Rated 1 out of 5 by MM Disappointing. Save your money.
For the price, it's not fair to expect concert quality instruments, but it is perfectly fair to expect the items to do what they're supposed to do on a basic level. The xylophone and the harmonica don't work. It's hard to elaborate without demonstrating, but the sound from the bars on the xylophone were blunted (had no sustain) or flat out had the wrong pitch (even the plastic Playskool models can accomplish acceptably accurate pitch) and the harmonica sounded as if it had been thrown against a wall and had the reeds knocked out of alignment, making it sound detuned. Manufacturing these instruments can be done in cost effective ways while still retaining good outcomes with sound quality. Durability might be another story, but they're not supposed to be family heirlooms at this price (which is fine). Still, it's fair to expect that they do what they were designed to do. No word from the company after writing, so I guess this will just end up in the landfill. Save your money, though. You can get separate pieces that will actually work for pretty cheap and you won't be driven crazy by the dissonant noises your child makes even when using the pieces correctly.
August 28, 2016
Rated 4 out of 5 by MegEBK Mostly Awesome
We got this for my daughter's birthday. We picked this specifically due to her love of all things musical. Within an hour we threw away the harmonica (cheap plastic harmonica that blew so horribly out of tune and high pitched at that!) and the kazoo (there wasn't any way to actually get air through it or anything inside of it to create the classic, kazoo sound!). That being said, we love the box it came in. 2 years later and that is still what we store them in. All of the other instruments play nicely and have held up through 2 years of play and a cross country move. If you want a kazoo or harmonica, look elsewhere, otherwise this box is for you!
July 14, 2016
Rated 2 out of 5 by Lori beginner band set
I bought this set for my 2 year old. The harmonica, jingle stick, and the castanets were a hit. However, the xylophone and the kazoo were a huge disappointment. No sound will come out of the kazoo. As for the xylophone, the only time we can really hear different musical notes is if we run the wooden mallet quickly across all of the bars at one time. If we simply hit each bar separately, the sounds are very close and not at all entertaining for our little one.
March 13, 2016
Rated 3 out of 5 by Musicmom Good start
It is a great beginner set with tons of learning to be had. The quality is not amazing which is why I only gave it 3 stars.It is great that it comes on a wooden tray that you can take out, your child can paint and use to play with Melissa and Doug play food.
March 8, 2016
Rated 2 out of 5 by MrsB Noise makers, not instruments
We didn't realize the instruments wouldn't be tuned. For example, the xylophone's keys are not in order. They are just random notes, not in a scale. That makes this a really poor toy for people who would like children to learn something about music. It's only useful as a noise maker. A shame from a toy company I had trusted to make good quality toys. As a Kindergarten teacher and mother, I would not recommend this toy.
December 26, 2015
Rated 3 out of 5 by Paige Toker not happy
I am normally a big promoter of Melissa and Doug toys, but was extremely unhappy with the quality of this toy. We gave this as a birthday present to our 3 year old. The wood was unfinished and resulted in a couple of slivers, the xylophone has 2 keys that don't work. One is banged down to the base and turns sideways to affect the one beside it. We are enjoying the other instruments, but are dissapointed in this one.
February 9, 2013
Rated 2 out of 5 by dan decent quality, but not tuned...!
we bought this set a while ago for our kids. i got these based on our previous experience with M&D products, and to teach sound and music to my children. Once they opened it and started playing with the instruments, i realized they were not tuned right. I was quite upset as these proved unusable for that purpose. As we lived abroad at the time, we couldn't return this product.
December 28, 2011
Rated 1 out of 5 by matadecafe Not worth your money
I just paid $16 for my 3 yr. old son who loves music. I am very disappointed in the quality of this product; definitively not what I expected from your brand. The xylophone hardly makes any noise, the kazoo does not work at all, and the stick to play the xylophone broke in less than 5 minutes of being used. I will be bringing this toy back to the store to get my money back.
January 24, 2014