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Great Sound. Needs Durability.,
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This toy is stinkin' expensive for what it is. But, the sound is great. I would actually call this a real musical instrument rather than a toy because of the beautiful tones it can produce. It comes with an extra tube that converts the scale to the Dorian mode, which is useful for some songs. The rubber mallets with plastic handles are excellent. However, tie the ends together with string and you get lethal nunchucks that the kids are all too pleased to whirl around.
The biggest flaw are the two gray foam rails in which the metal tubes are inserted. Easily picked to shreds by any toddler's fingernail, you have to watch your kids like a hawk or they just won't last. Without the foam, you have no resonance, and thus, no instrument. That fact coupled with the lack of a hard case and you get a fragile toy that must be handled with care and stored out of reach when not in use. We use the box it came in as storage, but I foresee it falling apart soon. I bought this when my kids were 2 and 3. But I'm going to limit use until they are around 4 and 5 because the foam is so fragile. If they start pulling the tubes out and try to force them back in, then the foam will definitely become frayed or rip.