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As a family we love music, are always listening to music and the children have always shown interest in playing musical instruments. We were excited when Carry-on got in touch to introduce us to their range of portable musical instruments.
Who are Carry-on?
Carry-on create portable musical instruments that have been developed by Blackstar Amplification. They have designed musical instruments for people who have limited space in their home for full-sized instruments, people who want to play while travelling or anyone who wants to learn something new. They are also a great option as first musical instruments for kids.
The Carry-on instrument range
The Carry-on range gives you access to pretty much any instrument you want to learn, all within a handful of well made, well thought out instruments.
The range includes both a 49 key and an 88 key piano, a digital wind instrument and a mini guitar and mini bass. They’re all compact but aimed at both children and adults, giving anyone the ability to create their own music anywhere.
The Carry-on piano
The Carry-on pianos come in two different sizes – a 49 key piano that folds in half and an 88 key piano that folds in three places. Both pianos are lightweight and have headphones sockets and USB ports. They come with a sustain pedal and a USB charging cable as well as a handy storage bag included with the 88 key piano.
The pianos have a built-in sound engine with 128 voices plus 128 custom accompaniments which offer a variety of playing styles to practice. They also include 30 different demo songs.
Whether you want the piano to sound like a piano, harpsichord, xylophone or a church organ, there will be a voice that works for you. The Carry-on piano is a diverse instrument that can be the basis for so many pieces of music.
Both pianos have USB and bluetooth connectivity to link the instruments to your laptop, TV or mobile device. Plus, each piano has an 8 hour battery life on a full charge.
The Carry-on digital wind instrument
The Carry-on digital wind instrument is such a fantastic piece of kit. It’s the size of a traditional recorder but can be a saxophone, clarinet or trumpet! It features ten different voices so you can learn whichever instrument suits you best – or even learn them all!
The wind instrument comes with a carry pouch and charging cable plus, it has built in speakers but can also have headphones attached. It has a three hour battery life on a full charge and is so easy to pick up and play.
The wind instrument features three levels of breath sensitivity, two different fingerings and a washable silicone mouthpiece.
The Carry-on mini guitar
The Carry-on range also features a mini guitar and a mini bass. The mini guitar is the cutest guitar we have ever seen – but fully functional. It’s a real guitar, built to the same standards as full size guitars, just in miniature!
Although the guitar looks the perfect size for children, it’s something adults can also play too – and so much more transportable than a full size guitar and really lightweight too.
The whole Carry-on range is beautiful. The pieces are sleek and nice to use. They’re lovely to hold, easy to play and literally give you a world of music at your fingertips.
The children have loved creating music with the Carry-on instruments. Being able to attach headphones means they can play as often, and wherever they want, without disturbing anyone.
Music brings us joy and it’s so lovely to hear the children practicing songs at home – indoors and in the garden. It’s also inspired Dave and I to pick up the instruments at times and give them a go too.
Carry-on final thoughts
Carry-on instruments are ingenious. They make music accessible to everyone regardless of the size of your home or where you’d like to play. You could take the instruments travelling or for weekends away, easily take them on the train or put them in the boot of the car. Plus, Carry-on instruments cost a fraction of the price of full size, traditional instruments. They are a fantastic investment as a first musical instrument for children.
We love the Carry-on range and would recommend them to anyone wanting to learn something new or want to invest in instruments that fit well into their lives and travels.
You can find out more about the Carry-on instrument range over on their website.