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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Parts of it are great
on September 26, 2012
Couldn't find a drum and maraca set locally so after reading the reviews, ordered this. It's okay, not great but will certainly satisfy the urge to drum for now! Maybe the biggest pro is that except for the one electronic item, the sounds are not too loud, just loud enough that he has fun. The electrical item is pretty loud (the one that looks like a butterfly) so we taped over the speaker in the "head." The sounds it makes are okay, not great, the lights flash but the Einstein toy that's similar is much nicer.
The little drum isn't very loud even if hit hard, a plus. The maracas have a nice sound as mentioned in other reviews. The castanet (only one in our set) barely makes any noise and is a little difficult for small hands. I doubt it will ever get used. The tambourine-like piece has a pleasant but not too loud jingle. However, it's not suitable for any child who still puts things in his/her mouth. The metal rings that stick out around the perimeter could really hurt if chewed on. The drumstick design is not great but I knew that when I ordered this. They are small and the handle is pretty narrow, unfortunately the perfect size to stick up the nose or in an ear. I subsituted inexpensive wooden spoons with a wide, flat handles.