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What could be more annoying than having a drumkit in the house and deafening your parents/partner/children/ lodger etc? Well...this mini drumkit is far worse! I was given it by my parents last christmas (I'm 29 but they still like to get me silly presents). Before christmas day was over I spotted my mum trying to hide it when I left the room!
---What is it?----
The product is a mini drumkit. It has four drums including the base drum and one cymbol. They are activated by hitting the drums or cymbol with your finger which results in a very satisfying electronic drum sound being produced.
In addition to the volume and on/off buttons there is a demo button that plays a drum beat that you can play along with. Also there is a record button for recording your drum patterns and truely annoying people by playing them back.
This mini drumkit is currently £5.37 on amazon. As a gimmicky toy that won't be expected to be used much more than the first day this is an OK price. It is well made and works well but I simply cannot emphasise just how annoying it is.
If you ever try it, you will understand. The sound made is loud, good quality and satisfying. Once you start tapping away it extremely hard to stop until somebody rips it off you. For judging how loud it goes I can assure you that my sister was not keep on being woken up by this on boxing day morning!
For the price these are a great little gimmick to get someone as a present. Just make sure that you aren'lt going to be around when they start using them. 3 stars as they are great to use, but not to hear!
These little finger drums are a really good idea. The drum set consists of 3 tom-drums, all of which make different sounds, a bass drum and a high-hat, and these all produce very satisfying little percussive noises when the touch-sensitive pads in front of each unit on the drum-kit's base are touched.
The different sounds are not only gratifying but also diverse enough to allow you to make up some entertaining little drum-beats, but unfortunately there is a crucial flaw in the electronic drum-kit's design: you can only play said drum-patterns very slowly because every time you trigger a sound the previous sound is cut-off to allow for the new one. This means that instead of making cool-sonding mid-or-fast paced drum-beats, you will instead end up making horrible, choppy sounds as each sound effect cuts off the last one mid-sample. Now if this just meant no whirlwind, blastbeat drumming then this would be acceptable enough, but its impossible to play the damned thing at anything other than funeral doom pace without it sounding as if its broken. Its a terrible design flaw and could have been easily avoided by using marginally more complex sound-chip.
The drums look great, and the batteries last for ages, and it's made of fairly studry plastic that can easily withstand multiple falls off the shelf, whilst the black/silver/purple colour scheme is also rather cool, and I would recommend this product at the asking price of £10 quite happily were it not for the aforementioned flaw in the sound that dramatically reduces the drumset's play value and makes it way overpriced as a product of poor design. A shame.
My hubby got these for Christmas - they are a great little gimicky gift idea!
So on Christmas day we had a little drum session, the children loved them too!! To play them you actually have to tap the drum with your finger, as you tap the sound of that drum or the cymbal comes out and a little light goes on.
You can actually tap out drum beats and make it sound like a real beat!
I had my friends little boys the other day - it was great entertainment value it kept him amused for a good half hour when he played them. He's only 3!
It also has a little demo on it so you can see how it's done. At the moment I see they are selling on amazon for about £9.00.
I'm sure the novelty will wear off as with all things like this, however I often find they end up in the cupboard only to be found a few years later and they have a fresh appearance and enjoyment!!
There's not much more to say about them really, they are very small approximately 16cm x 8cm by 10cm tall. So they sit on the side quite nicely they don't look tacky!
As somewhat of a drummer myself, I took one look at the Bluw Finger Drums and though "Wow, what a piece of tat." Oh how wrong I was! These dinky things are surprisingly addictive, and good for a quick release of frustration. The noises are reasonably realistic for the cheap toy that it is, and I personally liked the movement of the cymbal - it's the little things in life. Pressing the demo button for the first time was pretty cool, it laid down a pretty funky beat! Unfortunately though, it was then that I found that it seemed impossible to get the thing to play more than one sound at a time, but I suppose perhaps this is too much to ask for a toy costing only £10. Over time the little LED at the top of the cymbal fell off and I lost the bit of plastic attached to it, showing that it's perhaps not the most robust drum kit in the world. In short, it's a good boredom beater and much more affordable than the real thing!
So, I bought the finger drums from Boots near Christmas 2008 whilst I was bored stiff less waiting for the other half to stop walking around the Trafford Centre. So I suppose you can call the purchase an impulse buy as they were reduced to £5 from £15.
I must say I immediately thought, oh what a great idea this little toy is, and to this day I hold the same view. Yes I admit they may sound pathetic when brought up in the topic of conversation, but trust me, bring these little devils out at a house party I can guarantee your friends will have hours of fun with them as they try to make a "perfect" drum beat!
These mini drums are very addictive and can whistle away the minutes of the day as you wait for the kettle to boil or the microwave to ping!
All that you need to do to become a finger drum expert is touch the drum/cymbal with your finger and you will immediately hear the sound from the built in speaker!
You also have a record button so you can impress your friends by playing back your latest "beat"
In all these are a nice little present that you can give someone that ensures hours of enjoyment! Just don't start showing off to a real drummer...you may be outclassed!
Now you can be the ultimate office enemy.....just keep practicing your drum rolls in important meetings...or when someone is trying to pour their heart out to you!!