Music Instrument Buying Guides

Overwhelmed by the mindboggling array of music gear out there today? Dazed by all the specs, features, and technobabble? Can’t figure out if you want a guitar with active or passive pickups? Stymied over the best way to get started recording or playing live? Can’t decide what recording equipment is right for your home studio? Uncertain what guitar amp is the right fit for your music and budget? You’ve arrived at the place to get the answers you need. We’ll help you choose the music gear and instruments that makes sense for your style and budget with straightforward, no-B.S. information you can count on.

Kids Instruments Buying Guide

Kids and Classroom Instruments Buying Guide

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How to choose the right instruments to help your children embark on a lifetime of playing pleasure

Best Student Band Instruments for Beginners Buying Guide

Best Student Band Instruments for Beginners Buying Guide

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A quick-start parent’s guide to choosing the right trumpet, trombone, saxophone, clarinet, violin, cello or percussion instrument for your budding musician

iOS Gear for Drummers Buying Guide

iOS Gear for Drummers Buying Guide

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Take a tour of the newest iOS-aware gear that's taking the art of drumming into spheres unimagined just a few years ago.

iOS Gear for Vocalists Buying Guide

iOS Gear for Vocalists Buying Guide

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Apple’s iOS has rapidly become a serious platform for musicians who use its numerous apps to work efficiently, especially on the go. Whether creating pro-quality recordings, performing, sharing music with your band, or getting in more practice, players at all levels are using their iPads and iPhones as a hub for their musical exploits.

Beginners Guide to Buying Drums & Percussion

The Beginners Guide to Buying Drums & Percussion

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How to choose the right starter drum kit, cymbals, drum accessories or percussion instruments to bring out the best in your budding musician while maintaining your budget and sanity.

Harmonica Buying Guide

Harmonica Buying Guide

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The late Chicago blues harp maestro Carey Bell who learned from masters such as Big Walter Horton and Little Walter Jacobs. Photo courtesy of Hohner.

Everything you need to know about the “mouth harp” and how to choose the right one(s) to match your music and ambitions.

Best Recording Gear for Beginners

The Best Recording Gear for Beginners

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How to choose the right audio equipment to match your ambitions, budget and music

Flute Buying Guide

Flute Buying Guide

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How to choose the right flute to match your music, skill and budget

Best Guitars for Beginners

The Best Guitars for Beginners

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How to choose the right acoustic or electric guitar to match the new player’s musical focus and your budget.

Guitarist’s Buying Guide to iOS Gear

The Guitarist’s Buying Guide to iOS Gear

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How to find the right iOS-compatible audio equipment to help make you a better playing and sounding guitarist

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