Pixiphone

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Pixiphone
Pixiphone N.52.jpg
Percussion instrument
Hornbostel–Sachs classification 111.212
(Sets of percussion sticks)
Developed 1950s
Builders
Chas E. Methven Ltd

The Pixiphone was a range of toy glockenspiels (although they were inaccurately labelled as xylophones on their packaging). The larger Pixiphones had a 'raiser-bar' which could be used to end a note abruptly, rather than letting it fade naturally. Although marketed as a children's toy, the Pixiphone could be tuned pitch-perfect and was very robust, resulting in many children using them at British schools.[1]

Diatonic Pixiphone 
Chromatic Pixiphone 

Manufacturer[edit]

The Pixiphone was manufactured by Chas E. Methven Ltd, Chatham, Kent, England and distributed by Playcraft Toys Ltd England from the 1950s to the 1970s (or possibly later).

Recordings[edit]

The Pixiphone was played by Steve Took on three Tyrannosaurus Rex albums, where it is incorrectly (or jokingly) credited as a Pixiephone. [1]

The instrument was also used on the Badfinger song, "She Came Out of the Cold" which featured on the compilation album, Without You.[citation needed]

Similar instruments[edit]

Sooty Xylophones sold in the 1950s and 1960s

A similar but unrelated instrument was sold as the Sooty Pixie Xylophone (Pixie with an e) in the same period.

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