Buying your Instrument - Start Here!




So your child LOVED their trial lesson in piano---but you don't have a piano at home. A quick Google search for "where to buy a piano keyboard" got you fifty million different options, and now you're overwhelmed. Yikes!


The amount of purchasing options available for different piano keyboards, drum sets, and guitars can be a lot to handle, to say the least---not to mention that you have to consider pricing/budget, quality of the instrument, and other factors! It can all be overwhelming but it doesn't have to be. Take a deep breath, and check out our recommendations for each instrument and price point.


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Piano and Keyboards

Guitar

Drums

Violin

Miscellaneous



PIANO AND KEYBOARDS

Recommendations for Beginners


Model: YAMAHA-Beginner keyboard! Student Level: Beginner

Budget: $100-$300

Notes: Great for Beginner and intermediate. Does come with a stand and seat---for 5/6/7 year olds it might be a little bit too much.


Model: Rock Jam Keyboard for beginner (Budget keyboard)

Student Level: Beginner

Budget: $100-$200

Notes: This one is geared towards beginners only, but it's affordable and everything is included (headphones, music stand, keyboard stand, bench), so it's a good short-term investment before they level up. Not for advanced students.


Recommendations for Intermediate/Advanced


Model: BCP-Intermediate and Advanced keyboard

Student Level: Intermediate/Advanced

Budget: $200-$300

Notes: Comes with a sustain pedal that the other one doesn't, and having a sustain pedal is important. Also comes with its own music stand.


Model: Lagrima-advanced student Piano

Student Level: Advanced

Budget: $400-$500

Notes: Good investment for very serious students and it can last for a very long time. It comes with all three pedals, and has weighted keys and it comes with a piano bench.


GUITAR


Model: LUCIDA 3/4 size nylon string guitar

Size: ¾ Size

Price: $99-$150

Age range: 5+

Notes: For Beginners and intermediate.


Model: FENDER Full size nylon string guitar

Size: Full Size

Price: $80-$200

Age range: 8+

Notes: Can be used for beginner, intermediate and advanced. Recommended for ages 8 and up.


Model: FENDER 3/4 size nylon string guitar

Size: ¾ Size

Price: $149-$200

Age range: 5+

Notes: For beginners and intermediate. Comes with a guitar bag.


Model: YAMAHA Full size nylon string guitar Size: Full Size

Price: $150-$350

Age range: 12+

Notes: For intermediate and advanced for the age 12+ (recommended because of the size of the guitar neck. It’s very wide).


Model: IBANEZ Full size metal string guitar

Size: Full size

Price: $299-$399

Age range: 8+

Notes: Can be used for beginner, intermediate and advanced. Recommended for ages 8 and up.


Model: CORDOBA 7/8th size nylon string guitar

Size: Full Size

Price: $300-$400

Age range: 8+

Notes: For beginners, intermediate and advanced. For ages 8 and up.


Model: CORDOBA Full size nylon string guitar

Size: Full size

Price: $349-$500

Age range: 10+

Notes: Not for the beginner but definitely for intermediate and advanced. Recommended age 10 and up.



DRUMS


Recommendations for Beginners


PEARL-RS 5 pc drums set

Price: $1,304

Pros:

-5-piece provides great versatility for a beginner drummer

-good entry-level set

Cons:

- stock cymbals don't sound good

- stock drumheads don't sound good and are not durable


Ludwig 5 pc drums set

Price: $469.99

Pros:

- 5-piece provides great versatility for a beginner drummer

- good entry-level set

Cons:

- stock cymbals don't sound good

- stock drumheads don't sound good and are not durable


Recommendations for Intermediate/Advanced


YAMAHA STAGE 5 pc drums set

Price: $679.99

Pros:

- uncluttered, classic, clean design

- great sound

- great value for money

Cons:

- No plastic or rubber gaskets underneath the lugs

- doesn't come with a kick pedal or snare stand


PEARL 5 PC Drums set

Price: $1,647

Pros

- great value for money

- good for practice and small gigs

Cons

- Poplar wood choice leaves a lot to be desired in a studio recording setting

- decent stands, there are sturdier one out there however

- doesn't come with cymbals (standard for mid to high-end kits)


GRETSCH-Full drum set

Price: $1,423.31

Pros

- beautiful silver oyster pearl finish

- maple wood is an industry-standard studio sessions

- versatile 20", 14", 12", and 10" shells make it suitable for almost any gig or session

- easy to tune

Cons

- no snare, stands, or cymbals included (standard for high-end kits)


Sticks for drums-

VATER wood tip drums stick


Practice pad for drums-

EVANS -REALFEEL two sided practice pad




VIOLINS

Violin sizes:

Age: 4-6

Arm length: 17"-17.5"

Violin Size: 1/8

Age: 6-8

Arm Length: 17.5"-19.5"

Violin Size:1/4

Age: 8-10

Arm length: 20"-22"

Violin Size: 1/2

Age: 10-11

Arm length: 22"-23"

Violin Size: 3/4

Age: 11+

Arm length: 23"+

Violin Size: 4/4

Beginner Violins:

Mendini full size

Price: $99.99

Pros: Comes with extra strings, case, tuner, adjustable shoulder rest, rosin, great price.

Cons: Amazon does not have 1/8 size currently.

Stentor 3/4 violin

Price: $169.99

Pros: Perfect for students between the ages of 10-11.

Cons: Does not come with anything else but bow and violin.

Mendini MV300

Price: $99.99

Pros: Comes with extra strings, case, tuner, adjustable shoulder rest, rosin, great price, comes in 1/8, 1/2, 1/4, 4/4 sizes.

Cons: Does not come in a 3/4 size.

Bunnel Pupil Violin

Price: $99.99

Pros: Comes with extra strings, case, tuner, adjustable shoulder rest, rosin, strap, comes in any size, great for anyone who is looking for a violin that will last a long time.

Cons: higher price range.


MISC


Ear Buds for Performing/Recording

Singers Mic (For Studio Recording and Stage)

XLR Cable

Scarlett 2i2 Audio Interface

Headphones for the Scarlett interface


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