The old Chicago-based Lyons Music Company was renowned for its customer service, the first of its kind to send out salespeople to represent their products. The most famous of the early products was the Tonette, an educational instrument, much like the recorder, which became the national schoolroom standard. Most elementary and pre-school classrooms are full of Lyons’ signature educational instruments for beginners of all ages as individuals or groups. Everyone's first wind instrument, the recorder, still comes as a single or in various quantities at a discount, as do many of the popular items.
Lyons Rhythm Kits provide a whole ensemble of basic instruments for groups of 16, 22, 30 or 40 kids. The kits include rhythm sticks, triangles, castanets, cymbals, sand blocks, batons, wrist bells, sleigh bells, tambourines and more. When that group is ready for advancement, the Lyons 6-piece Orff Instrument Set is ready for them with xylophones and metallophones and a bass xylophone. All of these feature an all-glued construction resonator box for excellent tone plus F# and Bb bars for group play in various keys, as do Lyon’s popular glockenspiels.
Lyons products may also be under the musicians as they produce a fine line of risers and riser accessories for all types of performances.