In May 2022, I imported quite a bit of audio gear from the EU. I thought it’d be helpful to write up the whole experience as a standalone blog post, in case anyone else is thinking of doing the same.Continue reading “My Experience Of Importing Audio Gear Into The UK From The EU”
Henning has been working his way through some of the Les Paul-like guitars you can buy from Thomann over in Germany. (They deliver all over Europe). Today, he’s published the last video in the series, looking at the high-end competition.
This video opens up with a Les Paul R8 owned by one of Henning’s friends, and it’s fair to say that it sets the standard for the rest of the video.
They’re all great guitars – as well they should be at that price!
This video does a great job of making a serious point. These are all hand-built guitars. No two will feel the same to play, or sound the same. If you’re ever lucky enough to shop for guitars in this price range, you have to go and try them for yourself, and find out which one calls to you.
Not to be outdone by Anderton’s PRS Silver Sky video today, Thomann have shot a shootout video comparing a real Fender Strat against two of its competitors – Suhr (who used to work for Fender) Classic Pro and the new PRS Silver Sky.
It’s wonderfully click-bait-y – but do we learn anything from this video? I’m not sure that we do.
I didn’t hear much difference between the three – and nowhere near the amount of difference that I was expecting. The extra low end we heard the PRS Silver Sky do on the Andertons video isn’t there, and neither is the high-end from the Suhr’s stainless steel frets. I played a Suhr Classic Pro about a month ago, and in person that extra high-end is far from subtle.
So yeah, I’m surprised, and I’m not sure what to make of it.
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Over on their YouTube channel, mega-European retailers Thomann have taken a look at 5 great dynamic microphones for singers.
Here’s the list of the microphones covered:
- Audix OM-7
- Audio-Technica AE 6100
- The T-Bone MB85 Beta
- Sennheiser E945
- Shure SM58
You get to hear both talking and singing through each microphone. Very cool.
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