Blue Man Group Keyboard
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- New Technology interfaces makes music fun, easy, and exciting
- Unique styling like nothing in the category
- Unique play patterns and engaging musical interactions
- I-pod compatible! Play your music on top of your favorite MP3 tracks!
- Plays pre-recorded songs and lets you record & play back your own musical masterpieces
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It's a great concept. I'm not sure it's actually a great TOY or instrument, though, even though it actually can keep one's interest for quite a while.
The video shows the boys making music with Beethoven's Fifth Symphony. Actually, that's the most fun feature on there, yet it's not really making music-- it's using the sensors to create the preprogrammed music that is already on there. I think there are 10 demo songs and this is one of them. Demo mode is fun.
Using all the features together while trying to create your own music is definitely a little more difficult. I think the tools are there, though. It will just take a lot of practice.
The little iPod drawer is only big enough to hold iPods. Not zunes, for instance. And, the included speaker that plays your own music is not good. It can plug into another speaker source, though-- either your own headphones or some other speaker system, so this is a good option.
I think this is a great gift yet at the same time I have reservations about this. Since my son (who is 11 and hard to please) likes it and since it really can keep your interest for quite a while, I'm rating this four stars. Personally, I would rate it about 3 stars, but I see how much my son (and my other children) like it, so I'm giving it four stars.
I think that one of the reasons that this has been such a long lasting toy for him is that it has so many variations... with a wave of the hand over a tube, the entire mix changes and the synthesized instruments being played varies amazingly. In a flash he can go from playing a song with guitar tunes, to blasting trumpet sounds. It really is cool. Add to that the ability to overlay the song of his choice via the MP3 player, and he is only bound by what his imagination can come up with.
So... here we are at thirteen years old now and it is true that some of the playtime once dedicated to this great keyboard has been taken up by running remote control cars and playing airsoft with neighborhood kids... but what a great toy this has been.
If wondering why I decided to write this review now... well... I was just walking through his room (thinking about demanding it get cleaned up -- again), when I saw the keyboard sitting on the floor squarely in the center of the room. Once again, just like so many times over the years, he had a little down time last night and decided to break out the keyboard and have a mini jam session.
THAT's what I'm talking about -- how many toys stand the test of time like that? Outstanding.
If you are looking for a fun musical toy and have a kid with an inquisitive nature, I totally recommend this Blue Man Group keyboard to you. Not only will your kid be amazed, but I'll bet you will laugh at the odd sounds and quirky mix just as much as we have.
Go for it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I bought this for my 6 year old grandson who is vision impaired and he loves it. He sits and plays with all the buttons and keys too include the pipe sounds.Published on March 25, 2013 by Cherbe
A few years ago we went to see Blue Man Group perform at Universal Studios in Orlando Florida. The show was outstanding; the guys were hilarious and the music was powerful. Read morePublished on February 16, 2013 by RatherLiveInKeyWest
I own 3 of these keyboards and they are the greatest electronic musical instruments I have ever come across. There are preprogrammed tunes to play with. Read morePublished on December 9, 2009 by Tina Usher
It was just OK, felt like it would break any moment and the sound wasn't that good.Published on September 11, 2009 by J. Ridpath
My grandson loves this toy. He spends hours entertaining himself and the rest of us.
It's quite an amazing toy.
Well worth the investment.
THIS WAS EXPENSIVE AND DIDN'T HOLD GRANDSONS INTEREST EVEN THOUGH HE WAS INTERESTED IN MUSIC AND THE BLUE MAN GROUP. Read morePublished on April 25, 2009 by Shirley Tomaeno
Blue Man Group Keyboard
I was excited when I found the Blue Man Group Keyboard by Manley after launching a search engine for musical toys for a four year old boy. Read more