Musical Instruments

Schoenhut 18 Key Mini Grand Piano £31.32 @ Amazon

by Luschka van Onselen in Deals on 21 January, 2014 at 9:00 am

Schoenhut 18 Key Mini Grand Piano £31.32 @ Amazon

Amazon has a sale on kids' musical instruments at the moment, and aside from a super cute harp there's a whole array of mini pianos for your musical maestroes too. This particular one is a Schoenut 18 Key Mini Grand Piano, on sale at over 60% off for £31.32 instead of £89.99.

I can't quite figure out if this is wood or plastic, but at about 3kg, I'm guessing wood. Which is nice. I was so disappointed when we bought a beautiful looking baby grand piano and found it to be flimsy plastic on arrival. With small people, wood is better as it is less likely to topple over and be dragged around by one leg if it's a bit heavier!

The Schoenhut's smallest piano is a a good choice for introducing a very young child to the world of music, if the reviews are anything to go by.

For beginning musicians, this piano promotes eye-hand coordination and develops musical creativity. Lovely chime-like tones are created by small hammers striking metal rods, the sound that makes Schoenhut toy pianos charming and unique. The one-and one-half-octave span of full-width keys provides a good foundation for the transition to a larger model.

They say it's a good babyshower gift, but I can just imagine it being the kind of thing someone with no children gives you at a baby shower, while you roll your eyes and think of all the useful things your new born could have done with. Maybe save it for a first birthday, I say. Either way, it does look lovely.

14-Piece Musical Instrument Set £16.48 @ Amazon

by Luschka van Onselen in Deals on 28 December, 2013 at 4:00 pm

14-Piece Musical Instrument Set £16.48 @ Amazon Amazon have a 14-piece musical instrument set for childrenon offer for £16.48, instead of £32.99. It's currently on sale in Argos for  £21.99 and at Debenhams for £35.

This set of 14 musical instruments come mostly in a natural wood colour with red paint detailing. They are bright and colourful. This set is enough to equip a whole band, with a tambourine, triangle, maracas and many other instruments.

Comes packaged in a neat, roomy storage box with carrying strap. It features a magnetic flap that is easy and fun for small hands to manipulate yet sufficiently secure. One of the reviews says, "The maracas is softer than expected with a gentle swishing sound, which I actually rather like (it makes a nice contrast/complement to a more resounding homemade version that I already have).

The rest of the instruments are louder but make equally beautiful sounds. Good variety of instruments that look attractive as a set as well as individually and feel well made too. Great design where the simple colours are at once bright enough to interest the toddler and sophisticated enough for an older person, definitely something that can grow with the child as opposed to other sets with more blatantly childish prints or designs. I can foresee many years of usage out of this in my home at least."

These early musical instruments introduce children to early percussion, this would make a perfect gift for any budding musician, or musicians.

Paper Jamz Pro Guitar, Amp, Microphone And Gig Bag Value Pack £29.99 @ The Toyshop/Entertainer

by Luschka van Onselen in Deals on 6 July, 2013 at 11:00 am

Paper Jamz Pro Guitar, Amp, Microphone And Gig Bag Value Pack £29.99 @ The Toyshop/Entertainer

The Toyshop has a pretty awesome offer on the Paper Jamz Pro Value Pack music set. It's RRP £104.99C, but with a whopping £75 off, is reduced to only £29.99 and has got everything you need to start jamming and singing along to some awesome tunes. I'm pretty sure you can find the individual items for less than the RRP, but even so, current price is a good one.

Inside you'll find a Paper Jamz rock guitar, amp speaker, microphone and guitar gig bag.

Great for children aged eight and up, you'll need 4 x AAA batteries and 8 x AA batteries to get this set going.

The Paper Jamz Pro Guitar 1 has two built-in songs, or download MP3 tracks from your computer onto the guitar to play along with. You can play in three modes, Perfect Play keeps you pitch perfect as long as you're strumming, Rhythm Mode puts you in charge of the song's rhythm, Freestyle lets you go solo and create your own songs.

Paper Jamz Pro Microphone lets you clip the working amplifier to your belt, turn on the microphone, and get ready to take centre stage. Again, there are two pre-loaded songs, and you can download more from your computer. The Pro Microphone adds effects and auto-tuning to your voice in real time, so you’ll always sound pitch perfect when you sing.

Paper Jamz and Speaker - turn it up to eleven and rock out louder with the Paper Jamz Amp Speaker. This light weight cardboard speaker plugs into your Paper Jamz guitars and drum sets, to help you turn up the volume while you're playing. The amp has a built-in handle, making it easy to take your amp out with you and rock out anywhere.

It also  comes with the Paper Jamz Guitar Gig Bag.

Perfect for summer jam sessions for little people.

Hello Kitty Drum Kit £19.99 @ Home Bargains

by Sarah Macdonald in Deals on 18 January, 2012 at 10:00 am

Hello Kitty Drum Kit £19.99 @ Home BargainsHome Bargains have reduced the price of this Hello Kitty drum kit down to £19.99 from £39.99; rock ON!

I'm sorry, I really am, I always threatened my mum (and all relatives) with a fate worse than death if they EVER bought any of my children a toy drum kit and here I am telling you about this rather cute Hello Kitty drum kit.

It's rather nice to see a girly drum kit, as they're all usually blue and themed with Thomas the Tank Engine or Bob the Builder (I haven't seen any decent Bob deals around for ages), and I'm trying to rack my brains to think of any famous girly drummers.

Perhaps your daughter will be one of the few when she grows up, "So, when did you first get into drumming?" asks the MTV Music Award host.  "Well," replies your daughter, "it all started when my parents bought me a Hello Kitty drum kit when I was little!"

The Hello Kitty drum kit comes with the following drums and accessories and is suitable for little rock chicks aged three years and older:

  • Bass drum
  • 2 Bongo drums
  • Cymbal
  • Bass drum pedal
  • Drumsticks
  • Bench

If you have a Home Bargains near you then you can collect your Hello Kitty drum kit in-store for free, otherwise you'll pay upwards of £2.95 for delivery.

Thanks to biggysmalls at HUKD

Early Learning Centre Chunky Keys Keyboard £15 @ Amazon

by Sarah Macdonald in Deals on 12 January, 2012 at 8:00 am

Early Learning Centre Chunky Keys Keyboard £15 @ AmazonIf you have the next Mozart or Beethoven in your family then you might want to take a look at this Early Learning Centre Chunky Keys Keyboard that's on sale at Amazon - it's original price was £30 but has, for now, been reduced down to £15.

Mozart was just five years old when he started writing music and playing the piano; I'm pretty sure it wasn't on an Early Learning Centre Chunky Keys keyboard though, mind you if he'd had one maybe he'd have started composing and playing even earlier!

I love most genres of music, I grew up playing music and have various Royal School of Music exams for different instruments under my belt, however, the piano isn't one of them but it IS on my list of things to do before I depart the planet.

Perhaps I should get started with an Early Learning Centre Chunky Keys keyboard - it has eight chunky white keys and five black which all light up. The keyboard can play nine demo songs, six rhythms and has a tempo adjuster.

The Early Learning Centre Chunky Keys keyboard comes with detachable legs for easy storage, playing on the floor or your lap and needs three AA batteries which don't appear to be included.

Thanks to marz11 at HUKD 

SpongeBob Squarepants Acoustic Junior Guitar Outfit £28 @ Amazon

by Luschka van Onselen in Deals on 12 November, 2011 at 7:00 pm

SpongeBob Squarepants Acoustic Junior Guitar Outfit £28 @ AmazonAmazon are selling the SpongeBob Squarepants Acoustic Junior Guitar for £28 instead of £44.99 which is a 38% saving – and ideal if you want to find out if the “I want to play guitar” phase outlives the finger callouses.

I guess you have to like Spongebob for this to be a gift you’re going to be excited about – either that or a very small slightly strange musician.   The Juniour Guitar is half the ‘normal’ size, and this particular one is an official Spongebob product.

It comes complete with a carry bag, a strap, a pitch pipe, plectrum and a spare set of strings. It’s ready to play out the box – with a little tuning, I’d imagine – and is apparently ideal for young children or beginners as it is lightweight and easy to handle.

Boxed the Junior Guitar weighs 1.5kg – half of your average new-born weight, so yes, very light.

A few of the reviewers complained about poor sound quality, and that it broke easily, but others say the opposite, so I reckon this is one of those where you hold on to your receipt, just in case, but if you get a good one,  you – and your Spongebob fan – will love it.

WowWee Paper Jamz Guitar £9.09 @ Argos

by Sarah Macdonald in Deals on 4 November, 2011 at 12:00 pm

WowWee Paper Jamz Guitar £9.09 @ ArgosI might as well just give up; resign myself to the fact that writing for PlayPennies at Christmas time is lethal and hand my bank manager some tissues - every time I tell myself I'm DONE with present-buying for my youngest son, I come across something else that he'll LOVE.

This WowWee Paper Jamz guitar is one of those things - okay, truth be told, I want to play with one but I know he'd love it - and Argos are currently selling it for £9.09 instead of £25.49; tell me that's NOT a deal, go on...I dare you!

I think these Paper Jamz instruments are amazing; they're just 3mm thick and have Active Graphics tech' which allows you to become a rock star just by touching the surface.

There are three play modes for you to choose from:

  • Perfect Play - play any one of three integrated songs by strumming
  • Rhythm Play - where you use your skills to play like the real guitarist in time with the same three  songs
  • Freestyle Play - where you can use the majors, minors and sevenths (it sounds like I know what I'm talking about doesn't it!) to compose your own hits.

This WowWee Paper Jamz Guitar also has a built-in speaker with volume control and can be plugged into a Paper Jamz amplifier too; awesome.

Thanks to Turnip at HUKD

Musical Instrument Toys On Sale @ ASDA

by Luschka van Onselen in Deals on 9 October, 2011 at 11:00 am

Musical Instrument Toys On Sale @ ASDA

Offering the perfect gifts for someone else’s child, ASDA has a range of musical instruments on offer. There are quite a few items to choose from, but here I've looked at three.

The electronic drum kit is reduced from £30 to £20, and has standard delivery set at £2.95. It  features lights so your child can imagine being on a real stage, and includes a headset. The drum kit is made of plastic, has a bass drum, two smaller drums and a cymbal.

The 61 Key Electronic Keyboard at ASDA is down from £40 to £25, and is less a toy than a real instrument, but could be great for a child too. It has the option to mix and match different beats or create your own music – and record them with the playback feature. There are 10 demo songs already programmed in, and you have access to different instrumental sounds to give your music ‘the edge’.

Lastly, there’s the Jam ‘n Keys Guitar Set also down from £30 to £20. The guitar includes a microphone with different buttons for different sounds, a stand and a guitar strap.

Thanks to lucerysmum at HUKD

VTech Sing And Discover Piano Review

by Luschka van Onselen in Reviews on 21 July, 2011 at 5:00 pm

VTech Sing And Discover Piano ReviewAs much as I’m not normally a fan of toys that make a noise, I must admit, the Sing and Discover Piano from VTech is a fantastic toy.

It is a chunky musical keyboard with a ‘songbook’ with turning pages (the sounds automatically change to match the page that’s open – how they did that I have no idea). The songbook ‘chapters’  are shapes, animals and nursery, and the characters are a bird, cat, elephant, pig and  monkey which all come to audible life when the corresponding buttons are pushed.

There’s also a row of five musical notes which teach pretty realistic animal sounds, instruments and colours.  Depending on which ‘chapter’ you’re on in the songbook, you can have 15 nursery rhymes played and six sung out and changing the pages changes the songs so that they’re tweeted by birds, oinked by the pig, trumpeted by the elephant, meowed by the cat or screeched by the monkey – which isn’t as bad as it sounds.

Below that are the function controls – two volume settings which are both reasonably pitched – and two play modes and an off switch.

Below all that five keyboard keys with pictures of the characters and their instruments, and in the same mode as those above, these keys are simple keyboard keys.

To the left of all this is a beat box which plays for about four seconds before needing to be pressed again, (which is fine in the context of this game). There’s a microphone too, but I don’t actually remember that ever working for us. Perhaps my daughter damaged it before she was really able to use it. To the right is a musical director dog, and twiddling him gets barks and funny sounds and he says “It’s show time!”

Switching over to the other mode gives a whole new range of sounds and songs, with talking and story like comments, i.e. “trumpet like the elephant” or “screech like the monkey”.

Moving down to the keys, in this mode, each key produces a few seconds of ‘jam(ming) with the band’.

All in the Sing and Discover Piano is a fantastic toy. It’s hardy, can handle knocks, and has so many different options to entertain. My daughter always goes back to it, and it’s one of the few musical toys that I’ve never yet found irritating.

Paper Jamz Guitar £9.09 @ Amazon

by Sarah Macdonald in Deals on 11 May, 2011 at 11:00 am

Paper Jamz Guitar £9.09 @ AmazonAmazon are, for the time being at least, selling this Paper Jamz guitar for £9.09 instead of the usual £19.90.

I'm SO intrigued by this Paper Jamz guitar especially for less than a tenner; I'm not sure I'd be so intrigued for £20 though.

My husband plays both the acoustic and electric guitar and neither of them were cheap.  If your child thinks they could be a budding rockstar then this could be a very cost effective way of finding out if they have a bit of Stevie Ray Vaughan about them, or whether their desire to be a rockstar was just a passing phase.

Either way, I think we can probably guarantee that, whether or not they're destined to be the next guitar legend, playing with a Paper Jamz guitar is going to provide a fair few hours of fun and hilarity, especially if your guitar playing is as 'good' as mine.

It's just 3mm thick and is all possible due to Active Graphics tech' which allows you to make music just by touching the surface.

There are three play modes for you to choose from: Perfect Play - play any one of three integrated songs by strumming, Rhythm Play - where you use your skills to play like the real guitarist in time with the same three  songs and Freestyle Play - where you can use the majors, minors and sevenths to compose your own hits.

This Paper Jamz Guitar also has a built-in speaker with volume control and can be plugged into a Paper Jamz amplifier too; awesome.

Thanks to sarah2004 t HUKD

Grand Piano £22.50 @ ELC

by Luschka van Onselen in Deals on 9 April, 2011 at 8:00 am

Grand Piano £22.50 @ ELC

This cute little Grand Piano is £22.50 at ELC – a fabulous £22.50 saving.

A friend of ours has something similar to this in pink – I prefer the black myself – and I must admit that it is really cute and her little girl loves it. I've been really tempted to buy one for Kyra, my 18 month old and at this price I'm more tempted than ever.

There aren't any reviews for this one, which is quite unfortunate, and there's only one line of info on it in the description. We can still glean, however, that there are three octaves on the keyboard, making it a fairly decent size for a kids keyboard.

There are also eight instrument sounds, annoyingly they don't say which eight - and a rather useful record and playback feature.

If you look closely at the picture you'll see there are loads more buttons in the electronic section (under the lid of the grand piano) but no description of what they do.

Postage is £4.95 to any mainland UK address, but ELC do still have their reduced minimum, so if you spend over £50 (instead of £75) your postage is free.

Chad Valley Guitar Set £9.99 @ Argos

by Luschka van Onselen in Deals on 14 January, 2011 at 10:00 am

Chad Valley Guitar Set £9.99 @ Argos

The Chad Valley Guitar Set is £9.99 at Argos, reduced from £24.99 and a great looking set for aspiring young guitarists.  Also a pretty neat deal, since the guitar alone retails for £10.20.

I'm not sure if this is the perfect gift for someone you don't really like, a bit of a payback for all the noisy gifts your sister-in-law bought your little one, or actually a great little set for someone with a good sense of rhythm and a love of music, but either way, it's a pretty good saving.

The set includes a guitar, strap, headset microphone, microphone, stand and amp with volume control.

The guitar include demo songs, a swing bar and 3 drum keys – you know, just like all the pro's have. It requires no less than 12, yes, that's 12, t.w.e.l.v.e. AA batteries, which aren't included – and might I recommend a charger and rechargeable batteries!

While some reviewers complained that it didn't last very long and had to be returned for another one – particularly with a working mic – others absolutely loved it and their children did too. As Jane said, “worth buying to watch my 2 and 4 year olds trying to be band!”

This items is available for both store pick up and delivery.

Thanks to goonertillidie at HUKD

Peppa Pig George's Band Set £7.49 @ Argos

by Lynley Oram in Deals on 4 January, 2011 at 4:00 pm

Peppa Pig George's Band Set £7.49 @ ArgosI am so loving these sales! Here's another fab deal from the Argos half price sale. This excellent looking musical set themed with George from the Peppa Pig television show and books is now £7.49, down from £14.99 at Argos.

I had some of these Peppa Pig instruments, seperately not as a set, when my son was little and they're still in his music box. So they seem to take quite a bit of bashing! And lets face it, sooner rather than later all three year olds use the shakers for bashing more than they do for shaking. His were in the pink, with Peppa on them, as they didn't produce merchandising for other members of the family then. Or at least not much! This one however is themed with her younger brother George and I guess, just in case you didn't realise he was a boy, they've made it blue as well!

The set includes castanets, cymbals, a drum, maracas, a trumpet and a tambourine. All very noisy stuff, but at this age they'll find something to be noisy with anyway! I used to keep all the musical items together in one basket in the lounge, and he used to love to pull it out and surround himself with everything experimenting with all the different noises they make.

Definitely well worth having something like this!

Thanks to Beanz-On-Toast at HUKD!

Thomas Rock 'n' Roll Guitar £7.99 @ Play.com

by Luschka van Onselen in Deals on 12 November, 2010 at 6:00 pm

Thomas Rock 'n' Roll Guitar £7.99 @ Play.com

If music be the food of love, and all that, then it's probably a good idea to get the littlies started early. This Thomas The Tank Engine Rock 'n' Roll Guitar from Play.com for £7.99 with delivery – down from £19.99 saves you 60%

Bringing 2 favourites together for the perfect boys noise toy”, say Play.com, but I am pretty sure there are a few girls out there who would love it too.

It features 2 interactive modes, each with 6 tunes. Automatic Mode plays the full tune, you just add in the sound effects. Strum Mode lets you strum to play the full tune. It also features flashing musical notes while the music plays, and sounds effects from sliding Percy and using the signal light as a whammy bar.

Although your child isn't going to learn much musically from this guitar, it's good for a bit of fun, perhaps enough to get them interested and see where it goes from there.

Delivery is free from Play.com, the item is in stock and usually dispatched within 24 hours.

Thanks to mumoftree at HUKD

Jungle Beats Musical Instruments £5.00 @ Boots

by Luschka van Onselen in Deals on 13 October, 2010 at 12:00 pm

Jungle Beats Musical Instruments £5.00 @ Boots

I sometimes find it hard to strike a balance between indoor play and energy consumption. Truth is, the more I can tire my little girl out, the better! As she has the attention span of a one year old, this seven-piece instrument set from Boots for just £5 – compared to £17 at ELC – seems perfect!

My daughter seems to have inherited my love for music, and I have immense joy in watching her clap, 'sing' and dance whenever she comes in earshot of music. I have tried to nurture this over the past few months by introducing rattles, a tambourine, bells and maracas to her toy box.

Boots are currently offering a set consisting of a drum, a monkey tambourine, parrot maracas, frog castanets and a crocodile flute. Although this might sound like a musical tragedy if you have a few children in the house, it could still provide hours of fun as children either master one instrument or share and discover the differences between them.

In the case of my little one, this one set provides at least 28 minutes of entertainment as she flits from one to the other.

Additionally, these form part of the 3 for 2 Mix & Match offer and are worth 20 Advantage card points too.

Really, now, the only thing missing from all this, are my ear plugs!

With thanks to RosieWoo over at HUKD

Early Learning Centre Keyboard £25 @ Mothercare

by Sarah Macdonald in Deals on 10 October, 2010 at 9:00 am

Early Learning Centre Keyboard £25 @ Mothercare

The Early Learning Centre have teamed up with Mothercare to bring you this ELC Super Star Cool keyboard.

I can picture the scene 76 days from now...

Your child has woken up extremely early and is incredibly excited. Did Father Christmas come overnight and leave presents?!

They sneak downstairs to see something big hidden beneath a huge sheet. Could it be?  Could it really be the Early Learning Centre Super Star Cool keyboard that they asked for???

It is, of course, because it made perfect sense to buy it as it was on offer at Mothercare for £25 instead of the usual £45.

Your little one then spends the rest of Christmas day happily unleashing their inner Mozart and Rachmaninoff.

This ELC Super Star Cool keyboard is suitable for budding musicians aged three and over and it comes with its own matching stool too.

It has a record and playback function, a detachable microphone, the obligatory flashing lights and lots of rhythm, instrument sounds and drum buttons.

The only thing wrong with this is that it runs on batteries! 4 'C' ones to be precise (what are C batteries? Are they the square ones?) and I can't see any reference to there being a mains adaptor, so if you can get rechargeable C batteries then I'd strongly recommend getting in a few of them!

This is available for home delivery for £4.95 or to collect from your local Mothercare for free.

Thanks to ran123ran over at HUKD!

Rockburn Ultimate ST Guitar Pack £76.17 @ Tesco

by Luschka van Onselen in Deals on 9 October, 2010 at 11:00 am

Rockburn Ultimate ST Guitar Pack £76.17 @ Tesco

With the long cold nights ahead of us, now is the perfect time to pick up a new hobby. If that happens to be playing guitar, this Rockburn Ultimate starter guitar pack from Tesco for £76.17 will get you off to a good start.


If every guy wants to be a guitar hero and every girl wants to date him, this is an easy way to make these rock and roll dreams come true. (Of course, us girls can be guitar hero's too) Unfortunately we can't give you deals on talent and practice, but this is as good a place as any to begin.

The Rockburn Ultimate ST Guitar Pack features a full size Strat style black electric guitar with 3 pickups, a pickup selector switch, tremolo arm, volume and tone controls. The kit comes with a 10W guitar amp with a distortion channel, EQ controls and a headphone socket – yes, I saw that sigh of relief, Mum!

Additionally, you also receive a 3m guitar lead, plectrums, a set of spare strings, an adjustable strap and a gig bag.

But Tesco/Rockburn don't expect you to just get on with it either. Instead they also include a tutorial DVD and free online guitar lessons for a year. And to top it off, they've thrown in free delivery within two – four days.

So, all in all, that's a pretty good deal. Wait. I have to say it – it's like music to my ears. Yes, I heard that groan too!

Thanks to kevw at HUKD

Bruin Preschool Light Up Keyboard £19.99 @ Toys R Us

by Sarah Macdonald in Deals on 19 September, 2010 at 12:00 pm

Bruin Preschool Light Up Keyboard £19.99 @ Toys R UsCalling all budding Mozarts! This Bruin Preschool Light Up Keyboard is up for grabs at Toys R Us for £19.99 instead of £39.99.

My friend from primary school, Louise, used to play the piano and had piano lessons. By the time we left secondary school she was AMAZING; I was always very jealous.

My grandma has a little piano that I've been messing around on for as long as I can remember; ONE day I'm going to have a grand piano and I'm going to learn how to play it properly!

Music and learning how to play an instrument is well known for increasing brain power and learning capacity. But there's also something lovely about being able to create music of your own or play things written by other people.

This Bruin Preschool Light Up Keyboard would make a fab' introduction to playing the piano without breaking the bank.

Bruin Preschool Light Up Keyboard £19.99 @ Toys R UsIt's available in pink or blue and has some lovely features: it has a record and playback facility, a microphone for those sing-a-long moments, eight musical rhythms and instrument sounds too.

It's suitable for kids aged three and upwards and is available for collection in store, or you can have it delivered to home for £4.95.

Thanks to QueenNutkin over at HUKD!

Beanstalk My 1st Electronic Keyboard £2.99 @Argos

by Heidi Scrimgeour in Deals on 2 April, 2010 at 9:00 am

Beanstalk My 1st Electronic Keyboard £2.99 @ArgosPick up a bargain and strike up a tune with this Beanstalk My First Electronic Keyboard from Argos. Usually £9.99, it's now just £2.99.

We've featured this toy before but never at this price. There are 22 customer reviews on the Argos site and the item scores an average of 4 out of a possible 5 stars.

Beanstalk My 1st Electronic Keyboard £2.99 @ArgosFeatures include trendy solid plastic casing, 32 piano keys, 8 different kinds of musical instruments (piano, organ, mandolin, music box, trumpet, guitar, violin and bell) plus 8 different kinds of rhythms (blues, rock, slow rock, new rock, disco, march, waltz and samba). There are also 6 built in demo songs, and music recording and playback function.

It requires 3 AA batteries and is suitable for children aged 3 and over.

With thanks to oB765o at HUKD!