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    I know that much of the Richie Rich background music and opening theme music involves a lot of brass instruments, and the opening theme has more of a jazz sound.

    And the opening theme to The Little Rascals cartoon series involves some kind of whistle, along with a xylophone and a harmonica, and other instruments used that I cannot identify.

    What instruments were used in the background music for "Richie Rich" and "The Little Rascals" that anybody could identify?

    The reason I ask this is because I am going to try to record my own renditions of such background music for my own personal use.
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    Must admit I'm pretty bad at identifying various instruments,but I always got a kick out of the end of the ''Richie Rich'' theme.When Richie winked to the audience,you could hear the sound of a cash register!
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    I do believe the sting heard at the end of "Ends of the Earth" and "Irona Story" from Season 4, "Hard to Study" in Season 3, and "A Special Talent" from Season 2 involved some form of xylophone.

    I also find that Hoyt Curtin's music, used in most H-B series in the early 1980s, involved mostly brass instruments and sometimes xylophones.

    Little Rascals related, but the background music heard just after Spanky announced the decision to fix up the riverboat and the Rascals cheering in "Cap'n Spanky's Showboat" involved a cowbell.

    Also, in the scene after Alfalfa got attacked by a live spider in the same episode, I believe either a harmonica or accordion (please clarify?) was used. It's the scene where Alfalfa falls into a hammock and spins, spreading dirt particles, just before Darla was seen barefoot.
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