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    Reading a book on unusual instruments used on recordings and there are quite a few which were marketed and sold as toys. Melodicas were a whistle with a piano keyboard on one side with a two octave or so range usually, they started selling cheaper version of these in the '60s.

    Also in the '60s was the Stylophone with endorsements by Rolf Harris, and then David Bowie who used it in his Space Oddity song.

    In the late '70s there was an electronic toy called the Rhythm Machine with the Bee Gees endorsing it to the point of their photo being on the box and the group logo being on the toy itself. You can see a clip of one on Youtube here:

    I still have a toy xylophone made in England called a Pixiphone. It's very high quality with a lovely sound (sorry Sooty, but the ones you sponsored were all a bit naff really). Steve Peregrine Took played one on early Tyrannosaurus Rex recordings with Marc Bolan at his side!

    What musical toys do you remember or have?
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  • #2
    A trumpet,xylophone think I had a mini piano in blue


    • #3
      I remember getting a plastic Rolling Stones Guitar , prob worth a few quid if I’d kept it


      • #4
        I still have my kazoo !
        Ejector seat?...your jokin!


        • #5
          Teddy Ruxpin - was he a Teddy Bear or a tape recorder? You decide.
          I've everything I need to keep me satisfied
          There's nothing you can do to make me change my mind
          I'm having so much fun
          My lucky number's one
          Ah! Oh! Ah! Oh!


          • #6
            I remember seeing Teddy Ruxpin advertised on tv but strangely didn't want one. I liked the stuffies that didn't 'do' things.

            I remember we had a slide whistle and used to make Clangers type noises with it until everyone got tired of hearing it. Also would do the poor folks' kazoo of a comb with tissue paper or semi-stiff cellophane.

            The toy everyone but the kid hates would be the tin drum; now there's something to give to a child of a family you don't like!
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