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Plan Toy Melody Xylophone
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on September 23, 2008
We purchased this for our 12 month old grandson - an instant hit!!! He loved it. It is sturdy and well-constructed with a nice tone. His mother, the music teacher, was very happy with it.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on April 8, 2009
I love the concept of this company, being "green" and all; that is great. However, I bought this for my son for his first birthday. I wanted something classic that he could keep and give to his children one day. This toy comes apart too easy. It is very annoying to sit there and try to put the pieces back on. They are easy to get on and difficult to get back on. My toddler constantly pulls them off as soon as I put them back on. If they could come up with an idea that would somehow not allow the bars to be removed, it would be much better. If you want a musical toy that will last, I would go with the baby grand piano. Durable and fun!
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17 of 22 people found the following review helpful
This toy is fairly sturdy and has a nice sound to it. It seems the other two reviewers didn't do their homework when it comes to where the toy is manufactured. PLAN TOYS is a Thai company and their toys are manufactured in THAILAND, not the US or Taiwan (which is Chinese). Plan Toys is, however, a "green" company, and makes quality toys. The US market is inundated with with Chinese toys, and nowadays even quality toy makers like German HABA are producing some of their products in China. It is our duty, I feel, as parents, to inform ourselves where our childrens' toys are coming from. Thailand is an up and coming competitor on the toy market, and apparantly is striving for quality standards that China could only dream of.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on November 19, 2009
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The wooden base and metal keys give this xylophone a more sophisticated feel versus cheap plastic ones I've seen. The style works well for both older and younger kids. My 22 month old son really enjoys this toy and the tone is pleasant even if his playing isn't perfect. It seems durable and has already been dropped repeatedly without showing any signs of damage. The built-in holder underneath keeps the stick from being lost and is a big plus for mom. Good early instrument for toddlers.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on October 15, 2012
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I can't write a review regarding the enjoyment/durability/fun factor, as it was purchased as a gift. I can, however, comment on its educational and environmental values: Purchased two(2) xylophones as gifts for the children of musician friends. What I liked about this particular toy instrument is that it is set up tonally. This means that the parent, or child, can actually learn to play written music and learn scales, rather than just "play" sounds. The tones are color coded: both low C and high C are red, connecting the two visually and tonally. I imagine that the child could learn to play "songs" by "reading" a color score, and thereby the toy could be used to learn colors, far earlier than the child could learn to read letters and/or musical notes.

The description states that the instrument is a green toy and uses recycled rubber tree wood and water based dyes, which is the main reason I bought this toy. This particular toy appears to be the only toy on the market which is both "green" and allows the user to play a true musical scale and/or songs.

The design is modern and minimal, which to me is also timeless. Hope my friends' children enjoy the xylophones as much as I think they will. Even though the recommended age is 3-6, I believe that a younger child could possibly use the toy WITH parental supervision (AND the parents' discretion). The 10mo old already sits in his father's lap to play the (adult) drums and cymbals and seems to be a natural musician; I hope to encourage his interest in music.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Birthday gift, very much enjoyed by four year old boy. He likes anything to do with musical instruments. This has a "grown-up" feel to it as opposed to some of the more typical kiddy xylophone. Could be good for a slightly older child too. Has a nice sound to it. Only dislike are the bars are a little wobbly. It's not a big concern but if not cared for well I would be worried they could pop off.

UPDATE: Still in use and has held up flawlessly! (2 years later)
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on August 19, 2009
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While my son loves banging on his xylophone, he loves equally as much to chew on the stick. I have to supervise his playing with this because the stick can be dangerous. However, I feel that this is a fun toy and my son really appreciates it when he gets to play with it.
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on December 28, 2012
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Purchased this xylophone as a birthday gift. It's an easy play, compact and pretty. Make certain you purchase it for an older child, say, 3 years to 5 years of age, so the child does not accidentally stick his/her eye out with the playing stick. Enjoy and beware.
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1 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on June 29, 2008
Best thing is it is Made In USA and is not toxic and my 1.2 year old loves to play it.
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1 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on August 19, 2008
I don't have this particular product yet, but I do have the PlanToy drum and little bear. My 2 year old son loves both of these products but I have to correct the previous person who reviewed the Xylophone and said they are made in USA. These products are made in Taiwan, at least all the ones I have seen. They are a green company who use rubberwood and non-toxic dyes for their toys. I have given this toy an overall 4 stars just because I think it will be just as great as all the other products I have from this company.
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