly and knowledgeable.  The receptionist will check you in and provide you a key to your locker. In the locker room you will find a robe and slippers. If you arrive early you can then loiter around the jacuzzi, sauna or waiting area. You will then wait in the waiting area five minutes before your massage. Your therapist will then pick you up. I noticed they do not always pick you up on time for your appointment. Say your appointment is at 4pm I didn’t get picked up until 4:05pm and my sister and mom had to wait about five to ten minutes as well for their therapist.

My therapist was great, the massage was very relaxing with strong pressure (which was great for my nots). During your massage your robe and slippers are kept in a closet and is kept heated. After your massage your robe and slippers are nice and warm.

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My brother said he wish he can just live there! He said it is an amazingly relaxing spa with all the amenities that everybody ever needs for a truly relaxing experience. He spent 5 hours here all by himself and it was the best “me time” I’ve ever had.
My brother used the gift certificate I’ve given him for his birthday and he took a day off work, booked a massage and a facial for a Wednesday. He said it was awesome because there was barely anyone there on a random weekday. He had so much privacy and enjoyed most of the amenities all to himself!

He booked a Pure Relaxation Massage with an add-on of the Spa-Style Facial with an add-on of Vitamin C peel and Skin Brightener treatment. He got the massage first because the therapist don’t want to open up his pores again after his facial. I also informed him to come at least 1 to two hours before his massage so he can fully enjoy their amenities such as the hot tub, steam room, sauna, cool mist room or quiet room. It’s also a great way to warm up the muscles and loosen them up before your masseuse works out the kinks in you. He really took advantage of it because it is so quiet on a Wednesday. He tried all the amenities. He said that the entire facility was clean and plenty of staff around to refill water, towels, fruit and clean up.

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He said his massage was amazing. He also said the he wish he bought the 80 minute massage because 50 minutes go by really quickly! His facial was also very soothing and enjoyable. It left his skin feeling fresh, dewy, smooth and there was a noticeable difference in his skin tone as some of my sun spots lightly faded. He was pleased with my results! And he said everything smelled sooo good and added to the aromatic experience during both his treatments. After his facial, he said his skin care technician advised him to wait at least 30 minutes to let the products absorb so he went into the quiet room for a nap!

In conclusion he ended up signing up for a membership here.

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