Keyboard Gift Guide

11 Gift Ideas for Keyboardists, Pianists and Synth Nerds

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Looking for a gift for a keyboardist or piano player? Here are some fantastic gift ideas to get you started!

Unsure what to get the keyboardist or pianist in your life? Whether you're looking for the perfect gift for a beginner or something for a more advanced player, Musician's Friend has all the gear you need. While this article features 9 specific products, we encourage you to check out our other gift idea resources including our full selection of keyboardist gifts and Cyber Monday specialsIf you're still having trouble deciding on the perfect gift, Musician's Friend offers gift certificates, deliverable via mail or e-mail. Now, let's take a look at some great keyboard and piano gear.

Yamaha PSR-E263 Portable Keyboard Essentials Package

Knowing how to choose the right keyboard for a beginner can be difficult, but with the Yamaha PSR-E263 Portable Keyboard Essentials Package, we take all of the guesswork out of it for you. Yamaha's 61-key PSR-E263 is an entry level keyboard loaded with sounds and functions for anyone interested in learning how to play piano. The Essentials Package includes batteries, adapter, a sustain pedal, headphones and a 2-year extended warranty. Step up to the PSR-E263 Home Package for a bench, keyboard stand, headphones, sustain pedal, batteries and power supply.

Yamaha PSR-E263 Portable Keyboard Essentials Package

 

ROLI Seaboard Block Modular Wireless MIDI Touch Interface

ROLI's Seaboard Block is a next-gen MIDI controller "keyboard" that offers a level of expressiveness and control that a conventional keyboard never would. Seaboard Block is designed for five dimension's of touch: Strike, Glide, Slide, Press and Lift. In addition to shipping with its own diverse library of sounds, Seaboard Block can be used with conventional music software, as well, controlling your own soft synths and sound libraries in your DAW software of choice.

ROLI Seaboard Block

 

Yamaha Clavinova CLP-625 Console Digital Piano

Yamaha's Clavinova CLP-625 is a fantastic digital piano choice for a beginner or a more advanced player looking for a great in-home setup. The CLP-625 offers gorgeous aesthetics with a richly finished cabinet, ensuring that it will look good in any living room.

The Clavinova CLP-625 ships with 10 sounds including striking Yamaha CFX and Bösendorfer Imperial pianos. In addition to the raw samples, key-off samples and String Resonance help recreate the intricate details of a true piano playing experience, often missing in lesser products.

The CLP-625 includes Yamaha's Graded Hammer 3X keyboard action, featuring synthetic ebony and ivory keytops. With three unique sensors and an escapement mechanism, the CLP-625 will offer a playing experience very much like that of a grand piano.

The Yamaha Clavinova CLP-625 is available in Black, Rosewood and Ebony Polish. 

Yamaha Clavinova CLP625 Console Digital Piano with Bench

Proline Professional Sustain Pedal

If you're looking to add a new level of expressiveness to your keyboard, digital piano or MIDI controller, you'll want to consider this Proline Sustain Pedal. This sustain pedal offers switchable polarity, meaning it should work with most keyboards. Due to its heavy-duty construction and rubber sole, it should have no problem gripping the floor, whether at home, in the studio or on-stage. With a 6' cable attached, you'll have plenty of slack to spare even if you've got your keyboard on a stand. 

Proline Professional Sustain Pedal

What The Customers Are Saying

"This is the 'godfather' of sustain pedals. It is rock solid in build, and heavy enough for the most active player's pedal foot! It also has a switchable selector for adapting to either normally open or normally closed keyboard interfaces. A very good investment!" Chief, from Fort Polk, LA

"Shocked at the heavy construction of this pedal...This will last forever." Fortune Audio Productions from NC

Moog Grandmother Semi-Modular Analog Synthesizer

Introduced at Moogfest 2018, Moog’s Grandmother is a semi-modular analog synthesizer. Although it offers no presets, its expansive design means that it can be designed by synth enthusiasts of all skill levels.

Right out of the box, the Moog Grandmother offers classic Moog sound. The straightforward signal path makes it immediately accessible. Want to dig a little deeper? Grandmother includes 41 unique patch points, allowing you to override the internal signal routing with a design all your own.

In addition to the standard synth features you’d expect (classic Moog 4-pole filter, LFO, etc.), Grandmother includes an authentic spring reverb on-board. Great for adding a sense of “space” while also taming some of the high-end, the real spring reverb is a unique touch that you won’t find in other synths.

Check out our in-depth Moog Grandmother overview, including a video demo with Justin Meldal-Johnsen.

Moog Grandmother Semi-Modular Analog Synthesizer

What The Customers Are Saying

"Just getting starting with my first real Moog. Built like a tank. Knobs, switches and keyboard rock solid. Had a Roland Series 100 semi-modular with the expander back in the day. This is similar, but way better since it has modern features like MIDI and USB connectivity and an old school mechanical spring reverb. Get out the patch cords to get really deep. Patch out the noise with the LFO and instant 3 oscillator synth for starters. Some have objections to the color scheme, I think it helps separate the modules. Also like that the patch points are in synch with the signal flow rather than bunched together in a patch bay." PFM Module, from Huntington Beach

Korg Monologue Analog Synthesizer

If the Model D is a bit out of your price range, you may want to take a look at Korg's Monologue synthesizer. This analog monophonic synth offers an intuitive knob-per-function layout and signal path, making it a solid choice for advanced knob tweakers or a beginner dipping their toes in the water for the first time.

Based on the same basic synth engine as the Korg Minilogue, the Monologue is tweaked to excel at monophonic sounds, specifically leads and basses. It features a brand-new 2-pole VCF (Voltage Controlled Filter), analog drive cuircuit and expanded LFO. Further functionality includes a 16-step sequencer for creating complex, rhythmic and hypnotizing patterns.

Korg Monologue Analog Synthesizer

What The Customers Are Saying

"Huge analog synth sound in a compact battery powered casing. The knobs and keys feel sunstantial. The sequencer is a killer arpeggiator essentially. The distortion and filter on this thing are killer. Tons of bite and brutality unlike a worthy competitor, The Novation Bass Station II - although, a couple of monologues with a Bass Station II would be a great setup. The bass station is super smooth and good for huge, solid center sounds. The Monologue is a squawker with snarl, but "thicker" and "synthier" sounding than a 303 emulator type box. It's quite an amazing little beast. I'll probably get another for true stereo action. If you have a good analog bass machine, having a pair of Monologues wailing different sequences left, right and center would slay it." Jay, from Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Alesis Vmini Portable MIDI Controller Mobile Beginner Package

If you're looking for a beginner MIDI controller setup, you may want to consider the Alesis VMini Mobile Beginner Package. This bundle includes a 25-key MIDI Controller from Alesis, Native Instruments' KOMPLETE Elements software, iZotope's DDLY Dynamic Delay plug-in and Musician's Gear MG900 Headphones.

Designed to get you making music on your computer in no time, this bundle offers plenty of functionality and sound. Komplete Elements includes more than 1,000 sounds, fantastic effects and guitar amplifier simulation and can be used stand-alone or with your host DAW software (ex. GarageBand) of choice.

Four additional Alesis VMini controller and software packages are available with different software and hardware bundled, depending on your budget and needs.

Alesis Vmini Portable MIDI Controller Mobile Beginner Package

Musician's Gear KBX2 Double-Braced Keyboard Stand

A great choice for gigging, practicing or working in the studio, the Musician's Gear KBX2 Double-Braced Keyboard Stand is designed with medium-weight keyboards and MIDI controllers in mind. The KBX2 features 6 different height adjustment settings, steel construction and non-slip end caps. With spring-loaded handles, you can comfortably make changes on-the-fly, making this a very stage-friendly choice. Heights range from 38.5" at its heighest to 20.5" at its lowest.

Musician's Gear KBX2 Double-Braced Keyboard Stand

Williams Legato III Keyboard Beginner Package

This affordable digital piano bundle includes the Williams Legato III, an 88-key digital piano, a stand, bench, Musician's Gear headphones and more. Whether you're looking for an affordable at-home practice setup for an advanced player, or a great beginner digital piano, the Williams Legato Plus is a great choice.

Williams Legato III Beginner's Keyboard Package

Yamaha BB1 Padded Piano Bench

If you're going to be sitting down at a piano or digital piano for awhile, you might as well do it comfortably. The Yamaha BB1 Padded Piano Bench looks great, matching most any decor, and is comfortable and well-built; just what you need in a bench.

Yamaha BB1 Padded Piano Bench

What The Customers Are Saying

"I bought the bench to go with a digital piano. It assembled easily and furnished a place for the musician to sit. It appears to be well made and serves its purpose. Gene, from Beckville, Texas

"Works well the piano I bought my wife for Christmas. Very easy to assemble." Anthony

Roland FP-50 Digital Piano Package

If you're looking for a higher end digital piano for home or the stage, we recommend taking a closer look at Roland's FP-50, bundled here with a stand, damper pedal and headphones. A second package is available, bundled with a Proline X-brace stand.

Roland FP-50 Digital Piano Package

Looking for more great gift ideas? Check out our full selection of keyboard and MIDI products at Musician's Friend.

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