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      10.04.2013 21:13
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      Rock on!

      Lewis has always enjoyed playing with musical toys and we have always had a keyboard that was suitable for his age (see previous reviews for the 'Laugh And Learn Baby Grand' and 'Sparkling Symphony Gym'). When we went into the big ELC Lewis spent the whole time playing with this one toy so we decided to buy this and the ELC drum kit for a music themed birthday. We were lucky enough to find this on sale as the new model was just about to be released and we also had a five percent off voucher so we picked it up for less than twenty quid. The keyboard takes 4 'C' batteries and they last for ages, I would still recommend buying some rechargeable batteries as you will save money in the long term. We set this up the night before his birthday and it was as easy as it could be. The microphone can be unplugged and just goes into a regular audio jack, this is also useful if the microphone gets lost or damaged as it is easy to replace. Once the keyboard was put together we wrapped it and were really looking forwards to seeing his reaction in the morning. When Lewis woke up he was really excited and his face was a picture when he came into the living room and saw this really big present to open. Lew spent the whole morning playing with this and the drum kit but it was obvious that this was his favourite. Lewis spent the next coujple of weeks playing with the keyboard as his new favourite toy and he still plays with it a lot now so we have definitely got our moneys worth. The keyboard has five percussion sound effects, eight instrument sounds and eight rythms so each time Lewis is playing with it he can try something different. As Lew has got older he has also learnt to use the record and playback function so he now really enjoys recording a song and then taking the mic off of its stand and having a bit of a dance and sing to the music he has recorded. Because of the music my wife and I are into; metal, punk...etc mixed with the inevitable influence of pop (curse you gangam style.) his musical endeavors are very entertaining. My biggest bugbear with the drum kit was the lack of volume control and thankfully the keyboard does have it. The stool is very sturdy and as Lew has taken to using the drum stool as his stepping stool the one from the keyboard subs in when he is playing the drums. The Keyboard unclips from the base so if you are going out and your child wants to take it with them then it is a lot easier to transport. Luckily nothing has broken on the keyboard yet so it must be fairly sturdy but I have dealt with ELC before and their customer services department are very good at sending out replacements for broken parts. I have just started trying to teach Lewis a couple of simple tunes and he is really trying hard to learn how to play it but still just enjoys rocking out to his own compositions most of all. The newest design of the keyboard also has a turntable but really doesn't look as good, if you can find it on Ebay I would go for the older design. It is easily worth twenty quid and my wife agrees that we would have still been happy if we had payed up to forty pounds for it. **amendment** I should have probably said we bought this in red rather than pink (Not that Lew would have minded.)

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        06.06.2012 11:55
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        an amazing ELC product for little ones

        As anyone with kids will know, it gets to a point where they have so many toys when their birthday comes it's hard to know what to buy! Toys often have about 5 minutes worth of fun and novelty and then they get bored and have more fun playing with a cardboard box....(kids eh?) For my daughter's first birthday I bought her this Keyboard as she always loved music and enjoyed exploring different sounds at her fingertips. Now she will soon be approaching her 3rd birthday and she still loved playing with it! She recently had her cousin over for a sleepover and it was the key feature in her bedroom for them both to have turns playing on, one being the singer, the other playing the keys! - Features - I won't bore you with an entire list of all the features but here are a few she mainly enjoys playing with : 1. It comes with a microphone, but the cord isn't extremely long so she can't really strut around the room pretending to sing to her heart's content but seems to be quite happy ranting "la la la" into it whilst sitting on her little stool! 2. It has numerous instrument sounds like organ, violin, flute, guitar, saxophone and genre sounds like rock, dance, disco and jazz. 3. Keyboard has instrument sounds like cymbal and bass drum. 4. It has a function where you can record and playback your tunes made on it! I have to say I threw the instructions away a long time ago and so have no idea how to do this! Her godmother was over recently and so was able to do it quite easily, but I do not remember how she did it! It probably is simple as ever and I am just really slow.... 5. Requires 4 x C batteries which were not included when I bought it. I bought mothercare own brand and they have lasted almost 2 years so slight extra added expense was well worth it. - Assembly - It came in a box, not too large as I was able to carry it home on the bus (I did not have my own car at this time, oh the horror!) with a pram with little struggle at all. Putting it together was relatively straightforward and once together it is extremely sturdy and stays upright in her room even with all her Tazmanian Devil-like behaviour whizzing around her room destroying everything in sight! The stool is also perfectly easy to put together and sturdy for her to sit her little posterior on it (and sometimes my big one!). - Overall - At the time I bought it, this was half price at about £20 but I believe with inflation its about £45 nowadays full price and £22.50 when on offer (which is quite often) at half price. Overall, my little one loves playing on this and is her only toy that has stood the test of time. A fun instrument to play with for kids (and big kids like myself!) to play on and inexpensive!

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          29.01.2011 10:36
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          Another good toy from ELC!

          For my daughters second birthday she received a portable keyboard which was an absolute hit with her and she loved it to bits so when she was to turn three last December I thought about maybe looking into getting her a larger version. Out shopping with my grandma we drove past Mothercare and noticed a large sale sign on keyboards so we decided to go in and have a look. In the foyer stood a display model of the keyboard, available in either pink or black and red,and was priced up at £32, down from £45 so while it was still quite expensive it seemed a really good price to pay. The keyboard looks very similar to the smaller portable version, and is attached to a chunky pink stand. At the back of the keyboard you will find a small music stand in which you can place music sheets for your child to read and play off. The keyboard itself is a pretty standard one, with the regular white and black keys, and above them you will see a row of black buttons: * Volume + / - * the on/off switch * the various instrument sounds - piano, organ, violin, trumpet, saxophone, music box, flute and guitar * the music for the background music - slow rock, rock, dance, disco, jazz, waltz, blues, salsa * tempo * / - Above the black buttons, you will find various other features on the keyboard which are surrounded by a funky pink and black design. There is a record button with which your child can record themselves playing their tunes, and next to this is the play button so they can listen to their hit! In the centre you will find the drum buttons - low tom, hi tom, bass drum, hi hat and cymbal. The final two pink buttons are the stop and demo button which stop and start the demonstration music. Along with the keyboard comes a funky silver microphone, which is attached onto the keyboard by a small silver stand which is moveable so your child can have it in whichever position they feel comfortable with. There is a small on/off button on the side of the microphone so this obviously needs to be turned on before use! A small but chunky pink stool comes with the keyboard, and it is made up of two circles, a small one on top of a larger one. We found that it was a little hard at first to get used to this type of stool and there were quite a few occasions where my little girl fell off but luckily it is only a small one! When playing the music, the top of the keyboard flashes red with each press of the key and if there is music playing in the background or by the demo button the flashing is constant and faster. The keyboard is very lightweight so can be moved around easily should you have the need to do so, and the stand just unclips for easy storage also. My daughter thinks this toy is just fantastic, and most days she will sit and play me some tunes - of course her versions of the tunes!! I love listening to her playing and singing along, which is usually Twinkle Twinkle but I am still being treated to her renditions of Jingle Bells and We Wish You A Merry Christmas!! One thing I would say about the keyboard, and this is the same really with any childs keyboard is that the record function is maybe a little pointless until the child playing is somewhat older as I do think that it is quite hard for a child of three to understand what it is. While my daughter is intelligent, she doesn't seem to grasp the fact that she can record and play her music back if she is playing alone. The microphone has had a lot of use, my daughter is quite the performer and loves hearing herself singing through it, and sometimes she will set the backing music playing, remove the microphone from the stand and just give a little singing show! The ELC Keyboard requires 4 x C batteries, and while I would probably prefer it to be plugged in at the mains we have managed on the same set of batteries so far and that is quite good as it is played with quite a lot! The recommended age for the toy is from age three which is a good guide as I think a smaller child would struggle to reach if sitting down but standing I am sure they would be fine. I am really pleased with this toy, and to get it at the price we did I think is a bargain due to not only the fun my daughter has had with it, but also the quality of the toy (being from ELC you know the quality is going to be good!). I would happily recommend the keyboard, although I will knock one star off as I don't think the stool has been thought out all that well and it is tricky for little ones to get a good balance on there. Thank you for reading my review :)

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            11.11.2010 22:09
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            Fun for kids and a good way to introduce them to music

            We bought this for my daughters 3rd Birthday. She is now nearly 6 and still enjoys using it. You get a keyboard which can either be put on a stand as in the picture to be used with the stool, or it could be used by itself on a lap or on the floor. We have had it on the stand the whole time. You get the standard keyboard keys, plus lots of buttons which control things such as backing music in different styles and tempos. You can also choose which instrument you want the music to sound like - ie brass, violin, drum etc. There is a volume control (very necessary!!!) and a control to speed the backing music up or down. One fundtion my daughter likes was being able to record her own playing and then listen back to it. The keyboard also comes with a microphone which plugs into the back of the keyboard. This does really work but only if the childs mouth is practically on it - beware of the noise that comes from this! The keyboard takes batteries and they do last a very long time. We purchased ours for about £35. You need to keep an eye out as it is often in the ELC sale or there are codes that can be used to reduce the price. This is a fun toy and is one that lasts years.

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            09.07.2010 00:05
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            Overall a great toy for toddlers

            We bought this Early Learning Centre Keyboard and Stool around Christmas for about £45.00 so it's not that cheap. However our son is really starting to get into it now even though he's not 3 years old yet which is the recommended age. I have always felt that the Early Learning Centre are a great manufacturer of children's toys. They are for me on a level par with the likes of Vtech for reliability and durability. So what is it all about? Well the product has a keyboard, stool and microphone. While your child is playing about with the keyboard there are a big variety buttons that make different instrument sounds. Some of these are a violin sound, trumpet and saxophone. These all add to the interest that your child will have in this toy. He or she will love the varying sounds that come out of this product. The buttons in the centre are an electronic drum machine that have four different types of drum and also a cymbal. Then there is a final group of buttons that give some backing sounds to the tune that is being played. The microphone is attached to a stand that fits on the keyboard. The stool and the keyboard are sturdy enough and you will always be able to test this as children are the ultimate testers in that respect as they throw things around all the time, or at least our son does anyway! One of the great things I liked about this product was not just the enjoyment that my son is getting out of it but the fact that any music created can be recorded and played back. Unfortunately the toy only takes batteries and it would be good if it could be plugged in to be honest with you. I am very pleased with this toy and our son loves it. It's very handy for increasing his development and allowing him to learn about music. Above all he gets a lot of use out of it and hopefully will do for many years to come.

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              09.03.2010 05:09
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              A great way for your child to make music.

              The early learning centre is a very well known retailer for selling high standard quality baby, toddler and children's toys. I recently purchased for my daughter in my local store in store Mothercare and early learning centre. After arriving at my friend house I noticed he had one of these but wasn't really playing with it. But as soon as my 2 year old saw it, she fell in love. I couldn't get her off it. After the toy being such a big hit I headed to my local store. The keyboard and stool was on sale at only £35 rather than the original price of £45. At the time I though this was a lot of money to spend on one toy. But it has been worth spending. My daughter obliviously wanted to pink one which has a flowered design on it. The stool and keyboard itself is very sturdy and she even uses the stool to be able to reach things of the kitchen side and to wash her hands. So you can use it for multiple things. The only problem we have had with the product is that the microphone doesn't always work and when it does you have to hold it pretty much in your mouth. But in a way thats a good thing as she can get very carried away with signing or shall I say shouting. The keyboard itself had 31 electronic keys, flashing lights, 8 musical instruments sounds (for example saxophone, drum and guitar), 8 rhythms, 5 percussion sounds and a demo song. There's even a recording button on there so as your child makes their own music you can record it and play it back to them. Don't worry mums there is a volume control. The product itself is recommend for children over the age of 3 but this is due to the small part (the microphone I suppose) But is suitable more for the age of a two year old. You don't need to be 3 to be creative with this product. The product requires 4 C batteries. These can be purchased for early learning centre when you purchase the product. We've not needed to change them so far so it doesn't drain batteries. (We've won't he product for over 6 months now. Overall this was another great purchase for the early learning centre. And has had many hours of love and will be continued to be a very much loved toy.

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              14.02.2010 19:08
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              Boost your childs musical creativity with this!

              This was bought as a a present for my music loving daughter for her third birthday... and whilst i cringed as she pulled off the wrapping - ishe loved it. Its a fantastic instrument for a child - a fully equipped piano that has a full working microphone, volume control, drum pads, a sample of backing music, and lots of alternative instruments sounds for the keys. My daughter has the pink one, but i believe that it does have a blue boys alternative. My only criticisms of this are - if the wire for the microphone drapes over the speakers (which is very easy to do and always happening) you get a horrible feedback sound. Also, once assembled it doesnt dismantle - meaning that you do need to have to space for its continual presence. It retails at about £40, which is quite pricey compared to some others on the market, but for the additional things that it does and the sheer sturdyness of it (it can easily take a child thumping hard on the keys) i would recommend this product. A lovely gift that my daughter literally uses every day!!

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                10.02.2010 22:16
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                A great toy

                My oldest daughter became obsessed with this keyboard when she first saw it in the shop and after many weeks of nagging i finally gave in and bought her one. Needless to say she absolutley loves it. Shes four and she keeps giving us performances, she really thinks she is Hannah Montana sometimes! Its the perfect size for her to sit comfortably on the stool and reach the microfone. The keyboard itself is great. It has a selection of background beats and the option to change the key sound to other instruments eg; saxaphone, flute ect. There are also drum buttons that you can tap. You can also record and playback music. There is a volume control which is a relief arfter many hours of my daughters wonderful piano skills. The microphone is not affected by the volume control however and so the singing part of her shows are always lovely and loud! It is definatley a toy which my daughter will still be using in many years to come and so in my opinion is worth the fourty five pound price tag. She loves it and it keeps her occupied so im happy.

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                05.01.2010 11:30
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                Would not recommend

                When i first bought this for my son for his second birthday I thought it was a pretty good buy (i got it when the price was knocked down to £25 online so seemed like good value for money) My son absolutely loved it; obviously we got the red version not pink, although knowing him he'd of loved that more. The functions on this keyboard are more like a basic style 'real' keyboard rather than a toy although still simple enough for a child to operate and quite fun for adults too. The variety of instrument sounds sets it apart from other keyboard toys i have seen. I believe you can purchase an adaptor for it so you don't need to buy batteries every 5 minutes. It's easy to assemble and the stool is very sturdy, which incidently is the only part that has survived in our house and is now used by my son to reach his light switch. Unfortunately, our fun was short lived since after the first battery change the sound stopped working although the lights were fine. After contacting ELC and being told this definately does not normally happen i found out my friend's daughter's keyboard did exactly the same thing and they didn't offer to fix it; it's been taken apart 3 times and still isn't fixed so on the whole not such a great purchase!

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                  28.12.2009 22:15
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                  Childrens keyboard

                  A lovely musical toy for a princess, or prince as I believe you can get the same keyboard in blue. The keyboard has a range of different beats and types of instrumental sounds. Not only is there a sliding switch for the volume but one also for speed. This either increases or decreases the speed of which a beat is playing. This can get rather annoying when your little darling has left say a samba beat on the fastest speed and wondered off! The plus to this is that there is a timing cut off. So after a few minutes it will automatically stop playing it's insane tune! There is of course the demo button to put on, which gives minutes of fun for your young ones to dance around or even pretend they are an amazing pianist. This is such a good all rounder! It has a microphone which is stood on a little prop so the child can both sing and play music. It also is very robust, a lot of banging on said keyboard and spit is put inside the microphone. Of course you expect nothing less of your little superstar! It comes with its own little stool which is extremely handy, not only for the use of the keyboard but other situations too. The biggest bonus of this keyboard, as mentioned before is that it comes in princess pink! A winner with most girls. Many a musical moment has taken place on ours and it's not just been the kids that has had the enjoyment.

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                  14.11.2009 17:25

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                  Really good present

                  This was bought as a present for my one year old and has been a really good buy. At first we did not attach the stand to the bottom of the keyboard so that she could play with it on the floor in front of her. She loved it, alnd although it is very noisy, it kept her out of trouble! Since then, it has gone on to its stand and she still loves sitting on the stoll playing the demo and pretending to sing along or play. Sadly the microphne has now broken, which is my only criticism of this product. I think it may have been damaged due to too much "spit" getting in to the mouth piece, as her and her friends loved screaming in to it as loud as they possibly could. Another small down point of this product is that the stool is not suitable for a child who can not confidently sit, due to obvious balance issues.

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                  22.10.2009 15:07
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                  Good buy

                  This was a present for my eldest daughter's 1st birthday. At the time I thought she was quite young for something like this, first of all because the age range is actually 3-6 years, but mainly because it came on a stand, with a stool and a microphone but she was still a baby and not particularly interested in sitting at a keyboard playing tunes and singing! But saying that, she is now (almost) 3 and it is one toy that she has never got bored with, and it's also a favourite with other kids young and old that come to play. Priced at £45 from the Early Learning Centre it's pretty expensive but you do get a good package and I think in the end it is money well spent. What you actually get is the keyboard which comes with a detachable stand, a low level stool, and a microphone (which really works!) The keyboard has many different functions. These include 8 different instrument choices- piano, organ, music box, guitar, harp, violin, marimba and trumpet. These are activated by a series of pink buttons on the left hand side. The differences in the sound is very good although I wouldn't say they replicate the real thing, but it's good for kids to hear and learn about the different instruments! On the opposite side to the instrument choices are a series of black buttons which when pressed activate different 'beats' - rock, samba, blues, waltz, disco, new new, march and slow rock. These are just drum beats with different rhythms and to be honest don't get used much by my daughter. Then in the centre of the console is a series of buttons to do with the demo tunes. There is a large pink button in the centre which says 'TRY ME' and this activates one demo song which is very upbeat and easy to enjoy. There is also a smaller demo song button which has 8 other tunes programmed into it and you can either listen to them one after the other or press the button repeatedly to listen to which one you prefer. These tunes vary is style and tempo so it gives kids and good idea of the varying music styles. I find most of them easy to listen to and actually quite enjoy some of them. They use a wide range of instruments in each tune as well which is good. There is also 5 buttons which activate different drum sounds - bass drum, snare drum, conga, cowbell & drum sw/samba. These can be used alone to form your own little drum beat or with the 'beat' buttons. There are two sliding buttons, one which controls the volume (ours is usually on full, which to be honest is not really loud and quite bearable) and the other controls the tempo of the beats or the demo songs - this ranges from painfully slow to incredibly fast. There is also a record button which allows you to record your own tunes and play them back. This does actually work quite well, but I think you can only record a tune of a certain length, and I don't think it's very long. My 7 year old niece has had fun with this option, but my two year has no clue about it, and I think I like it this way! On the top left of the keyboard is a large circle with a button in the middle of it. This button activates various sounds which I can only describe as 'hip hop', and the circle around the button spins like a record and as you spin it, the sound plays over and over again so you can 'scratch' like all those rappers do! Kids love it, but adults don't because the sounds are pretty annoying, and when they are played over and over again it can grate on your ears. My 12 year old nephew particularly enjoys this feature and enjoys winding his mother up with it. There are a series of lights in the top centre of the keyboard which light up when music is played and they flicker to the beat of the song. The speaker is on the top right of the keyboard and the sound that comes out of it is very good quality considering there is only one. The on/off switch is top right and is just a slide to the left or right button easily activated by my two year old. The microphone is plugged into the back of the keyboard and slots neatly in a little circular hole on the top. The actual microphone part does come away from the stand but it can't be moved very far away because it is still attached by the wire. The sound when your child sings through the microphone is usually quite distorted, but it doesn't sound too bad and does work quite well to amplify whatever they are saying/singing. There is also a small on/off switch on this. So when my daughter opened this on her birthday, at first I don't think she realised what it was (she was only 1) but we got it all out and she soon started tapping away. But because she was so young, we didn't assemble the stand or attach the microphone, we just let her play with the keyboard on the floor and she was happy to do this. She soon figured out which buttons activated the tunes and would sit there bopping away to herself. Once she turned 2 we thought about putting the whole kit together for her. She was probably about 2 ½ by the time we got around to it and we found that she was just the right size to be able to sit on the stool and reach the keyboard while it was on the stand. What we did find though was that because the whole thing is quite lightweight, the keyboard stand is not particularly sturdy, so if she was tinkling on the keys with force, then the whole thing would sway and move about, and with a baby sister around pulling herself up on everything, it was not really very safe. It now sits against a wall, so anyone leaning on it only pushes it against the wall and not onto the floor. But I've often found my youngest, who is now 11 months, stood up at it, dribbling into the microphone and shoving the whole thing repeatedly against the wall, and we do have several marks on our wall behind it! But my eldest will sit at it and play tunes to herself and sing along. She also sometimes plays along to whatever is on the telly. She really enjoys making music and I've found that this toy is one that she will always go back to. It's also a real favourite with visiting children and older children will help my daughter sing proper songs through the microphone and be generally entertaining. Something I've also just remembered is that my daughter uses the microphone to call me when I am not in the room!!!! Something I am disappointed with is that the keys are not that good quality (to say it was £45!!) and you cannot press two keys together to get two notes, if you hold two keys down, you only get sound coming from one of them. Now I know this probably isn't designed for children who can actually 'play' the piano, but you can't even play chords on it and when I am trying to play my children a tune, it just doesn't work in the way I expect it to! But I think that's the only downside to it, but to young kids this really won't be a problem. Oh yes and I think the stand should be a bit sturdier because it really isn't stable, especially if you have a couple of kids fighting over it. Also, with the age range being for 3-6 year olds, I think a 6 year old would be quite cramped when sat on the stool as it is very low and just the eight height for my 2 year old. My older nieces and nephews usually look very oversized when playing with it but it doesn't seem to bother them too much. All in all it's a good toy that will last for a good few years of your child's life. We've had this for nearly two years and it has worn very well with endless pounding from various children and we still haven't had to change the batteries (takes 4 x C batteries) which I think is amazing. My children have both enjoyed it in their early years, but I would recommend buying it for a child aged 2 and above because it's only as my daughter turned 2 that she really got to use the full potential of the toy.

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                    13.05.2009 22:41

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                    buy some ear plugs lol

                    Very pretty and girly! It comes with a microphone, note stand and stool. The legs easily pop off if your short of space so you can store it away. The microphone really works which delights my daughter as shes a real pop princess. The keyboard has demo fucntions to play tunes, different settings, bass, trumped, piano, keyboard, etc. The volume is adjuastable and the loudest setting is VERY LOUD and she always insists on having it on this setting. They can also record their music and play it back to themselves. It is very sturdy and not wobbly likes others we came across. Everytime we went into Earl Learning Centre she would play with is so we gave in at xmas and bought her one. She loves it! Its also available in red for boys or for girls who arent fussed on pink. Im so glad I chose this over other keyboards on the market

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                    21.02.2009 19:06
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                    A lovely toy - will be appreciated by all future X-Factor stars!

                    The ELC Keyboard and Stool is currently available in both red and pink, retailing at a price of £45.00. Our two year old saw it in the shop before Christmas and instantly became obsessed with it, wanting to play with it every time we went within 50 yards of an Early Learning Centre. Therefore, we decided to get it for him for Christmas and it has been a great success in our house. Features The piano has a keyboard, stool and microphone. There are a lot of buttons to create different instrument sounds while playing the keyboard. These include violin, trumpet and saxophone. The central set of buttons is an electronic drum machine, with four different types of drum and a cymbal. The final group of buttons provide backing rhythms such as salsa, rock, jazz and disco. The microphone is on a stand attached, and there is also a stand for music. The stool is sturdy and at a good height for the piano. You can also record and play back your music which is a nice touch, particularly for slightly older children. Advantages. The main advantage for us is that my two year old loves it. He was delighted to unwrap it on Christmas morning and has played with in consistently in the two months since then, whereas a lot of toys have long since been discarded. He loves to grab the microphone and start singing 'Twinkle Twinkle Little Star' while bashing the keys. He also enjoys trying out all the different rhythms and instrument sounds so I feel that it is definitely encouraging him to enjoy making music. Disadvantages The major disadvantage is that it only runs on batteries, so if it is used a lot it will be relatively expensive to run. It requires 4 x C batteries. However, although it has been used most days, we have not had to change the batteries yet so overall I've been happy with the battery life so far. Another minor issue is that it is quite easy to knock it over. Conclusion Overall, this is a toy that we have been very happy with. It is definitely beneficial in stimulating development and encouraging self-confidence, as my son loves to perform his songs for an audience. I would definitely recommend it for children over the age of two, even though the recommended age on the packaging is 3+, as it is really popular with younger toddlers.

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                      01.02.2009 09:16
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                      Excellent keyboard if only it would stay in good working order

                      This keyboard comes from ELC in either a pink or blue colour scheme although at the moment I noticed they don't have the blue and is red instead. The current retail price for this is £45.00. My daughter first received this for her 4th Birthday which was almost 3 years ago now. At this time the keyboard was a different design and the pink was a much brighter colour. ELC sell these keyboards every year and usually change the design about once a year. We are now currently on our third keyboard from there as we have had nothing but problems with them all so far. On the first two keyboards the sound seemed to disappear every so often and then come back, ELC were very good about exchanging it though. The keyboard which we have at the moment is pictured above. This keyboard comes in a fairly large box but it is light enough to carry. When you take it out of the box there is a very easy to follow instruction guide, this is just to show you how to join the couple of bits on to the keyboard which again is very easy to do. This keyboard comes on a stand with a microphone and music stand and it also has a little stool to sit on. It requires 4 C sized batteries which get inserted into the bottom of the keyboard. Very easy for little ones to turn on and it has various buttons which change the sound of the notes and a demo button which plays its own tune. Flashing lights go on and off along the top of the keyboard. The microphone plugs into the side and it does really work so watch your ears! This is a great keyboard from a well known and trusted brand. We have had years of enjoyment out of the various designs which we have gone through and even my 18 month old is beginning to enjoy playing with it. Just be prepared for many trips back and forward to ELC with a faulty keyboard but they may have improved as we have not had a problem in a year of having the current one.

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                    • Product Details

                      Keyboard with flashing lights, stand for music or lyrics, lots of rhythm and instrument sounds, and drum buttons to hit. Plus a record and playback function and detachable microphone