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June 2010 | Vol. IX - No. 6


Hear Musical Instruments Perform on Video

Composers Orchestrate With Laser Beams and Neckties

Want to create a beautiful, orchestral arrangement? It's all in your hands with The Beamz, a laser-beamed "instrument" for error-free music making. You can also check out videos of more classic toy instruments, along with a not-so-traditional strum-worthy necktie.

MSRP: $45.00
Age Range: 3 and up
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Preschool
Musical Toys

This boxed, musical trio includes trumpet, saxophone and clarinet with color-coded keys and a shiny silver sheen. Bontempi’s boxed horns are color coded and with Bontempi’s 7 Note 7 Color Musical method, can be played right out of the box.
— This shiny trio of instruments is a best seller at Kazoo & Company in Denver, Owner Diana Nelson told TDmonthly in early 2009.
— Jeanne McCullough, owner of Children's Store Inc. in Boise, Idaho, said in January 2010 that her Bontempi instruments “sell like crazy.”
— “[They are] great little instruments that sound nice,” said Nerice Kendter, owner of Busy Bee Toys in Doylestown, Pa., when asked by TDmonthly about best sellers in the music department.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 15107      (added 9/10/2007)

Gender: Boys
Category: Musical Toys

These musical neckties are made of corrugated sheet metal and can be played as a musical instrument when strumming metal-capped fingers along it.

ToyDirectory Product ID#: 27676      (added 3/24/2010)

MSRP: $44.95
Age Range: 6 and up
SKU or Item #: 1204C
Launch Date: January 2005
Gender: Both
Category: Educational
Musical Toys

The thumb piano or marimba is easy to play and has a quiet soothing sound. By gently striking the ends of the keys with your thumbs, you can play familiar melodies and rhythms or improvise your own. It is a fun instrument to play since anything you play on it sounds good. "The Schoenhut Thumb Piano has twelve metal tongues or keys," explained Kristy Schaffer, manager of Schoenhut. "It is primarily a percussion rhythm instrument. Simple songs are easily tapped out using only your thumbs. It is tuned to the C key. Each instrument is handcrafted." It won a 2005 Dr. Toy Best Children's Vacation Products. Launch date: 2005
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 20224      (added 8/25/2008)

MSRP: $39.50
Age Range: 3 and up
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Musical Toys

High quality construction and accurate intonation make this 8-Note Handbell Set a great value. Each of the eight metal bells are marked with the proper note in the C-C range and corresponding number to help children learn the musical scale. Standing five inches tall, the long handles enable players to grasp the bells securely. Launch date: 2008.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 27793      (added 3/30/2010)

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Julie L. JonesWriter's Bio: Julie L. Jones has written articles for both newspapers and magazines. Before joining the staff of TDmonthly Magazine, she worked as a communications writer and provided editorial support for a market research company. Read more articles by this author

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