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Hit Melody

A cross between a player piano, a xylophone and the carnival game where one pounds the figures that randomly pop up
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This instrument looks like a xylophone with large bars that are raised and lowered. Hitting the correct bars when they are raised, with clubs plays a melody. One can choose the tune and speed, ahead of time or be presented with a random, anonymous selection. If electronically produced, the sound could mimic other instruments such as drums.

This might be a popular toy (displaying hit percentage), but I would like to see one used in the percussion section of an orchestra.

FarmerJohn, Sep 03 2002

Simon http://www.yesterda...ows/toys/ty1146.php
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Lionel Hampton http://www.guardian...1711,784668,00.html
A sophisticated, classy, and world renowned artist on the vibraphones and drums, not to be confused with chintzy variations on "Whack-a-Mole". (This particular link was selected not for its graphics, but solely for its credibility with UK readers and references to the many notable musicians that Hampton worked with and influenced.) [jurist, Sep 03 2002, last modified Oct 21 2004]

Sesame Street Busy Poppin' Pals http://www.cpsc.gov...prhtml00/00164.html
Like this, but in reverse? [DrCurry, Sep 03 2002, last modified Oct 21 2004]

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       No doubt, the Lionel Hampton Memorial Foundation will be glad to underwrite a portion of this product's development costs. Timely.
jurist, Sep 03 2002

       This reminds me of the 'Simon' toy I used to have when I was a kid. [see link]
-alx, Sep 03 2002

       [-alx] I bet you had "Mastermind" too.
hippo, Sep 03 2002

       Actually, I never did. Tried playing it a few times with friends, but never had enough fun to want it myself...
-alx, Sep 03 2002

       The Whump Whump Revolution. (to quote Troy McLure: "SPINOFF. Is there another word which brings more joy to the human soul?")
General Washington, Sep 03 2002

       -alx I had Mastermind (4 and 5-peg versions) and not Simon, for the same reasons.   

       FarmerJohn: my son had a toy where pressing (or banging) various keys played a sound and popped up various Sesame Street characters. Which sounds like the exact opposite of what you're after. (See link: looks like my son narrowly avoided death or disfigurement; we had an earlier, safer iteration.)
DrCurry, Sep 03 2002

       Just goes to show that any spring in Mexico is better than China.
FarmerJohn, Sep 03 2002


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