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  • World's cutest and weirdest musical instrument
  • By pressing down various parts of the tail button, different pitch and tone will start playing
  • Move its mouth and Otamatone will start singing for you
  • Shipped Directly from Japan
  • Produced by Maywa Denki
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Product Details

  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Origin: Japan
  • ASIN: B002IGTOZQ
  • Item model number: otamatone-wh
  • Manufacturer recommended age: 5 years and up
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,158 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
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Size Description: Approx. 27cm long

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Customer Reviews

Totally worth it, and do not regret buying.
Kai Tawa
It is a fun musical instrument to play around with.
BDC
It is a good quality product,made very well.
Lisa Bryant

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

273 of 279 people found the following review helpful By Brant Martin on May 8, 2012
Interesting toy. It was a challenge to figure out the exact spots on the neck to tune the notes, but fun, nonetheless.
I'd give it 5 stars, but when a couple friends and I tried to play Greensleeves, like in the product demo, a rift opened up between us and released the four horsemen of the apocalypse.

4/5 Fun toy, but brought the End Times >:(
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful By D. Sacerdote on June 30, 2013
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I bought an Otamatone after stumbling on a YouTube video in which one was being played. It fascinated me, and I immediately clicked over to Amazon to buy one. I've had an awesome, fun time with it ever since.

The tone is generated on a touchpad along the neck of the instrument. By squeezing the "cheeks" of the face at the bottom of the Otamatone, a "wah-wah" effect can be produced. Because the touchpad produces a variable tone range - think "trombone" or one of those tin whistles with the slide - it can be kind of challenging to hit the right notes until you really get used to it. Unlike many musical toys, you will have to devote some time and attention to an Otamatone before you can start producing anything that sounds decent. That's probably why one reviewer called it "an expensive toy" that couldn't make "real" music.

Anyway, my friends and I have had a great time with the Otamatone, jamming along with the radio and using it as a ridiculous extra instrument in the band. Is it a serious musical instrument? HELL NO. Is it loads of fun after you've put some time into getting used to it? HELL YES.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Ehsaan Hossain on August 25, 2013
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My brother and I saw this on youtube and laughed for hours, so I bought him one for his 30th birthday. We play it all the time! Might buy another one.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By David N. Hendler on January 17, 2014
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Learned about this on youtube, gave myself a hernia from laughing so hard from the video! I knew I had to give my brother one for his birthday. It got its first workout at my son's wedding, and the newly weds marched out of the ceremony to the cacophony of beautiful music. The cons: could be louder. Battery doesn't last too long. You really need some instructions on how to play professionally. Smaller than expected (I know, there is a jumbo size, if you want to pay). Costly, all things considered. The Pros: Made even my sour faced mother-in-law laugh. Made my kids laugh hysterically when the instrument induced the passage of (harmonious) gas from my mother-in-law's derriere, as she was laughing. SO: If you suffer from depression, anger issues, need a good laugh, or have $50 to blow on nonsense, this is one great musical instrument.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Icant_Taco on December 8, 2013
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Bought this for my boyfriend last year for Xmas, he thought it was the best singing Sperm he'd ever seen.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kai Tawa on February 10, 2014
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My Otamatone arrived weeks before it was scheduled to and in perfect condition. Included from the seller (Japan Syndrome) was an adorable origami crane and a letter of thanks as well.

I am a professional music teacher, so I will include some musician-related thoughts on the Otamatone. First of all, this instrument is extremely difficult to play with any level of proficiency. It has no neck markings at all and it takes a good ear to find the right pitches. The scaling of pitches is similar to that of a stringed instrument, with physical space between notes decreasing as the pitch increases. The space between octaves decreases by about half on one range selection.

The timbre is best described through a visit to YouTube, but I could summarize it as a warm, harsh, almost overdriven sawtooth synthesizer tone.

The Otamatone does not appear to be dependent on a 12-tone chromatic scale, as quarter tones can be played. This too adds to the difficulty of the instrument. Mine has a very impressive range, as listed per "octave" switch. Low: D1-E3, Mid: C3-E5, High: F5-G7. The switch that governs range does not simply change the octave cleanly, as you can see.

The fingerboard/touchpad becomes more responsive and less rigid in pitch changes with more use, especially slow, connected glissandos along the neck. A very natural and expressive vibrato is possible with a bit of practice.

The instrument's true charm comes from its ability to lightly emulate the wah-wah effect produced by brass' mutes and guitarists' pedals. Not only is this interesting to listen to, but it is what makes the instrument so incredibly cute and funny! There is no way to overstate how cute this thing is.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 20, 2013
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We love playing with the otamatone. It's a fun toy to take out at dinner parties. My kids love it, too.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lisa Bryant on March 10, 2014
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This is a very fun toy! It is a good quality product,made very well. Everything about the toy and quality, met my expectations.
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