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Best Rotary File Cards 2018 – [Buyer’s Guide]

Last Updated December 1, 2018
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Billy JacobsHi there, my name is Billy Jacobs and the first thing I would like to say is thanks for stopping by my website. Here are the best rotary file cards for 2018 – based on my own expert opinion, feature sets, prices, and overall popularity.

Eventually, I found something that would suit my needs but it occurred to me that I wasn’t the only one who might be having the same problems I did. What I would like you to remember as you browse my website is that I don’t work in the industry so the reviews I have are based on good old fashioned honesty.

Best Rotary File Cards of 2018

So this is not only going to give you an insight to the best rotary file cards of the 2018 but also those which are user friendly and easy to work with. I am going to specify each good-to-buy feature as much as possible for your references.

Many models on the market may be confusing to a person who is shopping for their first time. Welcome to my website! If you plan to buy rotary file cards and looking for some recommendations, you have come to the right place.

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№1 – Acrimet 4 X 6 Card File Holder

Acrimet 4 X 6 Card File Holder

Body in Black Color Steel and Clear Plastic Lid
Anti Slip Pads on the Base
Ideal for 4 x 6 Cards
Everything is OK.

Why did this rotary file cards win the first place?

The product is very strong. Its material is stable and doesn’t crack. I really enjoy the design. It is compact, comfortable and reliable. And it looks amazing! I was completely satisfied with the price. Its counterparts in this price range are way worse. I don’t know anything about other models from this brand, but I am fully satisfied with this product.


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№2 – Acrimet 4 X 6 Card File Holder

Acrimet 4 X 6 Card File Holder

Body in Gray Color Steel and Clear Plastic Lid
Anti Slip Pads on the Base
Ideal for 4 x 6 Cards
It seems not very durable.
Guide can be a pain.

Why did this rotary file cards come in second place?

I really liked it. It is amazing in every aspect. It did even exceed my expectations for a bit, considering the affordable price. This is a pretty decent product that perfectly fitted the interior of our office. Seems that the material is good. It has a very beautiful color but I don’t really like the texture. I recommend you to consider buying this model, it definitely worth its money.


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№3 – Retrocard™ 3×5 Rotary File Refill Cards

Retrocard™ 3x5 Rotary File Refill Cards

3×5 inches
Fits old style 3×5 card files made by major manufacturers
It is pretty heavy..
Not very durable.

Why did this rotary file cards take third place?

This price is appropriate since the product is very well built. We are very pleased with the purchase — the product is great! It doesn’t squeaks nor bents. Looks great in my apartment. It is inconvenient to use due to the size. I am going to get something different next time.


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Rotary File Cards Buyer’s Guide

If you keep the before points in mind, you can easily go out to the market and buy rotary file cards, right? No!

Operating systems

How your tablet works will depend very much on its operating system – what you actually see and interact with on screen. Which system is best largely depends on your own personal preferences as they each have their own benefits and drawbacks.


Android was created by Google, but is available on devices made by manufacturers such as Samsung and Sony. It’s customisable and user-friendly, though the experience will differ between brands. You have more control over how you use Android and how you manage files, but this can make it a little more complicated to use.

More apps are available for Android than any other platform. Google Play is the largest app store, but there are others to choose from. Having a larger app developing community does carry some risks, however, so it’s important to check apps carefully to avoid unsecure content.

Screen resolution

Screen quality is measured in pixels. The more pixels, the higher the quality of the image.

Entry level tablets have a pixel count of around 102x 600, mid-range tablets have a resolution of around 1920 x 1080, and more high-end devices have 204x 153and above.

Battery life

More is always better when it comes to battery life. Typically it’s the most expensive tablets that have the longest. Some low cost models may have long battery life, but that’s a reflection of their lower processing performance.

Remember battery life is an estimate. High demand tasks will use up battery power faster than low demand tasks.

SD card and SD slot

SD cards are a simple way to add more memory. A small card can be placed inside an SD slot to access any files it contains. It makes it very easy to transfer files, as many devices have an SD slot. Not every tablet has an SD slot, however, so an adaptor could be required.

Ink costs

Ideal for home office and business use. They tend to be larger in size. printers?

These combine a scanner, photocopier and printer in one unit (some even include a fax machine). They’re available in both inkjet and laser printer varieties.

The only way to get photo-quality prints is with a dedicated photo printer. These use additional colour cartridges to produce more colour detail.

Mobile printing

Most printer manufacturers offer apps you can install on your mobile devices so you can print from them directly.

Many printers are also compatible with Apple Airprint (for Apple devices) and Google Cloud Print (for Android devices).

Product Details

Wood Tones Open Rotary Business Card File Holds 400 5/x Cards, Mahogany

Keep contacts close at hand in this easy-to-organize, solid wood rotary file enriched with soft curves and a beautiful finish. Rotates and holds steady for viewing, making locating contacts quick and easy. Transparent sleeves hold business cards (sold separately). Includes all you need to get your business cards organized: 200 clear sleeves and A-Z index guides.

Produce the Rolodex Cards

If all your Rolodex cards are to be the same for distribution to clients and customers, lay out your graphics and information the way you want it printed. If your software has an option to simply replicate the design to all cards on the sheet, choose this option. Otherwise, you may have to copy and paste to fill all the spaces on the sheet.

You can also print out the cards as you would any other labels by indicating where information goes by positioning field names rather than literal information. Flood data into these field names like you would with any other database or mail merge operation. See your software help menus for instructions on how to do this.

Make sure your printer paper transport mechanism is set to print card stock. Print your Rolodex cards as you would any other document.

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Editor’s note: Our friends at Classic Motorsports compiled a comprehensive buyers guide dedicated to the MGB. Below is an excerpt; to read the article in its entirety.

Why is the MGB such a favorite with classic car hobbyists? The answer is simple: It is good-looking, fun to drive and easy to maintain. These are the same reasons the MGB, with a few changes, was successful in the new-car market for nearly two decades. Today, good examples are easy to find, inexpensive to buy, and are backed by a fantastic network of MGB enthusiasts to provide support and share the fun of ownership.

A brief review of the MGB’s history provides an easy answer to what is considered the “best” MGB to buy: The cars from model years 196and 196get that accolade. They still carried the classic body style, highlighted by shiny bumpers and a pretty grille. Under the hood, the engine had been converted to a very reliable five-main-bearing design that produced nearly 100 horsepower at the flywheel. Inside, the seats were upholstered in leather, with lovely contrasting piping, and the dashboard was adorned with black crackle-finish paint and toggle switches, evoking memories of fighter planes and the Battle of Britain.

In terms of preferences, the earlier cars from the 196through 196model years, with their three-main-bearing engines, and known by their “pull-handle” doors (though a few five-main cars had the pull handles), are considered almost as desirable because of their traditional features and relative rarity. At the other end of the chrome-bumper period, the 197cars, with more comfortable seats, a center console with storage compartment and armrest, practical headrests, and the restored glove box, might be considered the next level in the pecking order. Even the vinyl seats can be recovered with a leather trim kit.

Even among the rubber-bumper cars there are some subtle distinctions. The 1977-’80 cars are preferable to the 1975-’7cars, since they received front and rear anti-roll bars to correct handling problems and had some interior and engine-compartment improvements. It’s worth noting that the “Limited Edition” versions offered in the U.S. in 197and ’80 often turn up in very good condition with low mileage, having originally been bought by collectors and tucked away for investment purposes. They didn’t appreciate very much, and still usually sell for less than a comparable-condition chrome-bumper car, but they represent an interesting variant.

However, the differences in years, and even matching numbers and original specifications, don’t get a lot of attention in the MG hobby world. Instead, quality of bodywork and paint, tidiness of interior trim and, above all, performance are the variables that really make the difference in determining how much a particular MGB is worth.

Better yet, later models can be retro-engineered to the 196standards, and then upgraded with modern modifications, such as the new Moss supercharger, to the owner’s own tastes (see modifications sidebar on page 40). Even in California and states that share its air quality standards, any car built in 197or before is usually fair game for removal of emissions systems, upgrading of carburetors, the addition of a supercharger, and other modifications.

With the variety of engine variations among the various export markets and from year to year for individual markets to cope with regulatory changes, a factory service parts list and one of the excellent workshop manuals are essential. This factor is worth bearing in mind when buying and working on a car that has been modified by previous owners. Parts ordered strictly by catalog and serial number may not always fit a modified car.

Regardless, with the large number of cars still on the road, brand-new parts of quite good quality are readily available. Few hobbyists even bother to part out old MGs any more, since it’s generally just as easy to buy a new piece from the Moss Motors or Victoria British catalogs.

Watch of the collection

The Grand Lange Moon Phase has a superb finish and an exquisite lunar phase movement. Keep the mechanism running, and the “GLOMP” will track the moon’s waxing and waning for more than 100 years. share-pinterest gallery-zoom gallery-aside

Alpina comes from the same stable as Frdrique Constant, following the acquisition of the then-dormant dial name by Dutch husband-and-wife team Peter and Aletta Staas in 200Alpina has only recently gained a foothold in the UK and is well worth a look if you’re after an attractive, affordable sports watch. The quartz models are excellent value, too.

Ball Watch Co.

This year, Ball Watch has added to its retro-look offerings with some interesting new pieces, including an annual calendar model, Celsius, which has a built-in thermometer and a delectable, vertical sub-dial chronometer with “Pulsometer” bezel. Ex-Jaeger-LeCoultre designer Magali Mtrailler has also expanded the Ball For BMW line with an understated three-hander.

Baume & Mercier

Baume & Mercier has long been the Cinderella brand in Richemont’s luxury stable – but CEO Alain Zimmermann is gradually taking it to the ball by dipping into the archives, refreshing and upsizing. The result is a growing (in both respects) range of good-looking watches, which feel like they should be considerably pricier.

Bell & Ross

The Paris-based, Swiss-made Bell & Ross is known for the giant, square cases of the BR-0Instrument models. But we prefer its more subdued, military-look pieces, which would have looked ideal on John Mills in Ice Cold In Alex – save for the fact B&R launched in 1992.


Want a quintessential yet understated dress watch? Try Blancpain’s Villeret Days, 42mm, 20,100. The gleaming white dial is coated in Grand Feu enamel and hides an exquisitely finished, self-winding, eight-day movement, seen through its transparent case back.


Breitling this year re-asserted its aviation roots by sponsoring the first public exhibition of the iconic wind tunnels at Farnborough airfield, where legendary planes such as the Hawker Typhoon, Spitfire and Concorde underwent development.


Since Cartier got serious about in-house manufacturing in 2007, it has produced impressive mechanisms and technical advances, ranging from the ID concepts with “set for life” movements and vacuum cases, to innovative takes on the flying tourbillon and the perpetual calendar.


Certina watches were once big sellers in the UK before its products stopped being sold here back in 200Now it’s returned with a line-up that includes a range of driver-orientated pieces inspired by the 125-year-old brand’s dual role as sponsor of the Sauber Fteam and being the official timing partner of the World Rally Championship.


Citizen this year unveiled the slimmest satellite-powered watch on the market, the 12.4mm-thick Satellite Wave F100 – tiny, considering it can synch with the atomic time signal within three seconds anywhere in the world and works in 40 time zones.


The tourbillon with three gold bridges has been a symbol of Girard-Perregaux excellence since 186This year, GP brings the idea into the 21st century with the “Neo-Tourbillon” featuring bridges made not from gold, but from titanium.

Glashtte Original

Glashtte Original takes history seriously with its East German watchmaking museum and a workshop for the repair of pocket watches, marine chronometers and precision clocks made in Glashtte prior to Communist rule.

Watch of the collection The PanoMaticInverse is called “Inverse” because it displays its signature “Swan Neck” adjustment system on the dial side rather than at the back. It’s £10,000 for steel and £20,000 for red gold. share-pinterest gallery-zoom gallery-aside share-pinterest gallery-zoom gallery-aside

The brand now has a stronger presence in the UK after it set up a London-based subsidiary, Graham 1695, which is dedicated to making its watches more readily available here and improving its after-sales service.

H Moser & Cie

Heinrich Moser was a boy done good. Son of a Schaffhausen clockmaker, in 182he left for Russia and made a fortune selling watches before returning home to build a wagon factory, railway and hydro-electric plant in the city. The iconic H Moser name lay dormant until his great-grandson Roger Balsiger resurrected it back in 200share-pinterest gallery-zoom gallery-aside


Hamilton is rightly making the most of its H-40 self-winding movement, which boasts an impressive 80 hours of power reserve. It’s present in the Flintridge, which mirrors the Hamilton sports watch of the Thirties. The remake features cut-outs to enable the day and date to be read when its hinged cover is closed.


The venerable brand, best known for its 193flip-case Reverso model created for polo players, has produced several “tribute” versions based on the original: the latest being the Grand Reverso Ultra Thin in pink gold with chocolate brown dial and a hand-stitched strap by Argentinian (polo) boot maker Casa Fagliano.


As the backer of many an equestrian event, Longines couldn’t let the year of the horse pass without a special timepiece. The result is a delectable, hand-wound pocket watch with a rose gold, 49.5mm case decorated with the image of a jumping horseman. It is based on a 192Lepine piece from the Longines Museum and can be had exclusively from Wempe jewellers for 24,060.


Montblanc’s show-stopper at SIHH 201was the sapphire, carbon and titanium TimeWalker Chronograph 100, featuring two balance wheels: one running at a conventional 18,000 vibrations per hour to control the movement; the other at a mind-boggling 360,000 VPH for the chronograph function, enabling the chrono hand to circulate the entire dial in a single second.

Officine Panerai

Panerai was a virtually dormant dial name until being taken over by Richemont 1years ago, since when CEO Angelo Bonati has developed it into a major brand with its own range of manufacture movements and a worldwide following. Its new 10,000sq m, carbon-neutral production facility near Neuchtel is said to be one of the most advanced and environmentally friendly watch factories in existence.


Perrelet is part of the Spanish Festina group, which also owns the Swiss movement maker Soprod, which, in turn, is the source of the wacky mechanisms found in the watch-maker’s Turbine models. Mounted on the dial side, the rotors oscillate beneath the hands in the manner of its namesake’s fans. Don’t ask why; it’s just for fun, right?


DOROTHY & OZ Theme Classroom Decor Schedule Cards Format: MS Word, editable, 2designs Size: Schedule Cards are x PRINTING: For best results, print on gloss photo paper. My favorite paper for this project is Office Depot standard photo paper

DJ Headphones

In this guide we’ll be covering all the hardware you’ll be plugging into the PA as well as three major DJ software platforms. (If you plan to buy a PA system, be sure you check out our PA System buying guide.)

Looking for a present for the DJ in your life? Check out our DJ gift ideas!

Why DJs went digital

At one time DJs performed solely with two turntables and a mixer, whether they were spinning dance records or scratching vinyl hip-hop style. With the arrival of MP3s and CDs, many DJs switched to these newer formats due to their greater reliability, easy transport and music library management, plus potential for extensive control and music manipulation. DJ gear manufacturers quickly got in on the act producing players and controllers that exploited the ability to slice and dice beats and create jaw-dropping shows beyond the limits of vinyl.

Since their introduction, DJ controllers, mixers and interfaces have grown much more powerful. Today, DJ software is often tightly integrated with specific hardware. This makes configuring your controller’s settings much easier while allowing novices to create cool beats and seamless shows. In the next section we’ll look at three of today’s most popular DJ software platforms.

While a controller allows you to manipulate your software or app more fluidly, it’s the software itself that does all the cool stuff that has revolutionized the world of DJing. The software performs all the critical chores that help you manipulate your music files.

What DJ software and apps do

Software and apps designed for DJ use monitor all your mixing moves, apply the filters and effects you select, trigger samples, modify music waveforms and perform dozens of other cool tricks that in the old days would have been impossible or required external gear. Apart from basics like loading your music library into storage, DJ software provides the virtual transport controls for playback as well as creating the virtual decks on which you’ll be mixing.

In looking at software options you’ll find that many include the same or similar functions. In the end, how well those functions will work for you depend two factors: your comfort with the software’s user interface and how well your controller manages it.

Software-specific vs. software-versatile controllers

When it comes to selecting controllers, one of the biggest considerations is software compatibility. Some DJ controllers are designed to work with specific software products. If you are set on the software platform you want to use, these can be an excellent option as they integrate tightly with the software and often provide functionality that you won’t get with controllers designed for use with multiple software products. Since many functions are already “mapped,” (the process of assigning functions to various parts of the controller) software-specific controllers are usually easier and faster to configure.

The downside to software-specific controllers, however, is that they may not be so compatible with other programs. If it’s important to you that your controller be able to work with a wider range of software options, you will want to look at MIDI-compliant, software-agnostic controllers that you can use with many different software types.

Next we’ll look at three of the leading DJ software platforms and some of the controllers that run them to help you narrow down your choices.

Native Instruments Traktor

Native Instruments was among the first companies to focus on hardware and software integration. By tightly wedding powerful software with ever more capable controllers, NI’s Traktor Pro and Traktor Scratch Pro are among the most important DJ performance and production software. (Traktor Scratch Pro works with Traktor’s proprietary DVS digital vinyl systems as well as DJ controllers.)

NI makes various TRAKTOR-based software, each aimed at different budgets and skill sets. A couple incorporate video capability. Advanced versions represent some of the deepest DJ software out there. But with that depth comes a steeper learning curve. TRAKTOR also boasts some of the strongest MIDI implementation in the business.

One of Traktor’s strengths is its Remix Deck concept—an environment in which you manipulate the component parts of the music, dicing, slicing, stretching beats and melodies then freestyling in playback. In this respect it will feel quite familiar to Ableton Loops users. Traktor offers a very customizable interface that can be readily configured to match your work style.

Theoretically, any software controller should be able to be mapped to operate Traktor, but many DJs find NI-made hardware has an edge over software-agnostic controllers. They point to more precise jog wheel performance as an example. For DJs who plan to scratch or have a background with vinyl, this is a big deal.

Here’s a quick overview of the NI product line for DJs:

TRAKTOR KONTROL D- The compact DController is ideal for mobile DJ. Its touch-sensitive, control surface integrates with TRAKTOR PRO for hands-on performance needs. NI conceives of it as a performance instrument combined with a touch-and-seek controller for pro performances.

TRAKTOR KONTROL Z- The ZLightning Controller is intended for the DJ looking for an affordable and compact unit with which to run Traktor Kontrol while integrating an iPhone or iPad. Its simplified work surface provides control over volume, EQ, effects and filters. Adding the XController (see below) gives you advanced functions such as control over remix decks.

Native Instruments TRAKTOR KONTROL ZLightning works flawlessly with TRAKTOR DJ and TRAKTOR PRO software as a 2-channel mixer, controller and soundcard, and also integrates with iOS devices giving you hands-on control of all the latest DJ apps. It’s a great unit for the first-time DJ who wants to dive into TRAKTOR.

TRAKTOR KONTROL Z- Native Instruments has the club DJ firmly in mind with the ZController. Its 2-channel mixer format is designed to sit comfortably between CDJ players or turntables. It has an uncrowded control layout for error-free performance and excellent sound quality to match the best house PAs. In addition to Scratch Pro software, NI bundles timecode vinyl and CDs so you can spin digital files like they were real vinyl. A Macro FX function allows you to assign several effects to a single knob for massive track buildups, breakdowns and track destruction.

With its seamless TRAKTOR integration, the Native Instruments TRAKTOR KONTROL Zmakes a great club mixer used with turntables and DJ digital media players. Its roomy control surface helps prevent mid-performance goofs.

TRAKTOR KONTROL XMK- The XMKController is designed as an add-on to existing Traktor rigs. The Xcan be used to control two decks and Traktor FX units simultaneously. The MKupdate adds a touch strip giving you smoother more precise control over effects, filters and more. It’s a solid choice for DJs who have older gear but want to take full advantage of TRAKTOR PRO’s capabilities.

TRAKTOR Scratch A6 – The Scratch Asystem is intended for the no-holds-barred DJ who wants to access digital vinyl and CD scratching with four onboard track decks plus traditional DJ gear like turntables and phono preamps. It harnesses all the power of TRAKTOR PRO 2.software including Remix Deck capabilities, improved BPM detection technology and GB of fantastic loops and samples. The included 12-channel interface (In, out) has premium AD/DA converters, offering up to 96kHZ performance for superb sound and the included timecode CD and vinyl control discs have excellent tracking capability to support your scratching skills.

The consensus on Serato is that while it lacks the deep MIDI mapping capabilities of NI’s Traktor and Scratch, it’s a somewhat easier platform to master. Many also rate Serato highly for its natural performance feel, “fun” factor and highly intuitive interface. Some DJs find the ability to create beatgrids—beat markers to help the software lock into the tempo accurately—easier with Serato.

Another significant factor is the number of controller/interface manufacturers who support Serato software. You’ll find controllers in a range of prices from some of the biggest names in DJ hardware with capabilities that go from entry level to professional.

Serato DJ – The intention with Serato DJ is to give you a complete, single-box solution that covers every aspect of your DJ performance. Colored waveforms that reflect EQ settings give you a very visual way to reshape your sounds on the fly. Workflows are streamlined and extremely visual too. Applying effects, triggering samples and building beats is enhanced by Flip and DVS expansion packs. Flip gives you powerful beat editing and building functions while the DVS pack offers the feel of real vinyl-based mixing. A MIDI panel takes a lot of the heavy lifting out of your mapping workflows.

Serato DJ reveals its Serato Scratch Live heritage with its many features taken from that vinyl emulation program.. When Serato decided to roll Scratch features up into the newly expanded DJ/DVS platform, they made everything backwards-compatible so old Scratch libraries and songs are automatically read. Its also compatible with your collection of Serato control vinyl. Serato DJ is bundled with professional controllers.

Other software and controllers

So far we’ve looked at the big three software platforms that most DJs use: Traktor, Serato and Ableton Live as well as controllers specifically designed to work with them. However, there are many controllers that are software-agnostic—that is they can be readily configured to work with just about any software useful to DJs. Most come with templates for all the major DJ programs, which makes mapping the controller to the software simpler.

The Numark NS7III Controller combines an enormous number of functions, effects, and versatile channel control for amazing shows that draw on all your media libraries and scratching skills.

USB and wireless controllers

There are multiple ways to connect your DJ controller to your PC or mobile devices to interact with your software. A common connection type you will find on many of them is USB. You will find lots of options for USB-based controllers that interact with MIDI-based DJ software programs.

The Pioneer DDJ-SBis a perfect introduction to modern DJ’ing, offering a classic control surface at an affordable price point. Even better? It comes with Serato DJ Intro software. 

Another option is to ditch the wires completely. Although fewer models are available, you can find a selection of low-latency, wireless controllers that will allow you plenty of flexibility and freedom of movement. Some even include cutting-edge features like accelerometer-based MIDI controls that allow you to run your show using body movements and gestures.

Keep in mind that if you are planning on connecting external, MIDI-based hardware to your controller, you’ll want to have these connections available.

Check out the huge range of DJ controllers and interfaces at Musician’s Friend.

The iOS connection

With a growing number of killer DJ apps and compatible audio gear coming online, iOS has become an option for DJs. With the addition of a few crucial components, your iPod touch, iPhone, or iPad can be transformed into a very affordable DJ rig. If you’re thinking about getting into DJing but aren’t quite sure, iOS is a good platform to test the waters. Learn much more with our iOS Gear for DJs Buying Guide and browse our full selection of iOS gear.

The vinyl option

While digital DJ tools offer greater ease of use and flexibility, many vinyl supporters argue this comes at the cost of inferior sound quality. Because digital audio essentially takes a snapshot when capturing analog sounds, it does not reproduce the complete sound waves, and some feel this reduces the music’s definition and impact.

There are also more subjective reasons some experienced DJs prefer vinyl. Many say that it allows more creativity and others will tell you it’s just plain sexier. Other DJs find vinyl’s somewhat more demanding approach both rewarding and way to give their sets more personality. Confirming this, many of the hottest club DJs incorporate real vinyl and turntables into their shows.

While you can’t point to these factors on a spec sheet, DJing is all about enjoying the experience … so if using vinyl makes you happy, that’s a good enough reason to make it your choice. 

If you’re looking to grow your vinyl collection, check out our growing selection of vinyl albums across a variety of genres, including a fresh assortment of rap and hip hop pressings.

The Pioneer PLX-500 Turntableis a well-built, Direct Drive turntable that offers classic sound and performance at an attractive price.

For the old-school turntablist as well as newbies interested in exploring the world of real vinyl scratching, you’ll find a collection of turntables, plus phono cartridges and replacement styluses to match just about any budget and scratching style at Musician’s Friend.

The Shure M44-Competition DJ Cartridge has been the go-to cartridge for both scratch and mix DJs for decades.

Browse the complete Musician’s Friend selection of phono cartridges and needles.

Audio formats

When buying a digital player, be sure to check out the audio formats it supports; most newer players support MP3s and other compressed digital formats, but if you use less common lossless formats such as FLAC files, you’ll want to ensure the player can read them.Some advanced models that will even let you play audio from wireless sources r the ultimate versatility.

Common DJ media player features

Pioneer’s flagship CDJ-2000NXS2 offers an astounding level of performance controls and has a beautiful  7″ touchscreen for easy navigation and use.

Browse the complete Musician’s Friend selection of DJ CD, MPand Media Players.

DJ Mixers

Although many DJs now do their mixing on software-based controllers, some prefer the additional connectivity and more traditional worksurfaces found on DJ mixers. While DJ controller/interfaces have taken on mixer-like capabilities, mixers in turn have grown ever more compatible with DJ software. The latest generation of advanced mixers integrate with the major DJ programs.

One of the important differences among DJ mixers is the number of effects, inputs/outputs and channels they offer. For beginning DJs, a basic mixer with two or three channels and enough inputs for your turntables and/or media players will be adequate.

Let’s look at some of the basic features of a DJ mixer:

Back panel

On the back panel of a DJ mixer, you’ll usually find RCA inputs to plug in turntables and aux inputs to plug in CD players. (If your turntables have built-in phono preamps, you can plug them into the aux inputs.) You’ll often find a 5-pin DIN connector to plug in the power cord, balanced outputs to send the sound to your amplifiers and a ground post to ground potentially harmful electricity and reduce hum.

There also may be insert points used to send and return the signal through external signal processors or effects. Some mixers have additional inputs and outputs; just be sure your mixer provides the number and type of connections (RCA, 1/4″ and XLR) you’ll need.

Other inputs include USB, MIDI, and FireWire for connecting digital devices such as laptop computers and MIDI-enabled controllers.

Kill switches

Some mixers offer kill switches that let you turn off the lows, mids or highs. You can pull them down to kill a frequency band momentarily and they’ll pop back on their own, or you can flip them up and the frequency band will remain off until you flip it down.

Hamster switch

The hamster switch (usually found on scratch mixers) lets you reverse the crossfader positions so that you move the crossfader to the right to fade into channel and the left to fade into channel This feature allows DJs to scratch using the same motion regardless of which turntable is in use.

Mic input & talkover button

Most DJ mixers offer a mic input, which can come in handy even if you don’t have a microphone; it sounds funny, but in a pinch you can plug in your headphones and yell into the earpiece. It’s not pretty, but it gets the job done. Some mixers have a talkover button that lowers the level of the music while you’re talking and is often used by mobile DJs to announce tunes and direct the even.

BPM counter

Most mixers have BPM (beats per minute, or tempo) counters, which let you see at a glance if the BPM of your sound files match up in order to create smooth transitions.

The Pioneer DJM-S3 is a 2-channel mixer that’s ready for use with Serato DJ right out of the box.


It’s ultimately your speakers’ job to broadcast your sound to your audience. So clearly, it’s important to have a good set. Whether you need speakers as part of your DJ rig depends on the venues you play in. If you perform in clubs or other venues that have their own PA systems, you will likely simply plug directly into them. If, on the other hand, you perform at parties and places where there’s no sound system, you’ll need to have your own amplification system and speakers. In that case your best bet will be to go with powered PA speakers, which eliminate the need for a standalone amplifier.

Musician’s Friend carries a wide selection of speakers that will suit any setup. And if you need additional guidance finding a good set, you can check out the speaker section in our PA system buyer’s guide.

Remember to include speaker stands when figuring your budget. Elevating speakers is usually essential for projecting your music throughout the venue.

Browse the huge Musician’s Friend selection of powered PA speakers and subwoofers.

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Cricut Maker

The new Cricut Maker can tackle almost any DIY project without breaking a sweat. This is mostly due to the improved design of the rotary blade and the expandable suite of tools. By getting your hands on this professional cutting machine, you can enjoy a new level of performance, working easily with hundreds of different types of materials.

From the softest fabric and paper to materials leaning more on the tougher side of things like leather, balsa wood, and matboard, the Maker smartly adapts to each kind of material for unleashing your ultimate creative potential.

The toolset offered by this machine is completely outstanding. You can more conveniently cut, write, and score a multitude of materials with an extra level of precision and control. Interestingly, Cricut doesn’t stop here as it offers the possibility for constant expansion by bringing more and more tools in time. As the master grows in its craft, so does the Maker.

One aspect that’s definitely a huge factor when you are evaluating the performance of any cutting machine is its precision. The Maker’s rotary blade doesn’t hold back one bit as it transforms fabric cutting in a simple task with customizable precision. You can execute professional-level cuttings right in your home on a wide variety of fabrics such as cotton, denim, and fleece. Without backing material, it quickly and accurately cuts through essentially any fabric.

The Adaptive Tool System is a feature of the Maker that smartly controls the direction of the blade as well as other aspects like the cut pressure so that it perfectly matches the used material. Cricut made some welcomed improvements in terms of cutting power so that more materials are now available to work with.

Little things like the extra built-in storage, the docking slot for smart devices, and the convenient USB port add up to make your DIY experience much more comfortable. The digital sewing pattern library contributes to an enjoyable crafting experience as you select from hundreds of patterns the one you like, send it to the machine to take care of the cutting and marking and after you sew it together, the job’s done.

A very novice-friendly machine, the Cricut Maker works flawlessly straight out of the box and is sure to be a big hit among many crafters and DIY enthusiasts. Considering how professionally this machine treats any cutting job and the multitude of features for making the process simpler, the cost is relatively low and for this reason, is fully recommended.

Cricut Explore Air Wireless Cutting Machine

It doesn’t too often happen to stumble upon such a reliable, performant and high-quality machine like the Cricut Explore Air Wireless Cutting Machine. Designed to cut from the basic DIY crafts all the way up to more complex projects, this vinyl cutter has a great potential to satisfy your needs.

The most striking feature of the Explorer is the wireless capabilities. It permits wireless cutting through the embedded Bluetooth technology.  You no longer have to mess around with unnecessary cords and your workspace will look less cluttered. Cutting is now basically possible through many devices connected to the machine, like a PC, Mac, iPhone or iPad from which you can send the projects. One bonus feature is the syncing across all these devices as apps are cloud-based.

Intended for home use, the Cricut Explorer will boost the creative potential of its user to incredible levels. Making all kinds of decorations, invitations or favors has never been easier. Add your personal touch to a wedding gift or some fancy embellishments to your most memorable photos. With more than 50.000 images, projects and fonts present in the Cricut Image Library, the possibilities are endless.

Cutting can be done on a variety of materials such as paper, adhesive vinyl and even tougher ones like leather. To simplify the creative process, the machine possesses dual carriage which turns procedures like cutting and scoring or cutting and writing in just one step. Having to remember complicated materials settings can easily become annoying but thanks to Explorer’s Smart Set dial you can now get just the right cut on virtually every material out there.

On the basis of all these powerful features, I am more than excited to recommend this high-quality product. It cuts precisely and efficiently and there are no complaints on its performance, especially when cutting vinyl this machine works flawlessly.

Silhouette Portrait

Smaller than a Cameo but offering great flexibility and decent performance, the Portrait from Silhouette is a very good cutting machine suited for all your creative endeavors. The material selection is very wide, it uses paper, vinyl, cardstock, fabric, chipboard and much more. In fact, it can cut over 100 materials, an impressive feat indeed.

If you are looking to make a very balanced investment than the Silhouette Portrait is very fitting being lightweight, simple to use, flexible and offering excellent quality for your everyday crafting needs.





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Final Word

First of all thanks for reading my article to the end! I hope you find my reviews listed here useful and that it allows you to make a proper comparison of what is best to fit your needs and budget. Don’t be afraid to try more than one product if your first pick doesn’t do the trick.

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