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Hercules DS520B Trombone Stand (Black)

(1 user rating)

Hercules DS520B Trombone Stand (Black)
Dispatched in 7 to 10 working days
Price
586
RRP
R 685
(-14%)

nice

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solid and does what it needs to

TC Electronic Corona Chorus Anniversary Edition Chorus Pedal

(1 user rating)

TC Electronic Corona Chorus Anniversary Edition Chorus Pedal
Dispatched in 7 to 10 working days
Price
2,999

love it

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from subtle chorus effects to really intense pulsing stereo width - this pedal has been the little extra spice my synth sounds needed. been used constantly since I bought it, highly recommended.

Rode NT-USB Mini USB Condenser Microphone

(1 user rating)

Rode NT-USB Mini USB Condenser Microphone
In Stock
Price
2,199
RRP
R 2,995
(-27%)
Normal Price
R 2,599
(-15%)

Excellent product and service from Raru!

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The Rode NT-USB Mini Microphone is a relative new product - it was released in February/March 2020, just days before the Covid-19 lockdown in South Africa started. I did my usual research on the Internet and after reading several reviews of the Microphone by the end of March, I decided that is the product I want.

This review is not so much about the microphone itself, but rather the process I had to go through to eventually receive it.

I did a quick survey on the most well known ecommerce sites of South Africa, and not one had stock. Some did display the product, but when I tried to order it, it was shown as out of stock. I then looked at Amazon in the US - no stock either. Because it is an Australian product, I searched on Amazon Australia. They had stock and indicated that they do ship to South Africa, but when I got to the check-out and entered my delivery address, a message appeared indicating that it cannot be delivered to that address. I assumed this was due the lockdown level 5 that South Africa was in at that stage.

I approached a couple of other suppliers in Australia (Piper's Wollongong Music Centre; Carlingford Music Centre). Although they could supply the product, they were not really geared for international shipping, so I decided against ordering it from them.

I approached Rode in Australia directly. I mentioned the stock situation to them and asked them for a supplier in South Africa. They referred me to Musical Distributors, their distributor in SA. I tried to contact Musical Distributors several times with no luck - no answer by telephone, and no reply by email.

In the meantime I contacted 13 South African online retailers by email (NXT Level, ORMS Direct, Kloppers, Bothners, Wheuer, Stage Audio Works, Musiek Wereld, Audio Spectrum, Camera Tek, TakeAlot, AudioQuip, AudioMart, and Raru). Some did not stock the product, while some indicated it is out of stock with no indication when stock will be available. Most did not even reply.

On 23 April I visited the Raru website (raru.co.za) for the first time. The microphone was listed but indicated as out of stock. I added it to my wish list as requested on the site. I kept on asking about the availability of stock by email. Andrew from Raru's Musical Instruments Dept, replied everytime to inform me about the stock situation.

Eventually, two months later on 23 June, came some good news: I received an automated email from Raru to say the item in my wish list is now available to order. I did not receive any mails or communication from any other retailer where I listed my requirement. 

I immediately ordered from Raru and paid. The bad news was that the estimated shipping date was 8 business days later, only the 3rd of July. With mixed feelings I sent a desperate email to Raru asking if the shipping/delivery cannot be expedited. Once again Andrew replied to say the stock is expected a few days sooner, so my microphone could be delivered within 5 business days.

Wednesday morning, 25 June, less than 2 days after I ordered, the parcel was delivered to my front door by COURIER IT. Amazing, effective, professional, excellent!

On top of all this, Raru's price for the microphone was also the best of all the other possible sources, including the Australian suppliers. And the delivery was included - at no extra cost.

This made me very much aware of Raru and I will certainly look at them for future purchases before looking anywhere else. Well done!

As far as the microphone is concerned, I plugged it into a USB port on my PC and everything went as indicated in all the reviews I read. The sound quality is also a vast improvement over my previous microphones - all in line with the reviews. If you have more than one microphone connected to your PC, make sure you select the Rode from your sound settings.

Fender Professional Series 10ft Jack Instrument Cable (Black)

(1 user rating)

Fender Professional Series 10ft Jack Instrument Cable (Black)
Out of Stock
Price
219
RRP
R 260
(-16%)

Well worth it

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Excellent quality and good service from Raru

DiMarzio FH1703 Tremolo Bridge Springs (Set of 3)

DiMarzio FH1703 Tremolo Bridge Springs (Set of 3)
Dispatched in 3 to 5 working days
Price
139
RRP
R 165
(-16%)

It's good

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I'm satisfied. I got what I payed for. Although, they are ever so slightly longer than the current springs on my guitar. So they didn't give me as much tension I as I was looking for.

Also, the delivery was very fast.

Fender Pro Series 5.5m 1/4 Inch Jack Instrument Cable (Black)

(1 user rating)

Fender Pro Series 5.5m 1/4 Inch Jack Instrument Cable (Black)
Dispatched in 6 to 8 working days
Price
240
RRP
R 320
(-25%)
Normal Price
R 289
(-17%)

Get it, beautiful tone

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Got this for my bass guitar, wow really impressed, super tone crisp dynamics.

DiMarzio DP102BK X2N Humbucker Electric Guitar Pickup – Bridge (Black)

(1 user rating)

DiMarzio DP102BK X2N Humbucker Electric Guitar Pickup – Bridge (Black)
Out of Stock
Price
2,819
RRP
R 3,355
(-16%)

Always on point

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Always stunning service from raru. Shipments slightly longer than estimated, but acceptable. Thank you.

Elixir 11052 Nanoweb 12-53 Light 80/20 Bronze Coated Acoustic Guitar Strings (Pack of 3)

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Elixir 11052 Nanoweb 12-53 Light 80/20 Bronze Coated Acoustic Guitar Strings (Pack of 3)
Out of Stock
Price
574
RRP
R 630
(-9%)

Fantastic long lasting strings

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Really good quality strings that offers long lasting tone and being a pack of 3 offers decent value over buying single packs. This has been my go to strings for my acoustic guitar ever since I 1st tried after a recommendation by a friend

Elixir 16552 Optiweb 10-46 Light Nickel Plated Steel Coated Electric Guitar Strings (3 Pack)

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Elixir 16552 Optiweb 10-46 Light Nickel Plated Steel Coated Electric Guitar Strings (3 Pack)
Out of Stock
Price
480

Fantastic long lasting strings

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Really good quality strings that offers long lasting tone and being a pack of 3 offers decent value over buying single packs

Dunlop 486PML Gels Medium Light Guitar Pick (Green)

(1 user rating)

Dunlop 486PML Gels Medium Light Guitar Pick (Green)
In Stock
Price
15

Didn't last very long

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Played rehearsal and it failed on the 1st song live, needless to say wasn't impressed

Gotoh SG381 SG Series Electric Guitar 3 A-Side Mini Machine Heads Set with Large Buttons (Chrome)

(1 user rating)

Gotoh SG381 SG Series Electric Guitar 3 A-Side Mini Machine Heads Set with Large Buttons (Chrome)
Dispatched in 15 to 25 working days
Price
887

Great service and quality

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A must for any guitar upgrade, smooth and is sturdy when tuning. Great quality!

Allparts 7 String Electric Guitar Stop Tailpiece with USA Thread Studs and Anchors (Chrome)

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Allparts 7 String Electric Guitar Stop Tailpiece with USA Thread Studs and Anchors (Chrome)
Dispatched in 15 to 25 working days
Price
462

Great service

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Can always rely on RARU to have the part you've looking for. Good quality,

Behringer P1 Powerplay Personal In-Ear Monitor Amplifier

(2 user ratings)

Behringer P1 Powerplay Personal In-Ear Monitor Amplifier
Dispatched in 7 to 10 working days
Price
1,399

Works as expected

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Excellent IEM system for the price. Very happy, have multiple of them.

Orange Crush 20RT Crush Series 20 watt 1x8 Inch Electric Guitar Amplifier Combo with Reverb

(1 user rating)

Orange Crush 20RT Crush Series 20 watt 1x8 Inch Electric Guitar Amplifier Combo with Reverb
Out of Stock
Price
3,213
RRP
R 4,250
(-24%)

Fantastic

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Sounds amazing, surprisingly loud for its size. Built in tuner is a great plus. Highly recommend

Cort AF505 OP Easyplay Concert Acoustic Guitar (Open Pore Natural)

Cort AF505 OP Easyplay Concert Acoustic Guitar (Open Pore Natural)
Out of Stock
Price
2,110
RRP
R 2,550
(-17%)

Decent for the price.

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Does the job, build quality is not the greatest

Nomad NGH-304R Short Armed Wall Mount Electric Guitar Stand with Wooden Base

(2 user ratings)

Nomad NGH-304R Short Armed Wall Mount Electric Guitar Stand with Wooden Base
Out of Stock
Price
109

awesome product

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Good quality and finishes look great. Pity i am just waiting quite long for more stock.

Elixir 16052 Nanoweb 12-53 Light Phosphor Bronze Coated Acoustic Guitar Strings (Pack of 3)

(2 user ratings)

Elixir 16052 Nanoweb 12-53 Light Phosphor Bronze Coated Acoustic Guitar Strings (Pack of 3)
Out of Stock
Price
656
RRP
R 720
(-9%)

good strings

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fantastic thank you, received all in good order

Ibanez Mini Link 3m 1/4 Inch Angled Patch Cable Kit (Black)

(2 user ratings)

Ibanez Mini Link 3m 1/4 Inch Angled Patch Cable Kit (Black)
Dispatched in 6 to 8 working days
Price
680
RRP
R 899
(-24%)

I'm a solderless convert

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I have two sets of these on a very complex pedalboard that has been through over 50 gigs by this point, never had a failure, and there's enough cable to reconfigure with different lengths at a later stage.

Graphtech PQ-5010-00 Tusq Slotted Flat Bottom Electric Guitar Nut for Fender Strat Style Guitars

(1 user rating)

Graphtech PQ-5010-00 Tusq Slotted Flat Bottom Electric Guitar Nut for Fender Strat Style Guitars
Out of Stock
Price
105
RRP
R 125
(-16%)

Awesome Service , quick delivery!

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Awesome Service , quick delivery! Authentic quality product :)

Seymour Duncan 11807-20-L Blackout Preamp BMP-1 Pickup Preamp (Long Shaft)

(1 user rating)

Seymour Duncan 11807-20-L Blackout Preamp BMP-1 Pickup Preamp (Long Shaft)
Out of Stock
Price
1,264
RRP
R 1,495
(-15%)

Waste of money.

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No hardware..

IK Multimedia iRig BlueTurn Compact Bluetooth Page Turner (Black)

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IK Multimedia iRig BlueTurn Compact Bluetooth Page Turner (Black)
Not available
Price
1,799

A Page turner that refuses to change mode

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I ordered one of these and could not get it to change to Mode 3 that I need for my android app. I could not get it to do so and contacted the manufacturer. They asked the usual silly questions to solve the problem but when none worked they recommended sending it back to Raru. Raru then sent it to their local agent who tested it and said it worked properly. I explained the issue and then they decided to replace the unit. Yesterday the new unit arrived and would you believe, it is exactly the same as the previous one!!! So obviously this is a dud product that does NOT do what it is advertised to do.

If you need it to work in Mode 1 (Up/Down arrow) then you may be OK. Otherwise save your money!!!

Graphtech String Saver Classics Saddles for Stratocaster and Telecaster Style 2 1/16 Inch String Spacing (Chrome)

(1 user rating)

Graphtech String Saver Classics Saddles for Stratocaster and Telecaster Style 2 1/16 Inch String Spacing (Chrome)
Out of Stock
Price
883
RRP
R 1,050
(-16%)

great

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I installed these on PRS Silver Sky and it makes the bridge comfortable to rest your hand on and palm mute, thanks to more body on the saddles.

Line 6 HX Stomp Guitar Multi-Effects Floor Processor

(1 user rating)

Line 6 HX Stomp Guitar Multi-Effects Floor Processor
Out of Stock
Price
15,001
RRP
R 17,095
(-12%)

Awesome

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HX Stomp is awesome, it does everything as advertised. It also comes with 3 different power adapter plugs, so it's easy to use in ZA.

Fast delivery from Raru as well. Very happy.

Audio Technica ATH-E40 Professional In-Ear Monitor Headphones (Black)

(1 user rating)

Audio Technica ATH-E40  Professional In-Ear Monitor Headphones (Black)
Dispatched in 7 to 10 working days
Price
1,863

Uncomfortable

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Don't buy these if you have small ears. I happen to have large ears yet the ear buds still hurt me and fall out while I'm performing, despite having tried out all the different sized tips.

The unit I received is also defective. The left ear bud makes a distorted hissing sound and I had to return them. So I doubt that the quality control is very good.

Native Instruments S49 MKII Komplete Kontrol 49 Key USB Smart Keyboard Controller (Black)

(1 user rating)

Native Instruments S49 MKII Komplete Kontrol 49 Key USB Smart Keyboard Controller (Black)
Out of Stock
Price
11,399
RRP
R 11,999
(-5%)

The Best Midi Controller around (depending on your SAW setup)

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This review is based on using this controller with the MASCHINE DAW.

This is an awesome controller that does exactly as promised. If working in Maschine you will get seamless and in-deph DAW integration as well as all buttons on Native Instruments products (Mondark, Massive, kontakt, Reaktor, etc) fully mapped and saved with your soft synth.

This takes away all reliance on using a mouse or keyboard for your musical journey and can practically do everything via the keyboard. When using one of the Native Instruments sift synths, this virtually feels like a full-blown synth with all the ease and touch controls that one could need.

Further to this VST instruments and Effects also get mapped (i was amazed at how well it handled this) and translate very well to this keyboard. You will be going on Sonic journeys with this piece of gear in no time at all.

Lastly the keyboard itself is a semi-weighted fatar keyboard , making it extremely expressive and smooth as silk to play.

The only negative is that if you do not sequence in maschine you will be missing out on a lot with this piece of gear. While it still works with other DAWS (presonus one, logic, Cubase, ableton, etc) you still get some daw control and VST integration , however when used in maschine this will shine and become amazing.

I Used this keyboard in conjunction with my maschine mikro and was heavily impressed. The two units compliment, and integrate with, each other perfectly. changing aspects on the mikro changes aspects on the keyboard and vise-versa.

There are many 'surprsies' also in this keyboard that will keep you interested and invested for ages (the fact that the ARP on the keyboard maps notes to midi is probably my favourite. You see the notes mapped in your sequence rather than just the notes which you held on the keyboard. stunning.).

The build quality of the komplete controller is excellent and smacks of quality. It is sturdy, has feet that stick to the table and feels like it will last for ages.

Have fun!
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