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Thomann TRS-31B

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Brand: Thomann / Instrument Type: Recorder

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      25.02.2011 23:36
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      Great first time instrument!

      When in primary school, a lot of children seem to have a fascination with musical instruments and I have to say I was one of them. When I was in primary school the first instrument I picked up was a recorder and this was the type I started with. They are very lightweight which I thought was ideal for children just starting out with a musical instrument and learning to play this one was pretty easy as well given the fact that the holes weren't too far away from one another for a child. Sure, as a first time player it was a little hard to begin with to work out how to get each finger to reach the hole it needed to and to learn the coordination needed to play a recorder (as in having to move each finger independently - I was about 7 at the time so I was still very much learning!). In general though I did pick it up pretty quickly and it did seem pretty good to have something different to be learning for a change rather than learning the same instruments all the other kids were learning. The material I believe this product is made from is plastic, although I can't be entirely sure as I don't have the product to hand any more so therefore I can only go by what I remember it being like. In terms of what the recorder looked like, it was dark brown and white which was quite appealing for a child because of the two tone colours. The way it had an almost striped appearance helped with remembering which bit goes where when cleaning it so therefore the two different colours was very useful. With it being lightweight as well it makes it more ideal for children carrying it around in their bags. The fact that this item comes with a bag is good because it means that it has a proper place to belong and it can help to teach children about being organised and about putting things away. This product is fairly well aimed at children in fact. As for the tune of the product, it sounded alright when it was played. Of course with it mostly (or in my experience anyway) only being used as a training device and with the price often being under £10, it would be wrong to expect a perfect instrument. It is pretty good though and I would definitely be inclined to by one again. They do the job well but need to be cleaned fairly regularly (as is the case with recorders anyway) and need to be looked after. If it gets thrown around it wouldn't be expected to last long. It lasted me a good eight years and even then the only reason I had to get rid of it was because the dog chewed it up (and clearly it wouldn't survive a dog attack anyway, regardless of how expensive it was). Overall I believe that this recorder truly is ideal for children wanting to learn to play a musical instrument that isn't too expensive if they get bored of it. Pretty good item, it really is.

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