Monday, March 14, 2011

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Giveaway & Review: Children's Electric Toy Grand Piano [CLOSED]


Musical instruments have always been a big hit with all three of our children.  They never discriminate either.  We own drums, guitars, recorders, flutes, harmonicas, maracas, and more than one electric keyboard.  We have never been too happy with the sound of any toy electric keyboard we have owned thus far.  That is why I was excited to be able to try out this Electric Grand Piano from Constructive Playthings.

This piano actually produces a very nice sound that does not have that digital quality.  Granted, you may not be able to discern this from the following video, but I have heard some delightful music made by my children on this little piano.  The trick is not to turn the volume up so high that the sound starts to become distorted.






What I thought about this Electric Grand Piano . . .

The assembly for this piano was fairly easy.  I only needed to put the legs on the piano itself, the legs and brace on the stool, insert 3 "AA" batteries, and set up the microphone, which really works.  I thought that it was clever for the microphone to have an adjustable stand right on the piano, but could also be handheld for someone to stand next to the piano to sing.  There is also a place inside the top of the piano to store the microphone and the stand.

Similar to electric keyboards, this piano offers the choice of 15 piano demos, various drums, and 8 instruments. My children seem to prefer the deep sound of the organ, but I personally like the sound of the regular piano setting.  You can also record your child's music and play it back for them . . . a feature that my children love.

I can only think of two things that could use some improvement about this piano.  The first is that the microphone stand comes off the piano a little too easily.  The second is that, when my children get into the moment and start pressing hard on the keys, you can hear the clicking of the keys with each hit.  It is quite distracting for me, but the children do not seem to notice it.

Our oldest son is 7.  Although he can perch himself on the little stool, it is going to be too small for him very soon.  The piano itself is 19"W x 15.25"D x 28"H and is a good fit still for all three of our children.  For the first two or three weeks we had this piano, our children played with it multiple times per day everyday.  Now that it is no longer a novelty, I am pleased to report that they still enjoy playing with it several times a week.  I much prefer that they play a musical instrument than watch television or play video games so much.

You can find more developmental toys by visiting CPToy.com.  Don't forget to shop through my Reader's Discount button to save 15% off your order.

Thank you to Constructive Playthings for sending us a complimentary product sample to base this review upon and for providing an additional product for our contest prize.


What you can win:
One lucky reader will receive an Electric Grand Piano (ARV $49.99).



Limitations:
This giveaway is open to U.S. & Canadian entries only. You do not need to be a blogger to enter, but you must have a valid email address and be age 18 years or older. If you enter anonymously and do not include a valid email address in your comment entries, I will not be able to notify you should you win this random drawing.


How to Gain Entries:
Visit CPToy.com by clicking on the 15% off at Constructive Playthings button below. Then leave a comment telling me the name of one toy a child in your life would love to receive (aside from the item reviewed in this article). You MUST do this to be eligible to win this contest.


Constructive Playthings Parent / Family



Extra Entries:
1)  For 5 extra entries, leave a relevant comment on one of my non-giveaway posts. Then leave FIVE separate comments with the name of the post on which you commented. You will earn 5 extra entries for each different non-contest post you comment on.


2)  For 5 extra entries, enter one of my other contests. Leave FIVE separate comments here telling me which contest you entered. You will earn 5 extra entries for each contest you enter.


3)  For 10 extra entries, sign up to receive Constructive Playthings Email Specials. Then come back here and leave TEN separate comments telling me you did.


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(All entries will be verified prior to awarding this prize.)


Random Drawing:
This contest will be closed on Monday, April 4th, 2011 at 11:59pm EST. A random number drawing will be held shortly after. The winner will be announced here and will be contact via email or through their blog. If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new number will be drawn.

Good luck in the drawing!