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enjoyable, well-constructed, and somewhat user serviceable
on May 21, 2015
I purchased this item in 2007, when the body of the drum was blue, not red. It survived abuse from two children and storage in unconditioned space. Pulling it out for my third child, there was a problem. Though the buttons and roll sensor worked, it would not respond to tapping the drum. This was disappointing, since you can't play the songs by pressing the buttons or rolling the device.
Being an engineer, I disassembled it. It was difficult to determine how to disassemble the top half. I discovered I had to pry off the yellow cover under the top wavy blue trim to access the screws. Doing so required four small flatblade screwdrivers to release clips simultaneously. After disassembly, I found the problem was one of the leads from the tap sensor (two ball bearings on a copper plate) had become desoldered from the logic board at the bottom (base) of the unit. It wasn't obvious where the lead needed to be connected, so I used trial and error to find the correct pin. Eventually I was able to solder the wire back on. I added some hot glue to prevent recurrence before reassembling the device.
My third born loves it. My device, now 8 years old, remains in good cosmetic condition. There are some scuff marks I could probably wet-sand out, and some small scrapes from disassembly, but it otherwise looks great. This is mostly because the surfaces aren't painted; different color plastics were employed to fabricate the device. It's clear the QA process included durability testing. Also, the interior of my device was surprisingly clean when I opened it.
I gave it five stars because the product is enjoyable, well-constructed, and somewhat user serviceable.