on 29 May 2010
My son recieved this keyboard for his birthday last week and was really excited by it. We got it out, put the batteries on and let him at it. He got it on instantly but was very confused by the "buttons" on the panel. They're not actually buttons, just squares drawn on to the cardboard... The functions do work but take a while to figure out, you have to push the middle button a number of times to and then select what you want using the keys. Not really easy for a 3 year old to grasp.
My only other complaint is how flimsy the whole build is. It's made of really thin plastic that bends and warps easily. My son has already broken bits off of it and it does look like it will completely break very easily. All in all, there are better keyboards aimed at kids out there for less money.
on 21 May 2010
The microphone has a very long wire to plug into the keyboard which I had safety concerns about with my younger child, so wound it around the microphone stand. Unfortunately the microphone stand is quite flimsy and broke when my younger child used the keyboard to stand himself up and pulled it on top of himself (note: it is not stable enough to use as an aid for learning to walk). Now the microphone does not work at all.
on 4 March 2012
It was a well-intentioned gift from an Aunt, but has turned into a dust-gathering fixture in the corner of our basement.
This keyboard almost never gets played, but not for lack of trying. The 'piano' scolds children in a British school-marm voice into pressing various buttons before it will start playing. You can't just sit down and play it ... my daughter tried, but it makes her jump through too many arbitrary hoops first.
When you turn it on, it plays its own tune which goes on too long, greets you, then tells you to press the red button, then press one of the keys to select the sound, using a less-than intuitive set of colors on the keyboard (and there are several instances of each color--which one are we supposed to choose? It's pointless trial-and-error) . Why? What's the point of this arbitrariness? Furthermore, the woman's tone is scolding, almost angry. It's a real turn off to my daughter (and the rest of us).
And then it nags her if she sits idle for a moment or two ... 'why don't you play anymore? ... where have you gone' etc. It has no charm or friendliness at all.
So it can't be left on because the woman shouts at us to come back every 10 seconds or so, and whenever we turn it back on we have to go through too much tedium to make it fun. We are very disappointed with it.
The keyboard is supposed to be polyphonic, but some key combinations produce completely different notes that aren't being pressed. It makes it impossible to play anything except one-finger melodies ... why bother having polyphony if the wrong notes sometimes play (seemingly at random; I can't figure out which combinations work and which don't)?
We wouldn't recommend this piano to anyone.
on 6 January 2011
The pre-programmed tunes and games are fun for ages 18 months to 4yrs (so far). There is an electronic voice that talks through the various activities which is ok during play, however there is no automatic power-off and when the kids go on to play with something else, at regular intervals this voice says "where have you gone, why don't you play anymore?" Annoying to say the least.
The microphone stand is a bit fragile, ours has been removed and is not missed.
UPDATE: this piano lasted from Christmas until November, the microphone somewhat less than that. Basically it is poor quality product made from poor quality materials. Fun while it lasted.