Christmas is fast approaching and the time for getting the presents sorted is whizzing by…
So, we’ve curated a list of 10 great gifts for piano players (potential future superstars?!). With something to suit every budget, let Dawsons help you in your quest to find the perfect present.
1. Casio CDP-S100 Slimline Digital Piano
As it’s the start of the list, why not kick things off with something for everyone from beginners to seasons pros. Introducing the Casio CDP-S100 Slimline Digital Piano, which is perfect for developing/maintaining proper technique at home or on the road.
Hammer-Action II Keyboard
The superb 88-key hammer-action II keyboard offers a playing feel that mirrors that of a concert grand for greater authenticity. Therefore, the keys towards the lower end of the scale feel heavier and get gradually lighter towards the higher end. Synthetic ebony and ivory keytops provide a sumptuous tactile feel.
Dynamic Stereo Sound Engine
Casio’s Dynamic Stereo sound engine reproduces a range of instruments (including grand piano) with up to 48-note polyphony (meaning that you can play 48 notes simultaneously, should you wish).
Tools to Learn Piano with
The Casio Chordana Play piano app (compatible with Android and iOS) provides a range of songs to help making learning fun, whilst a full suite of effects including chorus and reverb add that extra layer of polish to your sound.
At Dawsons Music we provide a bundle as seen above, which gives you the Casio CDP-S100 complete with Stand, Headphones, and Bench – Casio already supply a Sheet Music Stand – to get you off to a flying start.
2. Mirage Keyboard Accessory Pack
Rather than occupying space at a desk or dining room table, the stand provides a stable base for the keyboard. The simple yet sturdy design is easy to manoeuvre and stays firm thanks to the quick-locking mechanism.
The adjustable bench features safety locks for stability, whilst the cushioned seat maximises comfort during lengthy practise sessions.
Finally, a pair of headphones enable silent practise when repeating scales for hours on end. Not bad at all.
3. Stagg MM-70 Metronome
From absolute beginner to concert pianist, the humble metronome is critical in honing a musician’s timing. Clicks provide a reference tempo to play along to, use to subdivide the beat, slow down, speed up, etc. The Stagg MM-70 Metronome is a classically styled mechanical metronome. The all-metal, high-precision mechanism resides in a durable casing, whilst the – somewhat hypnotic – swinging pendulum provides a visual aid and that distinctive click. It doesn’t require batteries thanks to the built-in winding mechanism.
As cool as the classic mechanical metronome may be, it is a little cumbersome for musicians on the go. Here’s where the Korg MA-1 Digital Metronome comes into its own. Feature packed, pocket-friendly and affordable, it’s a favourite amongst musicians the world over. Not only is it a handy metronome, it also has a chromatic reference tuner, a headphone output and ludicrously long battery life! It will even switch itself off after 20 minutes in case you forget to.
4. Akai MPK Mini Play Controller Keyboard
You never know when a song idea might pop into your head. The Akai MPK Mini Play Controller Keyboard is a one-stop solution to help your creativity flow when lightning strikes. Alongside 25 synth-action mini keys there are drum pads to tap out beats, a built-in arpeggiator for cultivating complex melodies, pitch and modulation controls, and a plethora of dials and knobs to tweak and tailor your tracks.
Akai have long been a favourite of producers thanks to their high-quality gear and rock-solid built quality. The MPK Mini Play benefits from a wealth of experience and is the perfect creation station. Thanks to USB connectivity you can hook it up to anything and everything, whenever and wherever your music takes you.
5. Gig Bag or Hard Case
So, you’ve got a keyboard, digital/stage piano and you need to get to a jam/practise session, a lesson, or a gig. Simply slinging it under your arm and hoping that it will get from A to B in one piece isn’t good enough. A gig bag or hard case doesn’t just make it easier to carry your keyboard or piano securely, it minimises or in some cases eliminates the chances of it getting damaged.
We have a selection of bags and cases to suit everything from a mini-keyboard to an 88-key stage piano. Trust us, if you haven’t got one then there is going to come a time that you will need one.
6. Numark DJ2GO2 Controller
Chances are that the keys player in your life is interested that more than one type of music. So, why not throw a bitch of a curve ball and give them the chance to make music but be creative in a completely different way? Introducing the awesome Numark DJ2GO2 Portable Serato DJ Controller, a compact two-channel DJ controller that is perfect for honing for DJ skills on with the bundled Serato DJ software.
All they’ll need is a computer/laptop and they’re away. Whether they’re just having the craic, having a party or prepping for an upcoming DJ set, the Numark DJ2GO2 is a surprisingly powerful controller given its modest proportions.
7. Redwood DR-30 Keyboard Amp
Now that your playing is up to scratch, you want to wow audiences with your intricate chops. Taking your show on the road or rather to the street is one thing, but how can you ensure that you’re heard? Behold, the Redwood DR-30 Keyboard Amplifier is the answer to your prayers. Built with a solid hardwood enclosure with tough metal grille protecting the 10-inch woofer and 3-inch tweeter, it is perfect for busking and gigging with. The angled design projects your performance beautifully, whilst the volume and two-band EQ controls allow you to shape the output for maximum clarity. You can even connect an external audio device for playing along to backing tracks and Send/Returns connections for integrating external effects. A handy piece of kit to go along with it is the Stagg Deluxe Instrument Cable, you wouldn’t want to forget that!
8. Essentials M1 Microphone Pack
OK, so you’ve got the keyboard/stage piano, you’ve got the amp, but what about talking to your adoring fans? Yeah, screaming at them isn’t a good look (unless you’re going for an avant-garde style performance). The Essentials Microphone Pack features a responsive dynamic microphone, which is perfect for vocals. Along with the mic you’ll find a cable, stand and mic clip to get you up and running.
9. Mirage PB109 Adjustable Piano Stool
For the keys player or pianist who already has the instrument of the dreams, what can you get them to let you know that you care? How about a heavenly throne to ensure that they are comfortable whenever they play? The Mirage PB109 Adjustable Piano Stool offers a luxurious seat without breaking the bank. The solid hardwood construction with paired with a padded cushion seat with corduroy finish. Mirage have even gone so far as to place rubber feet at the base of each leg to eliminate movement. The adjustable height makes this ideal for families who require flexibility between adults and children. The adjustable bench is also great for tall players who find standard height benches uncomfortable. Available in a variety of colours, there’s a finish to complement most pianos (no, lime green is not an option).
10. Fender Musician Series Ear Plugs
Considering the safe audible pressure level for our ears is 80dB and the average drum kit played at full velocity can kick out around 120dB, it’s no wonder that musicians who gig or play at loud volumes regularly will eventually suffer some form of noise induced hearing loss.
Tinnitus is a debilitating condition that can really affect the way you enjoy music and is quite common amongst musicians who don’t look after their hearing. Of course, the stigma around earplugs is that they destroy all the good parts of the music – leaving you with a muffled mess to listen to. Well, with the Fender Musician Series Ear Plugs this is NOT the case.
Protect your hearing during rehearsals, performances, gigs, etc. thanks to the massive 22dB noise reduction rating and keep ears in top condition for years to come.
Jon is a multi-instrumentalist with a passion for inspiring others to get involved in making music. After spending many years playing venues here, there and – pretty much – everywhere, he joined the Dawsons’ Music Web Team before progressing into his current role managing the Dawsons Blog.