CHOKING HAZARD -- Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.
First Act Discovery FG500 Lap Harp
- Fun & easy to play right out of the box
- 10 play along song cards
- Tuning key for easy tuning included
- Handmade wood construction for great sound
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Don't expect it (or any other musical instrument) to come to you in tune - actually, stringed instruments should be shipped with the tension off the strings (out of tune). But this thing is a bear to tune up and I have a degree in music. I don't see how any 6 year old is going to have a lot of fun with it without help from mom and dad or a teacher.
Construction is durable and eight strings gives you one full octave and the song sheets work great if you tune it according to instructions. The strings are very sturdy and will tolerate a lot of movement in both directions from the intended key. That means, if you know about such things, you can use this little critter to teach modal and pentatonic scales. The strings on the one I bought are singles to the tone - not doubles as someone mentioned in another review. It's likely they've updated that too.
Because of the durable build - the tone quality isn't so hot. Best tone quality comes from very delicate strings and an incredibly thin top. That's not a recipe for a good toy. So this one meets the needs for a toy - it's much better than plastic with nylon strings.
For $20 this IS NOT a concert grade professional instrument. $20 won't buy you concert grade professional strings for it. It's a cheap toy that functions as intended. Anyone that is disappointed they didn't get a professional quality harp for $20 might want to buy a clue. A clue - those professional zithers and harps don't tune themselves either.Read more ›
I agree with the other review, it's a toy. Your kid isn't going to take this to college, but it's a really great visual way to start to play with notes.
I think previous reviewers are right to say there's been a redesign; I don't know which model is newer, but what we have is the sort of rounded triangle shape shown in the picture here rather than the more guitar body-like shape I see on FirstAct's own website. This version has eight strings rather than ten. The interior storage slot is a nice little feature -- it's easy to keep the pick and song cards together with the instrument.
Our four-year-old daughter was *thrilled* to receive this, and enjoys making up her own tunes; she hasn't quite gotten the hang of following along with the enclosed song cards yet, but is still a little bit young for them (the box says 6 and up). Overall, I'd say this is a great choice for getting a young child started on a stringed instrument.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Strings were either broken or not even there. Now I have to restring it. Incomplete product of you ask me.Published 7 months ago by Mary Hilliard
This is a great lap harp. Easy to tune and sound is terrific.
Perhaps you negative ones do not know how to tune and use it properly. Read more
This is a fun little instrument. I like the music sheets it came with and how they fit under the strings. My main issue with this lap harp is that we have to tune it ALL THE TIME.Published on November 26, 2011 by Half Pint
It was completely out of tune when we got it. That would have been okay as they sent a wrench to tune it. But when I tried to tune it, first a string broke. Read morePublished on March 24, 2011 by Amazon Customer
The First Act Discovery lap harp was wonderful. My four-year great-nephew was playing songs very quickly after he received it.Published on July 12, 2010 by Tavia
A gift for my neice to learn to see music notes and to play a lap harp. City child isn't accustomed to rustic, rural music and should be. Read morePublished on June 20, 2010 by Midge