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4.8 | 2,623 customer ratings
95% of the ratings are 4-stars or 5-stars
My son has one of the Fisher Price plastic xylophones that has the plastic mallet attached to it with a string, and he has almost no interest in it other than chewing on the mallet. I've tried to play with it, but the string is so short that it makes it difficult and the sound isn't as nice and I wanted it to. I had a wooden xylophone
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By Kaitlyn
This is the most beautiful toy I've seen in a while. In an age when everything is mass produced, this has the feel of something a talented grandfather might lovingly make in his house. The quality is outstanding, it's perfectly in tune (not easy to find with kids' instruments) and it comes wrapped in a cute little box that is gift-ready
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By Jen Allgayer
Hi, let me first state that my daughter liked the product. However, within the first day the round ball at the end of the mallet came off. The ball is small and so is a choking hazard. Our daughter wasn't playing with it rough at all, simply playing the instrument mildly. I was curious how easy it would be to take the ball off the
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By Melinda Bobish
4.8 | 968 customer ratings
93% of the ratings are 4-stars or 5-stars
I broke this bad boy out at a Little League championship game. Birds dropped dead from the sky. I can't even transport it. I tried wrapping it in a sweatshirt and it still clanked around like I had a sack full of gnomes playing horseshoes. You could tie it to a buoy and keep freighters off the rocks.

It's
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By David Traver Adolphus
I consider myself to be a connoisseur of cowbells. I've been a professional jazz cowbell player since I was 3 years old growing up in the backwoods of Omaha (the true origin of jazz cowbell playing). I have a collection of over 2,322.4 cowbells and have never been satisfied. That was until I stumbled across this beauty. This cowbell is
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By Lindsey
Love the cow bell. Bought it to teach my horse to ring a bell. He loves
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By Cathy G
4.7 | 9,144 customer ratings
94% of the ratings are 4-stars or 5-stars
Pros:
* Multiple joints that slide well, easy to tune and adjust pinky holes
* Sounds just like I remember from 20 years ago
* I learned how to play the Harry Potter song and I can reliably get 70-80% of the notes correct

Cons:
* My roommates have it made it clear that they don't think learning recorder is
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By Ryan Sharp
On a Friday the school sends home a letter that says our kids are going to be learning the recorder and they need to bring one to school... on Monday.

I crisis ordered this bad boy. Turns out there's options for recorders. It's been a minute since I played the recorder in grade school and I had no idea what I was shopping for.
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By KBerco
Pros:
- Really easy to grip.
- No issues playing this thing. Easy finding material on the internet (sheet music) and YouTube (tutorials).

Cons:
- My dog believes I am summoning the devil whenever I play
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By Adam P.
4.7 | 2,551 customer ratings
94% of the ratings are 4-stars or 5-stars
Love them!! Great for the classroom!

So I decided to create this video of the Silent Mind ~ Antique Design Tibetan Singing Bowl Set ~ With Mallet & Silk Cushion ~ For Meditation, Chakra Healing, Prayer ,Yoga, and Mindfulness ~ Perfect Gift & Woodstock Solo Silver Zenergy Chime- Eastern Energies Collection.

I love the
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By Mervin A.
I have purchased many items through Amazon, but this is the first I've felt the need to review. I bought this to use in my Kindergarten classroom (along with the book "What Does it Mean to be Present?" and it has been amazing! We use it to get our bodies calm at the beginning of the day as well as after my students return from
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By TXgirl
I did my homework, and looked at many different chimes and Tibetan singing bowls. I am trying to teach myself to meditate, and to conquer my almost crippling anxiety. I had formed a vague idea that listening to a pure, resonating note from a chime might be a good way to center my mind and to bring my mind back when it tends to wander.
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By Connie
4.7 | 1,443 customer ratings
93% of the ratings are 4-stars or 5-stars
I bought the three pack for myself and my children. I was surprised by how great they sounded. I like that you can tune them on the neck. It was really easy to pick up and play. I am able to play this by ear using this little recorder. The only issues I have is the transparency makes it so you see all the condensation. The neck get
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By Carrie S. Seamons
This is a fantastic recorder for the price. It's bascially very similar to major brands like Yamaha, but for a little less. This will work for school kids or for anyone who wants an interesting music making instrument. I'm going to give it some more practice and see if I can't make a song with this little instrument!
Don't forget, if
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By Lance Allen
My family is very diverse and everyone is challenged to learn a new instrument. We have selected inexpensive but not cheaply made ones to begin. The recorder appears to be an easy instrument to learn so was a definite choice. If you are far removed from the grade school education, you will need more than the included directions for
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By Tommie J Barkley
4.6 | 3,011 customer ratings
90% of the ratings are 4-stars or 5-stars
I am giving this a 5 star review in protest. I HATE recorders. I would NEVER buy one voluntarily. However, apparently my daughter's new school uses them as part of the music program from grades 3-5. (AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHGODNOPLEASEHELPMEICANTTAKEIT!) and she needed one. So as much as I HATE recorders, this one seems to be much more
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By ARoseIsARose
I am 25 and decided for 2016 I was going to fulfill my childhood goals and one of those was learn how to play some sort of pipe/wind instrument. I got the recorder mostly because it was in my price range. The color of the recorder was exactly how it appeared on the screen (was worried it might turn out a different shade of yelloe) but it
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By Amazon Customer
I really would prefer not to give it the "I love it" rating. However that is because of the constant sounds that are produced by a fourth grade student and nothing to do with the actual instrument. All parents can probably related to the joy you have when your child comes home proudly announcing they are learning recorders this
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By sometimes I go Ingognito
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4.6 | 1,132 customer ratings
89% of the ratings are 4-stars or 5-stars
This recorder is great. It does precisely what you think it will do, and it looks cool doing it. I recommend buying it as a gift for the child of someone you don't particularly like or at least someone who can take a joke. I especially recommend buying it for someone who lives far far away. In the hands of a recorder virtuoso, I'm sure it
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By Joe Mancino
As with any recorder, this one is just irritating enough to get the job done. My daughter loves it and it is getting her through the recorder phase in school. This recorder, much like any other "professional" recorder, suggests to a child that they have the potential to be a professional recorder player one day in their future and
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By Jessi B.
This is a great recorder. We just use it at home for fun. I hope to eventually teach my children how to play something on it but for now they just pretend to know what they are doing and have a blast. It comes in a nice little bag with some sort of cleaning rod. I should probably read the directions on how to use that but just the fact
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By BattFam
4.6 | 726 customer ratings
92% of the ratings are 4-stars or 5-stars
Took a risk when I purchased this because it hadn't been reviewed. So glad I did. I own a Yamaha 402b Ecodear, a yamaha 314B, and a Hohner Pearwood. This is like playing a piece of heaven. The tone is mellow and rich. Just such a joy to play. I find it hard to believe this quality for under 20 bucks! The case is plastic, nothing special,
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By Daniel G
Most of us learn to play recorder on inexpensive plastic instruments. There is nothing wrong with that. Frankly some them (such as Eastar's own) sound and play amazingly well. -Far better than the plastic instruments of not too many years ago. But that said, there is nothing like the sound and feel of a well crafted wooden recorder.
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By Geetar Don
So, I play recorder, and I own several mid-range ones (those cost in the hundreds, whereas pro, handmade instruments can cost well into the thousands), as well as a Yamaha Ecodear and Aulos recorders (costs around $30 each), and I've tested the wood Hohner one. Given that, for a bit over $20, getting a wood recorder that actually plays
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By MD
4.6 | 634 customer ratings
90% of the ratings are 4-stars or 5-stars
I played trombone in high school and wanted to pick it back up as a hobby. Marching, Jazz, Pep, and Concert. I just needed a starter trombone for some scales and simple songs so I could evaluate whether I should invest in a full instrument again. This is perfect for that, and I think it's actually great for anyone who wants to learn
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By Providential
I gave this 5 stars with a "but". It 5 stars isn't because its the best trombone in the world. It is just better than anyone would expect from a plastic and fiberglass trombone; especially from china.

Its light, the slide moves very freely. No sticking at all, even for its light weight. Rest the slide on the ground and yank
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By B-row
As an instrument...I have to say, not half bad--especially if you use a metal mouthpiece. I bought a couple of those cheaper Blessing ones, a 12c and 6.5al and honestly it sounds pretty decent. It's definitely way better than what I was expecting, even after reading all the effusive reviews. What's more, it looks cool as hell. It actually
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By mattmattmatt
4.6 | 538 customer ratings
89% of the ratings are 4-stars or 5-stars
Got this for my wife after an operation so she could summon me ;) . Very attractive and nice quality sound. She likes it a lot -- maybe too
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By Munchiniwa
This was perfect for my
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By Nichole Graves
This is junk. Pretty junk, but junk nonetheless. The striker is on a chain, so after one ring, it just spins around the bell with centripetal force. The sound is not loud at all. The handle unscrewed right away, and now the ball of the striker flew off after one day of use. I’m returning
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By Megmyday
4.5 | 2,036 customer ratings
89% of the ratings are 4-stars or 5-stars
My husband has been playing trumpet for 15 years. He has owned a Bach, several student models, and even a Holton model. He said this trumpet has very smooth airflow, the valves are heavy duty and great quality. The trumpet is solid and not at all flimsy. The finish is beautiful. It has a copper lead pipe. He said its a beautiful
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By RatingQueen
There is only one reason to give it five stars: it is a hundred-dollar instrument, and I have some deep philosophical objections to them. That said, this is as good as a hundred-dollar instrument can be. No, it is better than you should expect. It's a three-hundred dollar instrument masquerading as a hundred-dollar
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By Michael D. Sweeney
Crappy trumpet. Avoid at all costs. It’s better to buy a quality used student horn. On the plus side, we use the case for the student horn we bought, and I turned this trumpet into a fountain. Maybe I got my money’s
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By Lurchbird
4.6 | 414 customer ratings
89% of the ratings are 4-stars or 5-stars
Love it,nice blue color and perfect size,the singing sound feels like singing bowls,my brother is a drum player and he can play a music,my sister is a psychotherapist,she likes to have one to keep at the office and help her
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By Susan
These steal tongue drums are fantastic! Encourages music and creativity well does not make too much loud obnoxious noises like other instruments might make. My brother had one spot my kids a drum set that was cheap and made horrible noises. This is easier for them to use and they like trying to figure out the number correlation with a
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By Jennifer Watson
I tried a similar product at a local market but that one was well over a $100.00. I looked on Amazon and ordered this model. I love it! Very well made and packaged, and the most important aspect-the quality of sound-is
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By MusicFreak74
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4.5 | 692 customer ratings
89% of the ratings are 4-stars or 5-stars
Worth every penny and then some. I never played a reed instrument before buying this, and I was dubious whether I'd get an instrument, or a clarinet shaped object. When I pulled it out of the case, I didn't even know how to put it together. I'd never touched a reed before let alone assembled a ligature. I couldn't even get a note to come
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By Kodack
Great Clarinet for my Jr. High Student! I bought this for my daughter for her 6th grade Band. I was a little worried that it wouldn't last or her band teacher wouldn't let you use it. She took it to class and showed her band teacher and he put it together. Then tested it and told her it was a nice clarinet. She is now going in the
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By Edward
Good student Clarinet. Mine arrived quickly and with the case shown. I played Clarinet all through elementary, junior high & high school, so was fairly advanced. Now 30 years later I missed playing so I looked for an affordable instrument I could play for my own enjoyment and this clarinet is perfect. I was able to start playing right
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By Tracy
4.4 | 2,176 customer ratings
86% of the ratings are 4-stars or 5-stars
I am a 55 year old and 46 year flute player who has played professionally on my own recordings, and for radio and TV and taught the flute. I am classically trained but I play jazz and rock flute the most. I record in my home studio as well. I know the flute very well and I am an official flute snob. .) I wanted to review this flute since
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By Roger in AZ
My mind is blown. I've played flute practically my whole life. I wanted a practice instrument that I could leave at my city condo so I didn't have to keep carrying my Yamaha with me. I saw this and couldn't believe the price. But I really don't have hundreds to spend on another instrument that will just be used in my practice room. I
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By DX Victor
I am a professional flutist and was looking for an inexpensive beginner flute to recommend to beginner students. I tried it out and it plays in tune, has a great tone, and looks beautiful. I was surprised by the quality of the flute for the price. This is not the cheap-o quality flute here. It comes with the cleaning kit which is
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By FlutElla
4.8 | 141 customer ratings
97% of the ratings are 4-stars or 5-stars
These chimes scream quality in terms of workmanship, presentation and sound. The chimes are beautiful with strong overtones and a sparkly tiny bell like ring. Amazingly, the hardwood handle (ash?) has a clave like resonance when struck with a wood mallet—better sounding than my two sets of claves! I use this instrument sparingly in my
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By P.K. Frary
These are not a toy. The bars are solid, have a very musical tone that is so pleasing to the ear, and the sound is so nice, you might not want to stop. Depending on how and where you touch them or strike them a distinct and different musical tone is heard, so the sounds are virtually limitless. The bars are attached with a very nice
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By Kindle Customer
These chimes are extremely well-made. They have a very pleasant sound. I am using them in my classroom, as another reviewer mentioned, as a way to get the attention of the class when needed. We do lots of collaborative activities, so instead of having to shout over the noise, I just play the chimes to signal that it's time to pause
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By Melissa C.
4.4 | 1,816 customer ratings
85% of the ratings are 4-stars or 5-stars
For the price you simply cannot go wrong. I usually hate cheap horns that my students get. I have seen some of these Taiwan / China horns literally fall apart in kids hands. But after reading the reviews of the Mendini I decided to give it a go for my daughter when she wanted to join band.

Well... my beautiful old 90 year old
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By bookscdsdvdsandcoolstuff
I purchased this Sax in 2014 for my then 6th grade daughter. I didn't want to spent a ton of money on something I wasn't sure she was going to follow through with. 3 years later and she is 1st chair in the Advanced/Jazz band! This has been perfect. We had a few issues but all were minor. Now I'm going to purchase another for my son who is
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By Toothfairy
You get what you pay for. Very poor quality product. I read the reviews on the saxophone before purchasing. Yes, there was some 1 star reviews, but there were tons of good reviews that I thought offset the bad ones. Boy was I wrong! As you can read for yourself on plenty of other reviews, the low C is useless. Completely useless. Most of
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By Carrie L
4.5 | 451 customer ratings
90% of the ratings are 4-stars or 5-stars
I'm 74 and decided to take up playing a Saxophone. Never played anything before. Taking lessons, put together first time at lesson. The instructor said was perfect for what I want, will last me a long time. There was no need for me to buy a more expensive one at this time. While putting neck into horn, he said was built very well,
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By John from Ventura
I'm not an expert, but I've played a while and I own a variety of saxophones. I currently own 2 baritones, 2 tenors, with this purchase 3 altos, 1 curved soprano and 2 Roland Aerophones. I was looking for a less expensive alto to replace another one. I've tried multiple lower end saxophones (Glory, Mendini, Ammoon, etc.,) but I was
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By A. Ford
Okay, before I start talkin' I gotta say that I've been playing Baritone Sax for years. I messed around with alto and tenor sax and I was a marching bari for my marching band.With that said, the saxophone it self IS GREAT...change the mouth peice and reeds and case. Yeah, change everything, but the sax. I'm not too big on flash, like red
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By Oche
4.6 | 246 customer ratings
89% of the ratings are 4-stars or 5-stars
This is a great instrument. It has a sound that rivals recorders that cost over $1000. The look is fantastic. I'm primarily a bassoonist, and while my maple bassoon is shinier (bassoons usually have a heavy coat of varnish as opposed to the light oil rub on recorders), the look of this woodgrain pattern is pretty close to my bassoon. The
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By Sean
I usually play a soprano recorder. I was a trumpet player before I had an accident with my embouchure. This is my first alto and I have better control of the notes, but since I am used to play a soprano I need to practice more since the fingers now are more spread than with the other one, fair enough. In my case the tones of the lower
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By JR
I didn't care for the faux rosewood finish, I only got it because everyone seems to say it grips and sounds better than the unpainted model. After playing this for a few months, I have to say I was disappointed. The finish is satiny so it feels as slippery like paper. I actually prefer the glassy grip of smooth plastic. From the get go
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4.4 | 965 customer ratings
85% of the ratings are 4-stars or 5-stars
This instrument is a real steal for the price. I received it at the promised time, which was great. Keep in mind to this review that I'm a beginning player, just with an ear and eye for detail. Now to the actual instrument:

Violin:
- Sounds alright, doesn't sound extremely bright or dark. Doesn't sound extremely shrill and
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By Unique Username
I've been playing my Mendini 4/4 MV500 violin for 14 months now and absolutely love it. To put my review into context, I am in my 40s and decided just over a year ago to fulfill a longtime desire to learn the violin. I now have 50 lessons under my belt and am playing scales, arpeggios and some simple children's tunes.

The
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By DM
Warning.... For a violin under $200, don't expect to play an instrument that sounds like a high-end violin.
That being said, my expectations were exceeded with this violin and I am thrilled with the sounds and the look is just fantastic!

Some of the things I did with this violin. I took it in to the local music shop and
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By Marv
4.4 | 927 customer ratings
83% of the ratings are 4-stars or 5-stars
I just got my Glory silver/gold keys E Flat Alto Saxophone in the mail today. It came very nicely packaged everything pictured in the description. I cannot believe how great this horn sounds! I previously had a professional sax that I paid over $2,000. This one was just over $200 and it sounds BETTER! Even with the mouthpiece that
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By Bonnie J. Mcphail
I bought 4 of these Glory Alto Saxophones recently for a band class I'm teaching this year for beginners at our small school in rural Alaska. Obviously the most compelling feature is the price (relative to many student models that start near or over $1,000), but I was also drawn by the overall decent reviews. Alto sax is the instrument
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By Akiuk Memorial School orders
I'm a working piano player with over 50 years of professional experience. I played sax in Jr. high & high school band & decided I wanted to take up sax again. I read all of the mixed reviews but with the cheap price & the beauty of the sax I bought one. That was a mistake.

I bought the black body one with gold keys & it's a
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By BluesPiano88