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.

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.

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

Audio Interface Buying Guide

Audio Interface Buying Guide

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How to choose the right audio interface to match your computer, recording needs, and budget

Acoustic Guitar Amplifier Buying Guide

Acoustic Guitar Amplifier Buying Guide

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How to choose the right acoustic guitar amp to match your budget and the venues you play.

Stage Monitors Buying Guide

Stage Monitors Buying Guide

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How to choose the right stage monitor speakers or in-ear monitors to match your budget, music and shows

Trombone Buying Guide

Trombone Buying Guide

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

USB Microphone Buying Guide

USB Microphone Buying Guide

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The features and specs that matter when shopping for a USB-friendly mic to record high-quality audio direct to your computer.

Electric Guitar Buying Guide

Electric Guitar Buying Guide

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The things to look for in choosing an electric guitar that matches your music, budget and skill level.

Recording Equipment Buying Guide

Recording Gear Buying Guide

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How to choose the right audio recording equipment to match your skills, music, and budget.

Power Amp Buying Guide

Power Amp Buying Guide

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How to choose the right power amplifier to match your speakers, PA system and the venues where you’ll be playing.

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