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    Default New tapware

    We're putting in a new bathroom from scratch and are overwhelmed by the choice of taps/prices. We like the 'look' of Bastow but it seems so much cheaper than everything else. Would really appreciate any comments or experience on this brand.

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    I think bastow are the old x or t type taps ??
    I just bought two sets of similar from bunnings for $25 each
    did not come with any spout but had everything else.
    Came in a neat cardboard box not like the other cheaper range in plastic.
    See if I still have the box for the actual design.

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    My plumber mates feel the weight of the taps so if they don't fell heavy they're not right for them. Personally I have not used this approach but there is a reason for choosing a heavy tap too

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    cabuckley - welcome to the forum! If you can help by identifying the "style" of tapware you're after I may be able to advise, but I specialise in period stuff only. There are a lot of alternatives in modern tapware but very few in what I call "authentic" period (in Australia) - and you can pay a fortune for high quality taps. I guess it also depends on how long you need them to last. Might sound like a weird statement but a lot of people just want the look for long enough to sell their house.
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    Hi Seriph1, Ricardito and NWW1969
    Really appreciate your advice ... my husband and I are very new to renovating and to the forum so thanks for the welcome! We're looking at Bastow tapware in their Federation Range in chrome finish http://www.awardbrands.com.au/PDF/Bastow%20Brochure.pdf This renovation is going to be our ‘forever’ house so we want quality that’s going to last without a hefty price tag. We like the look of the large shower rose (150mm) on a gooseneck rod plus the corresponding bath and basin sets of taps & spouts.
    They seem relatively cheap next to other options hence our hesitation; saw them at E&S Trading at DFO Essendon

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    I believe Bastow are a reasonable quality tap, so long as you grease the O ring and install them with a decent washer. Try a Reece or Tradelink showroom, they stock Bastow as well as a heap of alternatives at varying prices and the people there know there stuff, unlike people from bunnings.
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    Default some nice tapware

    here are a few nice images of tapware etc.
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails mantleshelf.jpg   p1010052.jpg   p1010074.jpg   tap3.jpg   313492274_tp.jpg  

    302156-1-.jpg   41302057-1-.jpg   bcroyale-1-.jpg   monarque.jpg   bw_poulie.jpg  

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    The above tapware ranges in price (RRP) from hundreds to thousands of dollars and while not all of them are available in Australia, most are.

    I have found Reece very helpful but their "period style" range seems very limited.
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    Thanks for advice and pictures; very helpful! Next stop Reece and Tradelink to do some more homework

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