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The Value of Tin Toys

Arturo Ronzon

Tin toys are the thing of the past but like all things of the past, they carry certain values into the future. For tin toys, they carry more than just nostalgic memories of innocent childhood spent winding up the favorite tin robot or chasing around with friends wielding tin pistols. Tin toys of the past that still exists in the present also carry monetary value. Tin toys nowadays are considered collectors items and are sought after

To get a good price on an old tin toy, it must be in pristine condition. If the tin toy comes with the original box, then the value goes up even further. Just to give you an idea of how much a tin toy in good shape can sell for, we will take the Doing the Howdy Doody tin toy as an example. The Howdy Doody tin toy comes with a lithographed tin wind-up piano and a band consisting of Howdy Doody and Buffalo Bob. Howdy Doody dances and stands at 8 tall while Buffalo Bob sits at the piano measuring 7 tall. This whole set if available in mint condition with the box can fetch a cool $2000 or more.

Dont get carried away with thinking that every tin toy will fetch a price like the Howdy Doody toy though as most of the tin toys owned

It is not all about money though. Some people are not interested in selling their old tin toys because of the nostalgic value that the toys hold. If you own a tin toy that was your favorite while you were a kid, chances are the toy would be pretty worn out

Instant Play Piano

PC Magazine , August, 2004

The twin-disc Instant Play Piano is similar in structure to Instant Play Guitar, but it benefits from the fact that, as a keyboard trainer, it can incorporate a MIDI controller into the lesson plan. Like the Instant Play Guitar program, it offers accompanied exercises. But here you have a little more control over the accompaniment, with separate tracks for rhythm and chordal backing.

The Keyboard Foundation disc starts you out on some very simple exercises, designed to get you making music immediately. Disc two features a trainer, which lets you practice sight-reading the music displayed onscreen. You can play from a selection of exercises or import a MIDI file of your own. The program didn`t read our playing very accurately when we triggered the computer`s internal sounds but did much better when we used an external sound source.

Copyright 2004 Ziff Davis Media Inc. All Rights Reserved. Originally appearing in PC Magazine.

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