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West Music Recalls Basic Beat Instruments

West Music has recalled about 6,500 Basic Beat shaker guiro instruments. Surface paint on the recalled shaker guiro instrument contains excessive levels of lead.

The recalled shaker guiro is a ridged, cylinder-shaped percussion instrument that contains beads; it is played by scraping a stick along the surface. The shaker guiro measures about 2" wide x 5" long. One end of the instrument is painted red and the other end is painted blue. The center section and stick are made out of natural wood. "Basic Beat 5" Guiro/Shaker," "SHBB5," and "Recommended for Ages 6+" are printed on the packaging.

These instruments were manufactured in Taiwan and sold by West Music retail stores in Iowa and Illinois, the West Music catalog, online at, and West Music booths at conventions and workshops nationwide, the Music Together Catalog, and from November 2001 through March 2008 for between $9 and $11.

Consumers should immediately take the recalled shaker guiro instrument away from children and contact West Music to arrange to receive a replacement instrument. For additional information, contact West Music at (800) 397-9378 Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. CT, or email the firm at

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