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Tone Educator Bells - Instrument for Children


My grade school music class had many drawers & cabinets full of mysterious instruments.  We got to see some of them from time to time, but one dark bit of flat baggage was absolutely off limits.  Imagine our wonder when the forbidden case hinged open to reveal a set of Tone Educator Bells like these.

I don't want to be incorrect and refer to this as a Xylophone since that describes a wooden instrument (remember the prefix “xylo” from biology class?).  So let's just use the original unimaginative brand name “Tone Educator Bells”. It was rare that our class got to play this instrument, and it's really too bad – this is a great way to teach kids music.

Bellshand Each pitched bell is removable from the case.  The instructor can hand out a few bells for different students to share, or perhaps remove the bells that don't fit the key of a song during a performance.  The set also shows no signs of being 40 years old.  The bells are solid machined metal, the rubber pegs that hold everything together are still supple, and most importantly the bells sound clear as a... bell!  They were made right here in Chicago, I'm proud to add.

On the used market, the Bells seem to average in the $40-150 range, but they're still available from educational music sources today.  I imagine that a new set must be quite expensive – hence my music teacher's reluctance to let any of us ever touch it.  It's a misfortune to have an instrument designed to make music easy for children to learn, and yet keep it out of mallet's reach.




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