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As I’ve often said, I’m trying to build up a collection of instruments for N, and engage him to have an interest or at least understanding of different types of music. So when I had the opportunity to review something from Streethub, I was pleased to see they stocked a few instruments.
Streethub is a lovely idea. It’s a website bringing together independent sellers of home and fashion items, in and near London. As a customer you can discover more about independent boutiques and support your small local businesses. And because the sellers are local, you can click or collect the same day from the shop for free, or have your purchases delivered to you (even on the same day if in London!). Now, I’m obviously not near London, but I was still able to have my item delivered.
There were a couple of instruments I thought N would love, but decided on an accordion in the end. I wasn’t sure if N knew what one was, but decided that it looked substantial enough to sound like a proper instrument rather than a screechy kiddy toy.
When the box arrived, N was straight into it. I was right in that he didn’t know what an accordion was. But he had soon worked out how to slip his hands into the straps and was pressing the buttons.
I had to show him how to pull out and push in the box to get the air to flow which is quite stiff for him. Over time I’m sure it’ll loosen up a bit, but in the meantime he’s doing pretty well playing it.
The accordian looks and feels like good quality. It’s a good weight without being too heavy for a young child, and it has straps to hold it closed up when not in use. Perfect when you’ve got a child who leaves toys around all over the place, it means I don’t need to worry about it being damaged.
In terms of sound, I always want to try and find N musical instruments that he can play with and enjoy, but don’t drive me round the bend with their sound. While I wouldn’t choose to listen to an accordian, this one has relatively mellow sound, even with a 4 year old playing it. Even the OH has had a go and hasn’t moaned about another new musical instrument turning up in the house (I will bombard him with music until he realises it’s normal to have a piano in the house and let me bring mine in!).
What instruments do you have at home? Did or do you play an instrument?