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 information you can count on.

Piano and Keyboard Buying Guide

Pianos and Keyboards: How to Choose

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From affordable starter pianos and MIDI controllers to sophisticated synthesizers and keyboard workstations, learn what to look for when you shop for an electronic keyboard to match your budget, music and skills.

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

Trombone Buying Guide

Trombone Buying Guide

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

French Horn Buying Guide

French Horn Buying Guide

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How to choose the right French Horn to match your skill level, music and budget

Buying Guide: Audio Gear to Create Amazing Podcasts

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Choose the right microphones, headphones, and audio interfaces to carve out your commanding presence in the blogosphere.

Headphones and Earphones Buying Guide

Headphones and Earphones Buying Guide

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What do you look for in headphones and earphones? While there are many models to choose from, your planned use should help greatly to narrow your choices.

Saxophone and Clarinet Mouthpiece Buying Guide

Saxophone and Clarinet Mouthpiece Buying Guide

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Mouthpieces exert a huge impact on your instrument’s tone and playability. Learn how to choose one to match your music, budget and skill level.

Brass Instrument Mouthpiece Buying Guide

Brass Instrument Mouthpiece Buying Guide

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How to find the right trumpet, cornet, flugelhorn, trombone, French horn or other brass instrument mouthpiece that makes sense for your music, budget and skill level.

Best Keyboards and Pianos for Beginners

The Best Keyboards and Pianos for Beginners

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The crucial things to look for when shopping for a first piano or electronic keyboard.

Microphone Buying Guide

Microphone Buying Guide

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When you're shopping for new microphones, you'll encounter a range of different types of microphones spanning a vast range of prices. The sheer volume of specifications and features associated with the hundreds of available models can be confusing, leaving you with little basis for comparison aside from a microphone's price.

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