This set is SO CUTE! It contains a lot of pieces and the little flutophone looks like the real recorders we played as kids. It contains a metal music stand and an adorable little booklet of sheet music that you can read. You can read the instructions and help Emily learn to play. It looks like a good buy for the price and I will add it to my wishlist and hope it doesn't retire before I can afford it.
When Emily’s practice card shows she’s practiced more than anyone in her third-grade class, Miss Campbell picks her to do a solo on her flutophone at the spring concert. Emily gets ready for her spotlight performance with this set: * A pretend Flutophone with a box to carry and store it * An adjustable music stand on which to place her music book
A great $10 well spend.
I mean, I know that Emily is from 1944 and all, but who does not remember playing the recorder in elementary school!
The center piece is the flutophone and a cool detail, you can keep it in it's box.
The flutophone is made of light plastic. The mouth piece and keys have real holes but don't try to blow into it because the horn has no hole. Was the idea to make it play fell though? The flutophone is very detail. There is a thumb rest and the doll's finger fits over the holes. It is colored ivory with green details.
The box is a 1940's reproduction. In the "huh?" detail, why is flutophone red and the real one green? The box is very detailed, from the $1.00 price to the patent number. Since it is made of cardboard, it damages easily and the flap is a little hard to open and close.
A hair band allows the doll to hold her flutophone.
The music book is another 1940's reproduction. It is made out of light paper and is rather flimsy. The instructions are all there for one to learn to play a flutophone. An interesting note is that the last song in the book is called "The Official Flutophone March."
A minor complaint, it is hard to keep the book open on the stand.
Now for the stand. My family had a metal stand like this. The real thing is an unstable structure of light metal that can easily be taken up or taken down. Like the real thing this stand is made out of real metal. It has weight and is detailed, from the little (unusable) adjuster to the (unusable) little Nobs. The main problem is that unlike the real thing, the sucker will not fold up, which makes a small storage problem. The redeeming factor in this problem is that the base can easily separate from the stand.
When I first opened the set, I was disappointed that it seemed like the stand was not adjustable. I was very happy to find out that I was wrong and the stand does adjust to match the doll's height.
The doll with everything. Even though the $10 sale and free shipping is what got me to buy this set I think it was well worth the original $20 price and perhaps even Ebay mark up of around $10-15 depending how much you want it. I enjoy all the details, from the faithful reproductions of the box and book to the metal stand. The only bummer is that it would nice for the practice card that gets Emily in trouble. Another good point is that this set fits into periods from 1943 (when the flutophone) to modern girls learning to play the recorder. For a well thought out construction to the various periods of use it deserves an A.
And Cécile makes eight...and maybe room for one more.