Product Type: ELC Child Development
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ELC Carry Along Keyboard
Member Name: lolly23
ELC Carry Along Keyboard
Date: 22/07/10, updated on 22/07/10 (81 review reads)
Advantages: Durable, long lasting, fun, cheap, great value
Disadvantages: None that I have found
I bought this keyboard as a present for my son around three years ago.
It is an Early Learning Centre toy but some ELC toys can be bought elsewhere; Boots and Mothercare sell them, I'm not sure of anywhere else though. The Carry Along keyboard can be bought from all three stores and currently costs around £15.
It is a smaller version of the Keyboard they sell on a stand that comes with a stool and microphone (if you've ever been into an ELC store you are bound to have seen it, they always have one on display).
The carry along keyboard measures 37 x 17 x 5 cm. It has a large sturdy handle and large chunky buttons and keys. The key space measures 23 cm and the keys are 1.5 cm wide so they are a nice size and you can play them easily without catching the adjacent keys. There are four lights (two either side of the handle) above the keys that light up in tune as you play.
It is a typical keyboard with demo music; there are 6 songs in total, an eclectic mix that includes, 'For He's A Jolly Good Fellow', and 'Living on a Prayer'. There are some songs that I'm sure that I know, but can't put my finger on.
Accompanying the demo are buttons to adjust the tempo - my son finds it hilarious to play the songs as fast as they will possibly go - it gets quite annoying after the 15th time!
You can also adjust the sound of the keys; there are 8 different sounds:
There is also background music that you can use while playing, these are the standard types:
The feature I am most impressed with though is the 'record' option. You can record up to 30 seconds of play, it will then save it indefinitely (or until you record over it) for you to listen to as many times as you like.
You know what, scratch that! The feature I am most impressed with is the volume button!!! you can turn it down so it is very, very quiet! All musical toys should have one!!!
As previously mentioned, we have had this keyboard for around three years, and I am actually quite surprised that it is still working! We have had a few keyboards over the years, and the only one that lasted this long is the one my mother bought me when I was around 11 - it cost almost £200! Cheaper versions always seem to develop faults quickly, even just the odd key or button, but this one is still working perfectly; the thick, glossy plastic also shows very little sign of wear and tear.
I am very impressed with the ELC Carry Along Keyboard. I also think that the fact that they are still selling this particular model after three years says something about the longevity of the product.
I would highly recommend this for any child, it is suitable for all ages and is guaranteed to give a good few hours (weeks, months, years!) of enjoyment!
Summary: Highly recommended!
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