Product Type: ELC Child Development
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The piano man
ELC Carry Along Keyboard
Member Name: Whizz11
ELC Carry Along Keyboard
Advantages: Good keys, fun sounds
Disadvantages: A bit loud
We now have two of these noisy pianos thanks to my lovely in-laws! One was definitely enough to be honest but they first bought my little girl a pink one a few years ago and then recently they bought my little boy a red one. Both are exactly the same and do nothing different, it's just the colour that differs.
I really want my children to be interested in music so I actually don't mind them around the house but they Are rather loud and noisy and obviously have quite an electric sound to them rather than the nice sounds of a regular piano.
The piano or keyboard I should really say has a handle at the top of it so it is portable and my kids will often carry theirs around the house so they can play or listen to them. The keyboard has quite a cool retro look to it as it is rounded At the top and also has two old fashioned looking speakers on either side.
The keyboard has 14 white keys and 10 black keys. They are actually quite nicely sized keys and are big enough for adult fingers to play. The keys press down as they would on a proper keyboard so it's quite an authentic one for a toy. You can play this as just a regular keyboard or you can also play songs on it by the touch of a button. If you wish to play it as a regular piano you can have the sound of he notes come out just like piano or like an organ, violin, trumpet, mandolin, bell, music box and guitar. I think they have captured these sounds well as they do sound authentic and you can pick out what is what. This is definitely a great keyboard for a child's musical education.
Above the keys are two rows of buttons and its here that you can choose the style of musical song you want to listen to. For example you can listen to a song in salsa style or dance or disco to name a few. The songs are quite loud and uptempo and just keep going and going until you turn it of and this is the noisy part for me that does get on your nerves a bit. The songs are quite familiar tunes, if you listen hard enough you can even hear Living on a Prayer by Bon Jovi!!
Thankfully there is an off button on the top row of buttons on the piano as well as a volume + and - which I always turn down to the lowest it can go. At the moment my kids just like to press the buttons to hear the music but when they get a bit older there is a nice record and replay function you can do on this so you can listen back to your own music which is nice.
If you leave this piano standing for few minutes and don't play on it, after a while it will play a little ditty jus to remind you that it is still on and ready to be played with.
Just to add to the excitement of the piano there are flashing lights at the top that go off when you play on it.
All in all this is a fun toy that my kids enjoy and that I can just about put up with! It is available from The Early Learning Centre.
Summary: Musical keyboard from The Early Learning Centre
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