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4.8 | 3,511 customer ratings
96% 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
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4.8 | 1,288 customer ratings
94% 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
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4.7 | 14,520 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.
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4.7 | 3,230 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.

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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
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4.7 | 1,689 customer ratings
94% 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
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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
4.7 | 1,678 customer ratings
94% of the ratings are 4-stars or 5-stars
- Some really positive stuff -
* This is a full brass trumpet, not one of the cheapie plastic trumpets that cost as much or more. It looks gorgeous, the finish is smooth and bright and polished to a mirror finish. I don't know how to tell if it's thick and will last, but my son's Yamaha trumpet has dulled over the years of use and
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By Nexus One
I must admit for the price I was extremely skeptical, but with the abundance of positive reviews I ordered this horn. I am very positively impressed. Upon unboxing, I very closely examined the horn; the plating and finish is flawless. The slides are smooth, as are the valves. I oiled the valves, and I put the horn to the test. Valve
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By Rodney Beanheimer
This starter set for the Trumpet is a great value. You get everything you need right out of the box to get started playing. The kit comes with a Bb Trumpet, pair of white gloves, a mouth piece, and a cleaning kit. The case is my favorite part of this package, it is fantastic and can hold everything you need plus have extra pockets in
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4.6 | 4,472 customer ratings
91% 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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4.6 | 2,985 customer ratings
90% 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
LOVE this trumpet! I bought two of them for my daughter and niece (both 11) who joined band this year. They both said they like these better than the Jupiter brand (really expensive) trumpets they were renting from the school's supplier. Lighter weight and plays beautifully. If you are shopping for a student, I HIGHLY recommend this
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By Donna D
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
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4.6 | 1,430 customer ratings
89% of the ratings are 4-stars or 5-stars
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
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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
I love this recorder! I purchase this product for under $3 and honestly at that price I wasn't expecting much. But I was pleasantly surprised. It came in a nice little plastic carrying pouch with a cleaning rod and everything. It is a nice sturdy plastic material that has held up to my 3 children quite nicely. My one year old gets great
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By BattFam
4.5 | 2,493 customer ratings
87% 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 have been a musician for 57 years. I play multiple instruments, but just decided to take up the saxophone. I bought this one by Mendini (Nickel) because I am on a fixed income and it is inexpensive. I have had it for nearly a week and so far I am not disappointed. All the advice I read said I should pay $500 minimum for a beginner sax.
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By Jarold S. Williams
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
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By Toothfairy
4.6 | 727 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'm not a trombone player myself, and it was my son who I ordered this for. When it arrived we did a quick comparison between this pBone and his brass Yamaha. I was really amazed at the tone of the pBone. I was expecting it to sound noticeably muted, but it had a nice ring to it. The brass can be played to louder volumes and rings
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By BKarno
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
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By mattmattmatt
4.6 | 684 customer ratings
88% of the ratings are 4-stars or 5-stars
This is a lovely little tongue drum that is fun to sit and enjoy the sound of. No matter how learned you are with it. Highly recommend
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By IrishPirateQueen
Absolutely love this little 8-note tongue drum. The tone is beautiful, clear, and melodic. I purchased this more for meditation and to use with my sound healing tools. It's very soothing. Everyone who has come over since this arrived loves it and has to play it in some manner or another. The grand kids love it and are learning to play
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By Small~Town~Girl
Nice small drum with good sound but the company name etched on top ruins the aesthetic. I will be returning. Color is closer to black than
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By nikkiB
4.7 | 403 customer ratings
94% of the ratings are 4-stars or 5-stars
This drum has a wonderful sound, in special when played  with the mallets included. The finger tapping is ok but I found that it was too muted for my liking and my fingers got sore quickly. The mallets are comfortable and produce a lovely sound.  The drum looks well made, its small and portable in his own carrying bag, also
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By Sra Lobaluz
I did a lot of research on tongue drums before purchasing this one. For the price, the sound is very nice and sounds like the videos posted by people who reviewed it. I bought the 10 inch and it has a silver metallic finish. It’s got a nice, deep non-tinny tone and can be played directly with your hands, but the mallets produce much
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By SoundsGood2Me
I like the smooth sounds of this steel tongue drum. It is calm, serene sounds are amazing. When I play, I automatically want to fall asleep. Other times, it takes me to another place when I'm in nature playing it. I truly recommend purchasing this instrument as it will change your life, especially if you're looking to heal or just
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By Sirod
4.6 | 606 customer ratings
92% of the ratings are 4-stars or 5-stars
This won't please trumpet snobs, and it doesn't hold the pedigree of an expensive trumpet brand, and your super expensive horn is probably better, but this trumpet is of good quality and good sound. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to anyone.

It sounds exactly like a trumpet - this was the most important part. Even if the
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By ben
Give or take a few bucks. I picked mine up almost 2 years ago. I won't say I play it often. I've been playing trumpet on and off for over 20 years. My normal horns are a '92 Bach Strat 25 for classical and a '56 Olds Super for jazz. Why'd I buy this? Because it was $120 (when I bought it).

TOTALLY worth
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By Tomas Rodriguez
UPDATE:
So the 'trick' to getting the most out of this was to stretch out the valve springs ALMOST DOUBLE. Now I get a really snappy return, however any oil other than Blue Juice produces a noisy valve return. I've added a fourth star to my rating because despite this quirk, this resonant little beauty has become my go-to
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By Ken Mora
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4.7 | 368 customer ratings
93% of the ratings are 4-stars or 5-stars
Very effective. There are 2 of each color but you really only need 1 on at a time to make some real noise because it did carry volume since the bells were large enough and, therefore, it also held a little weight. Used in a Christmas play for a dance routine with children ages 7-15, along with myself and it fit all wrists. Velcro is
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By CB
I got these for my little kindergarten and 1st grade music students to use at their holiday concert. For the price I paid, I wasn't expecting much. But the quality is actually very good! They're thick, the bells won't be falling off any time soon, and it looks like they'll last for quite
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By RML
I purchased these for my kids to use singing Jingle Bells. The wrist band is small even for a child, but they work just fine looped around fingers. If you actually want to be able to put them on wrists, I would suggest a larger
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By G Baumann
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4.5 | 1,240 customer ratings
86% 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
What a mistake. I bought this for my wife so that she could summon me to make her another martini or bring her a snack. She said she loves this "butler bell." I hate it. Every time I hear it, I come running. Where's my bell? Nobody is waiting on me. I need a butler bell, too, and a butler! Seriously, though, it's well made and
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By Kevin C. Steiger
This was perfect for my
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By Nichole Graves
4.5 | 1,237 customer ratings
88% of the ratings are 4-stars or 5-stars
This Eastar EFL-2 is an incredible budget flute that can rub elbows with the bigger brand names in the same category! I have been a high school band director for 18 years and upon inspection, this flute is just as robust as instruments 3, 4, 5x its price! I had an advanced flute player use it in band and in the mix, the flute definitely
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By ICO MEDIA
What a fantastic flute and package!
This is a great quality beginner’s flute however it is at home in the hands of a more experienced flautist.

In addition to the instrument being well balanced, constructed and padded, it has has all the accessories you need to maintain and clean it.

The case is a soft sided
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By Francis Chau
Best buy out there, especially if you are a beginner. I am not, but didn't want to spend a thousand dollars on a new flute.
Unfortunately I never received the advertised stand, otherwise I was very satisfied and you'll not find more satisfactory flute for that low, low price.
UPDATE: They read my review and sent me a stand
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By Teg Fulton
4.5 | 1,228 customer ratings
86% 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
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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
4.5 | 1,039 customer ratings
87% 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
4.6 | 508 customer ratings
91% of the ratings are 4-stars or 5-stars
My Daughter is the only student in the class that has this flute. She came home yesterday and said the teacher told he she had the best sounding C note in the entire class. She loves this instrument, I’m happy that it makes her feel confident and
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By Roy
What better review then a letter to a mom who’s worried that this flute isn’t “the one”:

It’s not meant to be the best flute in the world. Or even the best one for her. She wouldn’t even be able to recognize that flute right now. And neither would we. We wouldn’t know whether to pay $100 or $1000 and we might be
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By William Gruner
This was a worthwhile purchase since I didn't know if I'd like to play the flute but since I did, I bought a new one for lots more. This one has some problems...once condensation builds up inside, you'll get about a good half hour before the tone takes a dump after that it slowly becomes unplayable, you get maybe an hour of practice
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By Carol K.