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2011 Award
Chimalong XR
( Woodstock Percussion $150 Score: )

We found this chimalong had sound quality closer to the original Chimalong. The chimes are bigger and rest in a cradle stand. Kids can follow the music or the numbers or color-coded notation. It has better sound quality than most musical toys. That said, it does not have all that musicians with perfect pitch would desire.  We suggest you try this in the toy shop and see how it sounds to you and (given the price) decide if your child is going to find this a compelling toy to return to again and again. It is one of those big ticket items that should be memorable. That will depend upon how good a match it is to the child who gets it. It is not one of those toys that instantly or automatically plays. Kids have to apply themselves. Some like that kind of challenge - others will fiddle with it a few times and then leave it in a corner. You have to know the child you are bringing this to. The age label says 3 & up. We think it will be a better choice for 5 & up.  The company has signed a verification form complying with our safety requirements.  We did not independently test this toy in a lab.

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