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Getting the Best Keyboard for Your Money

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Maximize Your Keyboard Purchasing Power

A keyboard is a great investment that can pay off huge dividends in musical enjoyment, so you need to be careful when buying one. This is true whether you are a first-time buyer or a seasoned keyboardist looking to upgrade or expand your equipment. This buying guide will help you make the right decisions and get the most bang for your buck.

Do your homework, and know what you are looking for

The more research you do on the front end, the better your buying experience is likely to be. Make a list of features that you must have, and those which you would like to have. This is easier if you have more musical experience under your belt, but is still a good idea even for a beginner. Once you have your choices narrowed down to a handful of keyboards, read reviews for these instruments in magazines or online. Side-by-side comparison articles are particularly helpful here. When you have your choices narrowed down to one or two possibilities, and know their retail value, it’s time to shop!

Retail sales — timing is everything

Retail outlets are quite predictable, and you can use that predictability to your advantage. Most of their sales fall on holiday weekends, as well as the dreaded Black Friday and After-Christmas sales. Waiting for one of these sales can save you anywhere from 10 to 50 percent on the price of your keyboard; sometimes you can save even more. If you are willing and able to delay gratification, you may be able to save quite a lot on your purchase.

Buying a used or demo keyboard

You can save a considerable amount of money by buying used equipment or a model that was a sales-floor demonstration model. If you don’t mind a few dings, scratches, or dents you can go home with a keyboard that plays like new but costs considerably less than a new one.

When buying used, however, you should be very careful about it. Make sure the seller is reputable, and find out what their return policy is. If they do not allow returns on used items, be extra careful. Take as much time as you need to play the instrument and put it through its paces. If you are not 100% sure after that, walk away.

Buying online

You can save a lot of money by buying from online retailers such as Sweetwater, Musician’s Friend, and American Musical Supply. Many times, they can offer a wider selection than their brick-and-mortar counterparts. They are worth seeking out.

When buying online, follow your instincts and your logic. Although the keyboard you choose may be priced lower than what you can find in your neighborhood, you need to also consider shipping costs as the combined total may actually be higher. Another potential pitfall is financing. Many of these companies offer low monthly payments on purchases, even for first-time buyers or people with poor credit. It can seem like a very attractive deal. But when you add those payments up, they can wind up costing you twice as much or more than the price you would have paid if you had saved up the money first.

Be smart and save big!

Hopefully these ideas will help you save money on your next keyboard purchase.

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