Local Store

I’m lucky to have a few good stores within range of me. The best one I have is Guitar Center. Brilliant range of stock, some of the best staff you could be served by. They also have loads of lovely ESPs, Fender, Jackson, Gretsch and more. Loads of acoustics as well as PA, pianos and electronic music stuff. Great chaps in there too, willing to let you try whatever, pretty much a half hour in sound booths, aren’t pushy and be as helpful as possible. Love those guys.  The local store also looks very nice.

Musician’s Friend

I have ordered accessories and guitars from Musicians Friend, Amazon, Sweetwater,  Zzounds and Guitar Center. While I never had a bad experience I have to rate Musicians Friend as my new top one. I ordered my last guitar through them and like my friends, I was impressed for the huge discount, fast and smooth transaction. Then the fact they called me to let me know they finished packing the guitar up, sent me an email with pictures of it, sent me candy with it, and called me a week or so after I got it to make sure it was okay and that I liked it all led to my decision to make them my go to play for my future guitars/amps/whatever purchases. The musicians friend store locator also is a powerful and easy to use location management system. It allows you to save time and money and is fast, accurate and allows clients to get the information they want without intruding on their valuable time. The musicians friend store locator is able to answer client enquiries 24 hours a day every day of the week – including holidays.

Cleaning Service Company

My friend love these guys. It always seems like the initial appointment goes over the top to encourage you to re-book so my friend was a bit skeptical.  But he did again. And then again. And again. The cleaning service company did a first rate job the first time (and my friend is highly critical having done most of his own cleaning for years) and has continued to do that and more. They are professional, fast, friendly and not obtrusive. Even when my friend and his employees are in the office they get the job done.

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My friend’s office was spotless! Sometimes a splurge is worth it, and this one was. Once they are finished my friend and I didn’t even recognize the workplace. We were so caught up in the mess that we forgot what a very clean workplace felt like. It was such a relief! The fog was lifted, and my friend and his employees are more focused, happy, and go about their jobs like they should be. And me and my friend thinks the organization has been great to work with as well. In my friend’s case the cleaning service company reached out the day after my friend’s first cleaning to see how everything went and was easy to reach with any feedback my friend had.  They also call if your cleaner is late. And if your cleaner by chance is ever out they will call to let you know and give you the option to reschedule or use a backup.

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And the cherry on top for my friend is if you like your first cleaner you are able to get him or her every week after.  So you can actually find one you like. And if you are ever given a backup and like them you can designate a default backup too.

My friend is so happy he switched to them and never looking back.

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Promise Ring For Her

The people of from where I got the ring are superb. You’ll get the most for your money with courtesy and respect. Everyone that I interacted with was professional. They helped me design a classic yet unique a promise ring for her that is absolutely exquisite. My girlfriend was thrilled beyond my expectations when she saw the ring. It’s not just beautiful but it is also top, top quality, GIA certified diamond with a strong 14k gold band. They have many beautiful rings on display, but I sort of had a specific classic design in mind – they can customize too. So the important thing for me was the rock. I needed a great diamond and they helped me find one with patience and insight.

I didn’t pick the most expensive, but they still agreed that it was the one. When I second-guessed myself and said, “You know, I should just get the most expensive one anyway,” they literally told me, “But why, you like that one.” They could have made few hundred dollars more, but they convinced me to stay with the one I actually liked the most. “Don’t worry, this diamond is stunning.” They also assured me that if my girlfriend didn’t like something about the ring to come back and they would help take care of it. But of course, there were no problems. Hopefully I will go back to them for engagement rings and wedding rings.

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Hettich Hinges

My friend designed kitchen cabinets for a client. The hinges for the kitchen are concealed hinges. The design is shaker style with flat panel doors inset with frames on cabinet. His client needed a pantry cabinet with shelving mounted onto back of doors. That meant possibly canned goods and heavy stuff. My friend’s concerns are mostly weight. His experience is that those kind of doors tend to sag even if he use multiple hinges. Meaning that periodically, he will have to go back and adjust them up. But using Hettich hinges solved this issue. He never came back to adjust them again. My friend said that so far they are the best, and very good hinges that he used and installed.

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Custom Cut Seats and Cushions

I have used Foam Factory, Inc. to have some existing cushions replaced. They are a real store with a huge selection of fabrics and foams and such. They are also very good with web-based ordering as I ordered mine online.

They always appear to be very busy but their service was great and on time.

For those of you looking to replace chair or bench cushions or just looking to create a new room colour scheme with clever fabrics, Google Foam By Mail and you will find sofa cushion from here. They created some of the most beautiful outdoor cushions for me. And we later ordered a window seat cushion for indoors too. They shipped right here to us! Has anyone else had such a positive experience with them? They are amazing, aren’t they! We’ve needed something like this for a long time here. It’s affordable and high-end!

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Overseas Car Shipping

Overseas Car ShippingHaving shipped cars from Bremerhafen and air-freighted cars from Brussels and Frankfurt, I can say I prefer having the services of Marine Transport Logistics for overseas car shipping. Do not ship by sea during Winter or the spring or autumnal equinoctial gales. If you must ship by sea, deliver the car yourself to Bremerhafen and remove the front spoiler and put it inside the car. I have had no difficulties with the US Gov’t contractor, but I have fronted up in person and paid cash and delivered the car to the dock and picked it up from customs.

Foam By Mail

I use foam by mail. It is the exact same stuff you get from auralex, but a heck of a lot cheaper. They have a great selection of sound insulation and many colors to choose from. The foam is very resistant to fire as well. Auralex’s prices are just too much money. Or at least compared to the quality you get from foam by mail, and cheaper too.  I bought the $300.00 dollar Aurelex stuff and as cool as it looked, it did not cover much at all. Figured I would go broke if I kept buying this stuff. Someone suggested the foam by mail. I went online and bought 200 sq. feet of the stuff.

 

Reids

While online the other night I ran across this web site which carries about anything. Reid Supply Company – Industrial Supplies & Components They have specialty Catalogs like Jig & Fixture, a Stainless Steel Catalog and even on linebrowing of the catalog. You can download CAD’s FREE and even insert the the files into your drawings. They have a CAD library which includes over 30,000 drawings and components. I received the master catalog today and it is full of items for woodworkers. This catalog reminds me of the MacMaster-Carr book. Woodsmith and shopnotes use them as sources at times. Their prices are good, delivery is quick. Reids carry a huge amount of stuff.

 

Envelope Printing Service Vs Printer

Find a service you trust and use it.  The reason of a former pre-press technician is that maintaining knowledge of that expertise and getting the equipment a person would want to use is far more expensive than making prints at a service. It is true that each individual print costs more, but we cannot negate the cost of the printer and our time and maintenance. Instead of working on more images, we are caught at the printer running through sheets, calibrating and testing, when a service will do this all for us. The cost of the printer is one most people leave out of their calculations.

The envelope printing service you use should have leading edge technologies. Machines costing $10,000 to $100,000 are not those you will buy for your home or even for your business unless your volume is very high. The $100,000 printer will do things that your $1000 home printer is incapable of. Using a service We do not have to maintain various paper stocks, and always have flexibility in my options for output. If I am in a business where I rent by the sq. ft., I don’t need to relegate a portion of that to my printer stock and supplies. I also do not have to maintain cropping equipment, and expensive printer calibration devices.

Depending on what you do the home printing option may be viable. But for me I stick with the service and end up printing what I need for decidedly less…The best of both worlds.