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1. Rogue RA-100D Dreadnought Guitar,
Too low to display list($119.99)
2. Yamaha PSR-175AD Portable Electronic
$99.99 list($139.99)
3. Elegance 61 Keys Full Size Electronic
$24.79 list($42.95)
4. Lee Oskar Major Diatonic Harmonica,
$44.00 list($149.99)
5. Full Size Violin 4 X 4 with Case
$32.98 list($129.99)
6. 38" Blue Guitar with Carrying
$507.08 list($649.99)
7. Yamaha DGX-505AD Portable Electronic
$182.53 list($229.99)
8. Yamaha PSR295AD Portable Electronic
Too low to display list($249.99)
9. Yamaha PSR295MS Portable Electronic
$17.79 list($28.50)
10. Hohner 560/20 Special 20 Marine
$59.99 list($149.00)
11. Rogue RA-100D Dreadnought Guitar,
$12.99 list($29.95)
12. Kay Chicago Blues Harmonica Pack
$92.62 list($169.99)
13. Yamaha C40 Full Size Nylon-String
$29.99 list($45.00)
14. Pulse B-2 Tunable 2-Tone Bongos
$32.99 list($129.99)
15. 38" Black Guitar with Pick Guard,
$29.99 list($49.00)
16. Dean JTJ Half-Size Steel String
$1.99 list($3.95)
17. Kay Chicago Blues Harmonica, Key
$92.15 list($198.99)
18. Digital LCD Pocket Rollup 49 Keys
$19.99 list($59.99)
19. Rogue Baritone Ukulele
$17.79 list($29.95)
20. Hohner 532/20 Blues Harp Harmonica,

1. Rogue RA-100D Dreadnought Guitar, Natural
by Rogue
list price: $149.00
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Asin: B0002F79YS
Catlog: Musical Instruments
Manufacturer: Rogue
Sales Rank: 58
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

The ultimate starter guitar. A marvel for its price, the traditional dreadnought design makes for one very playable guitar with a great, full tone. Perfect for strumming or fingerpicking any style of music, it's no wonder this guitar has been so highly rated by our customers. Features a genuine spruce top, die-cast tuning machines, 25-1/2" scale nato neck, and bound rosewood fretboard. It's easy to tune and stays that way. Rich, resonant sound and excellent projection and intonation make this a first guitar to be proud of. It's also great for camping or as a second guitar. Each guitar ships with genuine Martin strings for a quality sound right out of the box. ... Read more

Features

  • Genuine spruce top
  • Die-cast tuning machines
  • Nato neck
  • 25-1/2" scale length
  • Bound rosewood fretboard

Reviews (3)

5-0 out of 5 stars Perfect for a beginner!
This is a good guitar at a great price.I bought it to develop my childrens' interest in music and guitar.

I have never played guitar but I have been a musician for 40 years.I can tell you that it sounds great.It looks great.

For this price, it doesn't matter if the kids are a little rough on it.I'm glad that I bought two and I would gladly buy another.

5-0 out of 5 stars Really great for the price
Honestly, I have to agree with all other reviewers.I thought I should comment here since I've actually played the guitar for a few weeks, and it's still wonderful.Holds a tune wonderfully, comes with the Martin strings which sound great, and as a starter guitar you can't get anything better.So it's not a name brand; who cares!All that matters is the sound quality, and I couldn't be happier with that.

5-0 out of 5 stars Sweet.
For $60, all I can say is Wow.

I think the best part was taking the guitar out of its box. The smell of its new paint and glossy finish made me smile. This has everything one can want out of a starter or traveling guitar. In addition to the specifications and features listed in the product description above, the guitar looks nice and holds its tune very well. When you put it in your lap you can tell that the guitar was built well and is pretty sturdy. I actually have no quibbles with it (considering it was only $60).

I was debating whether to buy this Rogue or the Washburn D100, but after reading the reviews and ratings at Musicians Friend, the two are basically ranked the same despite their $40 difference and brand name reputation. You honestly can't go wrong with either one, but if you want to save $40, go with the Rogue. ... Read more


2. Yamaha PSR-175AD Portable Electronic Keyboard with Adapter
by Yamaha
list price: $119.99
our price: Too low to display
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Asin: B0002AGMD2
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Yamaha
Sales Rank: 5775
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Exclusive "DJ" function to modify sound
  • General MIDI makes for great sound
  • 61 Piano-size keys with 100 songs built-in
  • Yamaha PA3C power adapter is included
  • A special port on each speaker adds a powerful impact to bass sound reproduction

Reviews (5)

3-0 out of 5 stars This keyboard's a toy
I beg to differ with the previous reviews. Before I go on, let me state for the record that I have been playing classical piano for over 15 years, and I bought this keyboard for jamming and multitrack recording (both midi/audio).

First, for those who are confused with the entry level Yamaha portable keyboards, the PSR-175AD is almost exactly the same as the PSR-175 and the PSR-172. The only difference is that the PSR-172 is much more widely available than the 175s. That said, let's analyze the more important features:

Keys: You get what you pay for. 61-keys is quite all right for beginners and for those who want to do some basic multitrack recording. Better players should go for a bigger keyboard, unless you don't mind using the transpose feature. However, I gave this keyboard a low rating because the keys are not truly touch-sensitive. These keys are not sensitive to the amount of force you exert on them -- the volume for each key remains the same regardless of the amount of force you exert on it. Instead, the keys are only sensitive to the length of time that they are depressed (this should have been called a portable organ instead). By playing on this keyboard, you will never be able to develop a feel for a real piano which requires varying amounts of force applied to different keys. Thus I would not recommend this keyboard for serious beginning piano players because it only hurts your musical foundation.

As for the other features, the sound patches are adequate for most users and are rather standardized in similar entry-level keyboards. I have no complaints because most of the main instruments are there and sound decent enough (piano, organs, guitars,wind, drums,etc). There is also an automated drum synthesizer that's been preprogrammed to different music genres (e.g. soul, rock, jazz, blues, etc).

Regarding size and weight, this is a small and light keyboard and I have no trouble carrying it around to jamming sessions.

On a final note, I recommend shelling out a little more (about $50) for the PSR-273, another 61-keyboard which is just one step higher and offers touch response keys that feel and react more like a real piano. A touch response key produces a louder sound when you strike it harder, vice-versa. Further, the PSR-273 is only slightly larger and heavier.

Hope this review helps. =)

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Product
Beforing buying this, I went personally to a Best Buy store and compared it with the Casio keyboard.The store person recommended this one for the beginners like me.It has been just one week, and I think this keyboard is very good for the beginners.Though I am having tough time understanding the learning material, I was following some online free lessons on the internet, and so far it has been great.I am still exploring all the features of this piano and they seem to be endless.I strongly recommend buying this from Amazon.com, because they are giving this with the power adaptor which is a must I think, and also even with the Free Shipping option, I got in just 2 days.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great sound
I bought this keyboard on sale at Wal-Mart for about $90 after tax, as a Christmas present for my boyfriend.I was a little nervous about not being able to listen to it beforehand, but boy it sounds great!The Portable Grand feature is especially nice with a sound very similar to a real piano.It has many other features too, including many other instrument sounds, backbeats, and a built-in tutorial program complete with book of sheet music for 100 (short) songs.One very nice thing is that it comes with a power adapter so that you can start playing right away... I noticed some of the other keyboards did not include this.
My boyfriend is really enjoying this keyboard and has taught himself 4 of the songs from the book in just the last two months (playing two-handed), with no previous musical training!His sister was so impressed when she heard it that she went out and ordered the same model from Amazon for herself.I think the other reviewers are right that this would have cost a lot more money a few years ago.It has a ton of great features and is really a fantastic keyboard for the price.

5-0 out of 5 stars excellent keyboard
this is the keyboard i own because of technology advances youre getting a keyboard that woulda cost around 500 in the 80s for 100 the sound quality is suberb the piano the organ all sound like worldclass expensive keyboards it has 100 built in songs(mostly classical) and 100 sounds from flutes to harps to banjo u name it it has them all it also has an oboard drum machine and hundreds of various styles of music i use it when i play guitar u can have a whole band going on and record your guitar on top of it so its great to have around to create ideas or live performance its loud with good clarity and bass and has outputs for a keyboard amp if u plan on taking it to a gig overall i woulda paid 300 for this quality great sounding keyboard and its only 109 with adapter! the other reviewers right in the store this keyboards the same price without the adapter they charge 1999 for so if u buy this get it off amazon o and the box makes a nice keyboard stand until u can get a real one

5-0 out of 5 stars Great keyboard.. Includes power cord unlike other sellers
I bought this keyboard elswhere. Wish I had bought it here. Amazon includes the power cord. Great keyboard, great sound. The Grand Piano feature is the best! ... Read more


3. Elegance 61 Keys Full Size Electronic Keyboard (Blowout Sale - Limited Time Only!)
by Austin Bazaar Affiliate
list price: $139.99
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Asin: B0007G97B0
Catlog: Musical Instruments
Manufacturer: Austin Bazaar Affiliate
Sales Rank: 13
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Product Description

This 61 keys keyboard is perfect for beginners and students or anyone who doesnt havespace for a grand piano.It comes with advanced features like Rising/Descending tone function, Single and fingered chord/ auto-base-chord/syn. Also includes features such as Vibrato, sustain, fill in, base effect. The LED digital displays relate number. Includes external speaker, AC Power, Double channel output. Large Scale Integration. Includes Users manual. Stand sold separately. Specifications: 935 x 355 x 125 mm; Weight: 5.0 Kg; Tone Area: C2 - C7; Output Power: 4 W ... Read more

Features

  • 61 Standar Keys
  • 20 Timbres, 20 Rhythms, 8 Percussions
  • Rhythm Programming and playback/record/playback
  • 32 Stage Tempo Speed/ 16 Stage Volume Adjustable
  • 8 Demonstration Songs

4. Lee Oskar Major Diatonic Harmonica, C
by Lee Oskar
list price: $42.95
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Asin: B0002F6SFY
Catlog: Musical Instruments
Manufacturer: Lee Oskar
Sales Rank: 8
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

The Major Diatonic harmonica is the most commonly used tuning for playing Blues, Rock, Country Folk & Jazz. Made of quality materials, Lee Oskar Harmonicas are the professional players choice. ... Read more

Features

  • All over the world, professional players prefer Lee Oskar Harps over any other brand
  • ORANGE LABEL 14 Keys:
  • Ab, A, Bb, B, C, Db, D, Eb, E, F, F#, G,
  • Plus Low F and High G

Reviews (1)

5-0 out of 5 stars Awsome Harp!
Don't be put off by the price.This is a the best harmonica I have ever played.It's comfortable to play and you can get amazing bends out of it.Plus I have been playing it for over a year and it's still going strong.It will save you money in the long run. ... Read more


5. Full Size Violin 4 X 4 with Case - Natural Color
by Austin Bazaar Affiliate
list price: $149.99
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Asin: B0007KPI2S
Catlog: Musical Instruments
Manufacturer: Austin Bazaar Affiliate
Sales Rank: 65
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Free carrying case. Four fine tuners. Featherweight case with strap and carrying handle. Pear wood fingerboard. Rosin. Accessory colors/style may vary.Here are some hints to help keep your violin in tune:1. Although the violins come with a bridge, it is not installed. Installing a bridge should not be too difficult, but if you have a problem, please email us. The bridge has to be installed for the violin to play correctly.2. Strings do tend to slip and lose their tune on a new violin because they need to stretch. If this happens, just give it time. This does NOT mean that the violin is defective. The strings just need time to settle in.3. If the violin pegs keep slipping, try to push the peg in while turning it. If they still dont stay in, peg drops are available at most music stores. They are relatively inexpensive and should help the pegs stay in.4. If a strand of hair breaks on the bow, take a pair of nail clippers and cut it from the frog (bottom of the bow) or the top of the bow. A few hairs are bound to fall out with play. Remember to rub a little rosin (included) on the bow before playing. ... Read more

Features

  • New Violin 4/4 Full Size with Case & Bow
  • Great value for the beginning student
  • Maple sides and back
  • Spruce top, ebony colored pegs
  • Wood bow with genuine horse hair

Reviews (5)

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Beginner's Violin, GREAT Service from this store
I bought this violin for my nephew as a beginner's violin and was quite pleased with the value for the price, and it was an affordable way for him to have his own instrument and not have to rent or use a second-hand one. My sister did not realize that it takes a while to "break in" a new violin, meaning strings sometimes break, you have to be careful tuning, etc. and when she thought the violin was "no good" I thought it was a case of having to break it in but also contacted the store to see what the return policy would be.They were so GREAT that myself as a musician would buy from them for me personally again, I have played many string instruments for over 30 years and was quite impressed with the response (return no problem). Overall the service was superb they shipped super fast, kept me informed via email and followed up on the initial "problem report" which turned out just fine as the violin "broke in" and is turning out quite nicely for my nephew. I have not encountered this kind of caring service from the big Sam Ash and other music stores I usually give my business to in New York, and the care and concern from the vendor made a big impression on me.I recommend buying an electric tuner and additional strings during the break-in period, being gentle with the instrument, and asking any questions to the vendor, they are knowledgeable and very helpful and the kind of place that musicians beginner to advanced should shop at.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Beginner's Instrument!
I purchased this violin about a month ago.As a beginning violin student, the previous violin I was playing on was a veritable piece of cardboard with four strings.I wasn't advanced enough for a very fancy violin, and I was tired of renting, so I went online to find a decent violin on a budget.I came across many violins on Amazon, but this one was within my price range and it looked good and came with accessories, like a case, strap, and rosin.I received it about 5 days after I ordered it.The violin looked really good.But it did not come with a bridge attached.I had to put the bridge on myself, which was not all that hard to do.I thought that I would ask my violin teacher to do it, but I managed to do it myself.I started to tune the violin and it seemed okay at first, but the next day when I went to play, the strings were all out of tune again.I had to retune it all over again.I started to get annoyed after doing this a few days in a row.I thought that I had ended up paying for a violin that didn't work.But when I took it to my violin teacher, she said that it was natural for a violin to not hold its tune at first.She said that the strings needed time to settle in.She gave me some peg drops to keep the pegs from slipping.I rubbed a little on the pegs and it seemed to work.She also told me to be careful when I tuned the violin because if I tightened the strings too tight, they could break.After I put the peg drops, I didn't need to tune the violin as often.And now the pegs do not slip at all and the strings just need minor day to day tuning.As for the sound, I can't complain because it is after all an instrument.Unfortunately, the violin does not play itself!Whatever sound I create on the violin is exactly what the violin produces.So if it notes coming out of the violin don't sound good...well let's just say that this is why I'm taking lessons!
This instrument does not have the quality of a $4,000 violin, but obviously I shouldn't expect that since I got this violin for a great low price.You get what you pay for, and for the price I paid for it, I think this violin is GREAT!!I think it is the perfect beginner's instrument and the quality of the violin is very good, as is the quality of the bow and the case.Even my teacher thinks it's great.I am VERY HAPPY with the purchase and would definitely buy from this seller again.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Value for the beginner
I was hesitant to buy this violin at first. But when I received it I was pleasantly surprised. It was everything that I wanted as a beginner. At first the violin needed a little tuning. With the help of my music teacher I was able to tune it. But once I did that it worked like a stellar. I recommend this item to beginners who are currently renting violins. Great Value.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great basic violin - Amazing value for the price
I bought this violin a few weeks ago and it is a super deal at the price. The finish is good, came with all the necessary accessories but more importantly, the notes are perfect. I am not sure if this violin will work if you perform in an orchestra but if you are an amateur musician like I am and just want to make some good melodius music, this is perfect.
I love it. It also fits within my gifting budget.

1-0 out of 5 stars the worst ever!
Purchased a violin via Amazon from Austin Bazaar, what a rip off!
Arrived with the bow broken, bridge is warped, tail piece is cheap plastic instead of wood, and it would not carry a true note if you gave it a bucket!
Looking forward to my cc statement! ... Read more


6. 38" Blue Guitar with Carrying Bag and Accessories (Blowout Sale - Limited Time Only!)
by Austin Bazaar Affiliate
list price: $129.99
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Asin: B0007DGON2
Catlog: Musical Instruments
Manufacturer: Austin Bazaar Affiliate
Sales Rank: 38
Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Guitar is 38 inches in length and come with nylon Strings. The guitar has Linden Binding and wood construction with geared tuning. Each guitar comes with an extra set of strings, pick, tuner, gig bag and strap. The Acoustic Guitar has a loud, bright ringing tone that clearly projects to the listener. This type of guitar is the backbone of most country and bluegrass bands. It's perfect for backing a singer and its stylistic palette encompasses everything from New Age and Country Blues, to hot Bluegrass flatpicking, jazz fusion and "unplugged" rock. Tuning Pegs are made of Brass and Steel for easy tuning and to keep the tuned string held in position. ... Read more

Features

  • Wood Frame
  • Length 38"
  • Perfect for begineers
  • Linden Binding and wood construction with geared tuning
  • Comes with an extra set of strings, pick, tuner, gig bag and strap

Reviews (1)

2-0 out of 5 stars You Get What You Pay For
Overall, I was very disappointed in this item; there's a reason it's such a cheap price and they're trying to get rid of them.It's a smaller guitar than I expected, and the strings are poor quality nylon -- the 1E string snapped on me as I was tuning it, five minutes out of the box.Also, because it doesn't have a trust board, you can't restring it steel strings.The "tuner" it comes with is just a pitch pipe (with a tinny sound at that), and the other "accessories" aren't as great an added advantage as you'd think.Personally, I returned this after the string snapped on me.I'd recommend this guitar only if you're an absolute beginner, and even then, you'd probably want to learn on something a little more durable than this. ... Read more


7. Yamaha DGX-505AD Portable Electronic Keyboard with AC Power Adapter
by Yamaha
list price: $649.99
our price: $507.08
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Asin: B0002AGMCI
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Yamaha
Sales Rank: 2996
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

The Yamaha 88-Key Touch-Sensitive Piano-Style Light-Weight Keyboard is the absolute top of the line in the Portable Grand series. It has an attractive, easy-to-use panel and a wealth of features such as high resolution stereo piano sample; SmartMedia storage; USB computer connectivity; a large bitmapped LCD screen capable of displaying notation and lyrics for songs; 6-track sequencer that is designed for the utmost simplicity; Yamaha Education Suite system; and much more. Also includes a matching wood grain keyboard stand, sustain pedal, and ac power adapter. Imported. ... Read more

Features

  • Separate woofers and tweeters deliver sounds with clarity and precision for more lifelike instrument voices
  • General MIDI and Yamaha XGlite makes for great sound
  • 88 light-weighted, piano-style touch-sensitive keys with 100 songs built-in
  • Yamaha power adapter is included
  • Enhances sound quality with sophisticated digital effects like Harmony, Reverb, and Chorus

Reviews (10)

4-0 out of 5 stars Good
This is a great keyboard but is nothing compared to a grand piano. Everything that the keyboard offers is great but learning how to play on a keyboard is entirely different form playing the piano. The keys feel nothing the same and the sound does not have that surround sound like a real piano does. If I had the choice between a keyboard and a piano I would choose a piano, even though the keyboard is fun to play around with the different sounds.

5-0 out of 5 stars everything i need
This keyboard goes above and beyond what I would expect and need out of an instrument in this price range.I took lessons pretty seriously for 8 years growing up, but it's been a while and this is perfect to get me right back into it.It will take me a year to fully explore all of the voice/computer capabilities, but what's most important to me right now is the simple piano function.There are several piano voices to choose from, and the standard "live grand" one is simply beautiful.The pedal's a must, and the sturdy stand is another much-appreciated feature.I have no problem with the keys not being weighted; I can still get a wide range of dynamics (and it makes flourishes even a bit easier!).This is the best large purchase I've made in a very long time.My only regret is that my keyboard is sucking all of my time from my other activities!

5-0 out of 5 stars Simply a Great Buy
Since other reviewers have pretty much covered the product's pros and cons, let me just add one thing for those who are concerned about the keyboard not being weighed.

I have two young sons who have been taking piano lessons for less than a year. As usual for anyone taking piano lessons, my boys get to use a real piano during their lesson sessions, while practicing at home using the Yamaha keyboard. Now, they both gave their first public recital playing a grand piano this past January, and I'd say that they made mefeel one proud daddy.

While I'd agree that going from piano to keyboard is probably easier than the other way around, as long as the student does not exclusively rely on the keyboard, you will not find any issue with adaptability.

I consider myself an extremely careful consumer, and this product is one of those that I'd rate a "perfect buy." Since I had no idea whether my boys would love playing or discontinue after awhile, I didn't want to spend thousands of dollars on a real piano. Well, even though I can tell that my boys will continue for years judging by their interest and talent level, this Yamaha keyboard is so good that, even if I invest in a real piano right now, we won't let the keyboard collect dusts.

By the way, when it's time for my boys to practice violin, I use the Yamaha's metronome to accompany their practice. It's such a versatile instrument that I simply cannot praise it enough. (And I have YET to play around with its PC connectivity!!)

5-0 out of 5 stars Very Awesome For My Purposes
So I'm 19 living in a dorm room on campus. I figured the Clavinova was way too steep on my pockets. I played piano once upon a time, but never took lesssons really. I was attracted to the price of this keyboard and the fact that it was actually full-size. Being sick and tired of my 61-key keyboard, I figured I'd go seek out shopping for a better one and one that is full size.

I don't know digital pianos too well but from experience I've noticed that Yamaha and Roland were pretty formidable with their products. I wouldn't have given a second look to the other brands. I've tried this product out at a store some time ago several times before actually thinking about buying it. I thought it was very nice for a consumer based instrument.

After reading reviews and what not, I was determined then that I would put serious thought into buying it. One minute later I was already pulling out my card to pay for this online. After receiving the product, I was faced with an even bigger burden... carrying it back across campus to my dorm room.

So the package was pretty big. Makes for a good workout if you plan on carrying it back to your home. The contents were packed nicely. The stand was very easy to setup too. Being a computer freak, I have the keyboard sitting next to my computer. The whole USB interface was another thing that turned me on about the keyboard. Little did i know how great it would become when I actually connected it to my computer. The software was easy to use. I can transfer MIDI files to the keyboard via USB and store them on little memory cards.

The thing boasts about how you can take midi files and have them display the sheet music on the LCD screen. I thought that was nifty and all, but I would never use that feature. I'd rather have a software included that'll put the midi file on sheet music ready to be printed.

The "Digital Music Notebook" is a very awesome utility in my opinion. I found it to be so good that I'd place my computer monitor on where my sheet music would go on the keyboard whenever I'm using it with my keyboard (thank goodness it isn't CRT!). So you can use this notebook software to buy/download sheet music digitally. I thought it was pretty lame that you can only print it once (I understand a good few digital sheet vendors do it this way too). Nonetheless, after buying the sheet music, you can view it through the software and have it blow up on your monitor so you can see it full size. You can also make the software play the sheet music (it'll play through your computer or you can configure it to play through the keyboard). A cool thing about it is that you can turn on the learning mode through that software and it'll control your keyboard for it (i.e. there's a learning mode where the song'll play and wait for you to hit the right keys before moving on.) It'll display what keys you need to hit through the software and show you what key's you hit. I thought this whole digital notebook software interface thing was very well done. I thought that the USB interface was solely used for transferring MIDI files.

Though I'm not too much of a piano purist, I think the default piano sound is very nice. This thing holds like over 400 different types of sounds (instruments, voices, sound effects). To be honest, I would rather have them spent more time on perfecting the piano sound, eliminate all other preset voices/styles/songs on the keyboard, and just have it play that one piano sound.

Now, some of the gripes I have with the keyboard.

The sustain pedal isn't all too great. It works fine, but it doesn't really have the feel I'd like it to have. I'm not too whiny about it though to make me want to buy a sustain pedal they sell separately that's made to look like a real piano pedal. The pedal that comes with the keyboard serves its purpose though. If I knew this before buying the keyboard, I would've still bought it anyway.

The piano keys are not weighted. Looking at the picture, one can see that the keys are "fully" shaped like a piano rather than have spaces underneath the keys that the low-end keyboards have. I kinda accidently assumed that it was weighted because of the way they looked. This was back before I test drove it at a store. Playing on a keyboard is much different than playing on a piano. It'll be easier to adjust to a keyboard from a piano than vice versa. If anything, this is probably its biggest weakness in my opinion, but I guess to keep a piano at this price with such a feature wouldn't be too possible.

Overall, I think this digital keyboard is great. Travelling with it isn't bad either if you wish to travel with it. The keyboard has inspired me to practice the instrument more versus the 61-key instrumental junk I had before.

If you're a college student who enjoys playing the piano. I'd recommend this keyboard if you have the room in your dorm. This keyboard is worthy enough for enduring hours and hours of practicing songs and worthy enough if you want to seranade to a special someone or perform for a group (travel friendly once you have the keyboard bag, especially since you won't need to necessarily carry an amplifier with you since speakers are built-in or you can plug one in if you wanted to). It has a 32-note polyphony, but I don't think I'd even go that far. It's nice to know that you have that sort of leaway.

If you're a parent who has a kid growing up and you want them to learn piano, I probably wouldn't recommend this keyboard because of a lack of weighted keys. At that point, I think it would be more advantageous to invest in a Yamaha Cavinova, a Roland Digital Keyboard, or simply a real piano.

This has probably been the best consumer based keyboard I've used. If I were to get a new keyboard in the future, It'll be ranged between $1500-2000. I probably wouldn't be one who'd jump to buy the DGX-506 (if it were to hypothetically come out). For the price range, I couldn't imagine another keyboard that can compete with the DGX-505.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great piano sound!
This is the best keyboard I have ever played so far... Worth every cent! ... Read more


8. Yamaha PSR295AD Portable Electronic Keyboard with Adapter
by Yamaha
list price: $229.99
our price: $182.53
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Asin: B0002AGMDC
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Yamaha
Sales Rank: 6178
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

This Yamaha 61-key touch-sensitive keyboard is wonderful for people that want to learn to play music. Yamaha has beefed up their Education Suite found on previous models with a new version, Version IV. In addition to the standard left- and right-hand lessons, Version IV includes Your Tempo and Repeat and Learn modes. The keyboard comes with 30 pre-loaded songs; flash ROM internal storage for adding more; and 70 additional selections on an included CD-ROM. Simply connect the keyboard to your computer via the USB connector and transfer songs to the keyboard for learning or listening. Includes music rest; accessory CD-ROM; song book and user's manual. Imported. 5-3/4Hx15-1/4Wx37-1/2L". ... Read more

Features

  • Enhances sound quality with sophisticated digital effects like Harmony, Reverb, and Chorus
  • General MIDI and Yamaha XGlite makes for great sound
  • 61 touch-sensitive keys with 100 songs built-in
  • Yamaha power adapter is included
  • Separate woofers and tweeters deliver sounds with clarity and precision for more lifelike instrument voices

Reviews (5)

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Value for Money
[Please note that this product is currently available from Amazon under three packagings: PSR-295 (no adapter), PSR-295AD (includes adapter) and PSR-295MS (includes adapter and stand). I bought the PSR-295MS package.]

I got this full-length keyboard at a great price of $190 with included adapter and keyboard. Both accessories are a must, since this thing is huge.

The product shipped in two days (from PA to MD) with free shipping. I was delighted to find a helpful instructional DVD in the package to get started with the basics, so I didn't have to go through the manual, except for detailed and advanced features.

Also included was a Song Book, with staff music for some popular songs. It's great for someone who knows how to read music - I'm still learning to. There's also software to transfer music between PC and keyboard.

"Portable Grand" is just a one-touch button option to set the keyboard to Grand Piano mode. Of course, this cannot be expected to sound as great or realistic as a high-end digital piano or an expensive wooden one. However, the touch sensitive feature makes it as realistic as possible.

Here are the features I liked:
* Display shows notes and chords being played in three ways - staff notation, note name (ex. E# m7 aug etc.), and graphical (actual keys on a diagram).
* Truly Touch (Force) Sensitive Keys (can be toggled on/off).
* 487 Voices (incl. ~360 XGLite voices).
* 136 Accompaniment Styles to play along.
* Built-in songs which can be practised using Yamaha Education Suite. (Buil-in feature).
* Jog Dial to move between voice/style/song numbers.
* Flash memory to record your songs.
* Direct USB connection (MIDI-USB connecter cable *not* required - that cable would cost around $40).
* Software to transfer songs and voices between PC and keyboard.
* Truly stero output (not just two speakers).
* Phono/Line-Out socket.
* Sustain pedal socket (pedal not included).

Here are some things I didn't like:
* USB cable not included. ($7 extra from Amazon).
* Volume sometime seems a little low. But then, you can always pass output through amps if you really need it that loud.
* No mic or line-in socket.
* Phono out uses 1/4 inch pin. Had to buy a 1/8 to 1/4 converter from RadioShack.
* LCD display is highly "directional", visible only when looking at a particular angle. This is not much of a problem when playing sitting. However, if playing standing, this may be a little inconvenient.
* No sustain toggle switch. If you don't have a sustain pedal, turning sustain on/off manually takes a couple of steps.

Overall, at under $190, free shipping and included adapter and stand, this is a great buy for beginners as well as advanced users.

I had a Yamaha PSS-11 long back. It was a good beginner keyboard but it soon outgrew me, since you couldn't play it with two hands. Overall, I like Yamaha quality and find their keyboards much more professional than Casio ones (maybe I'm wrong). Of course, "real" professionals would use KORG, but that'll be upwards of $1000! :)

4-0 out of 5 stars Great for those trying to learn piano
PROS:
-Extremely lightweight for its size
-Comes with power supply (unlike many other keyboards an amazon.com) and _adjustable height_ stand
-Instruction manual is very well done, and includes music theory (e.g. how to form almost any type of chord)

CONS:
-LCD Display is small; you'll need good eyesight
-The stand that comes with it is not too sturdy; once I decided on the right height for it, I had to reinforce it by wrapping an old piece of speaker wire around the hub a few times. (Hey, it worked!)
-Doesn't come with a USB cable

Although the songbook included is aimed at beginners (with less than, say, a year of piano experience), it's a great piano for anyone trying to learn chord-based playing. You can enter virtually any chord (such as F#m7b5) and the display will indicate what keys you must press to play it. This is very helpful when playing through a fake book and you come across a chord you don't know how to play. (NOTE: As you're playing, the display shows the bass and treble clef indication of every key you play, but does not name the actual chord you're playing (e.g. "Bm7") unless you have the ACMP activated.)

The transposition function is convenient--if you only know how to play in one key, you can play along with any other musician playing the same song in a different key. The pitch-tuning function is also nice (in case you're playing along side a slightly out-of-tune instrument and want to match its sound).

All in all there are well enough features to justify the price; you'll save 22 bucks in shipping by buying it from Amazon, and mine arrived one day after they shipped it out!

NOTE: This piano doesn't come with a sustain petal (as another reviewer indicated), but has a jack for one if you decide to buy one separately.

5-0 out of 5 stars Yamaha's best value in a portable keyboard
The PSR295 was introduced in 2004. It has the same tone generator as the PSR275 with more focus on style (rhythm patterns) than in memory songs .The PSR295 is the entry level in Yamaha's intermediate line of portable keyboards, the PSR275 is at the high end of their entry level keyboards, so if you're just learning to play you might consider the PSR275.

The PSR295 is Yamaha's best value, for around $200 you get over 400 instruments, including a full GM set and Yamaha's XGLite instruments. A six channel sequencer allows for recording of your own songs and a USB port and MIDI USB bridge driver makes connecting the PSR295 to any computer a snap (the USB MIDI driver is especially great if you want to connect the PSR295 to a laptop for MIDI file downloading or connecting to PC sequencing software such as Sonar Cakewalk, Cubase, etc...).

Also I suggest you check out the Casio CTK691. The CTK691 features more on board memory for songs and more instruments (voices), however it lacks the sound quality of the Yamaha PSR295 , those who say otherwise are comparing the sound of the speakers (the speaker system in the CTK691 is a bit better), hook the two up to earphones or an amp and the PSR295 shines. Both offer a GM set, but only the PSR295 offers Yamaha's XGLite (there are quite a few MIDI files floating around that utilize XG) so don't be fooled by the CTK691 apparent more voices, the 400+ available on the PSR295 are better quality. The CTK691 features a standard MIDI port, to connect it to a PC or laptop you're going to be out$20-$40 for an adapter, worse yet if your sound card doesn't havea gameport you'll could be out $60+ for a MIDI card/cable. Yamaha has the right idea by providing USB and a MIDI bridge on top of USB, surprisingly it has very low latency when used as a MIDI Controller (using Cakewalk Sonar), the PC mode button makes it easy to tt configure the keyboard with popular MIDI setups and makes using an external sequencer extreemly easy.

My only compliant with the PSR295 is that they didn't include a standard MIDI IN/OUT port along with the USB. Although I was impressed by the low latency of the USB MIDI driver, it would have been nice to be able to use the keyboard with E-MU 0404 or M-Audio Audiophile 2496. Some of the new budget end "pro" audio cards include excellent MIDI I/O which this keyboard will be unable to take advantage of. Still if I had to pick between USB MIDI and standard MIDI, for a portable keyboard USB is much more practicle

2-0 out of 5 stars Poor piano sound
The piano sound is dire on this keyboard.

It's muffled, and sounds more like a synth trying to sound like a guitar on a couple of notes.

I returned mine for refund and bought a Casio CTK-691.

5-0 out of 5 stars Perfect for Begginers
It does all what it says on the official website and am very happy with the overall quality of the product. If you have a computer studio setup you can use the USB connection provided to create top quality music. And its design is great too.

Other feautures include-
3 touch sensitivity settings
built in flash memory
you can import midis from the pc to the keyboards memory and learn
Sustain pedal

The only drawback is the lack of aftertouch and average sounds apart from the piano and a few others. But if you are using the computer to create sounds this makes it a non issue. ... Read more


9. Yamaha PSR295MS Portable Electronic Keyboard with Adapter and Stand
by Yamaha
list price: $249.99
our price: Too low to display
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Asin: B000622AD2
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Yamaha
Sales Rank: 1211
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Enhances sound quality with sophisticated digital effects like Harmony, Reverb, and Chorus
  • General MIDI and Yamaha XGlite make for great sound
  • 61 touch-sensitive keys with 100 songs built-in
  • Yamaha power adapter and keyboard stand included
  • Separate woofers and tweeters deliver sounds with clarity and precision for more lifelike instrument voices

Reviews (2)

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Value for Money
[This review holds for Yamaha PSR-295. Please note that this product is currently available from Amazon under two packagings: PSR-295AD (includes adapter) and PSR-295MS (includes adapter and stand).]

I got this full-length keyboard at a great price of $190 with included adapter and keyboard. Both accessories are a must, since this thing is huge.

The product shipped in two days (from PA to MD) with free shipping. I was delighted to find a helpful instructional DVD in the package to get started with the basics, so I didn't have to go through the manual, except for detailed and advanced features.

Also included was a Song Book, with staff music for some popular songs. It's great for someone who knows how to read music - I'm still learning to. There's also software to transfer music between PC and keyboard.

"Portable Grand" is just a one-touch button option to set the keyboard to Grand Piano mode. Of course, this cannot be expected to sound as great or realistic as a high-end digital piano or an expensive wooden one. However, the touch sensitive feature makes it as realistic as possible.

Here are the features I liked:
* Display shows notes and chords being played in three ways - staff notation, note name (ex. E# m7 aug etc.), and graphical (actual keys on a diagram).
* Truly Touch (Force) Sensitive Keys (can be toggled on/off).
* 487 Voices (incl. ~360 XGLite voices).
* 136 Accompaniment Styles to play along.
* Built-in songs which can be practised using Yamaha Education Suite. (Buil-in feature).
* Jog Dial to move between voice/style/song numbers.
* Flash memory to record your songs.
* Direct USB connection (MIDI-USB connecter cable *not* required - that cable would cost around $40).
* Software to transfer songs and voices between PC and keyboard.
* Truly stero output (not just two speakers).
* Phono/Line-Out socket.
* Sustain pedal socket (pedal not included).

Here are some things I didn't like:
* USB cable not included. ($7 extra from Amazon).
* Volume sometime seems a little low. But then, you can always pass output through amps if you really need it that loud.
* No mic or line-in socket.
* Phono out uses 1/4 inch pin. Had to buy a 1/8 to 1/4 converter from RadioShack.
* LCD display is highly "directional", visible only when looking at a particular angle. This is not much of a problem when playing sitting. However, if playing standing, this may be a little inconvenient.
* No sustain toggle switch. If you don't have a sustain pedal, turning sustain on/off manually takes a couple of steps.

Overall, at under $190, free shipping and included adapter and stand, this is a great buy for beginners as well as advanced users.

I had a Yamaha PSS-11 long back. It was a good beginner keyboard but it soon outgrew me, since you couldn't play it with two hands. Overall, I like Yamaha quality and find their keyboards much more professional than Casio ones (maybe I'm wrong). Of course, "real" professionals would use KORG, but that'll be upwards of $1000! :)

3-0 out of 5 stars "Portable Grand" feature is not as advertized
In addition to a myriad of musical sounds, this keyboard has the "Portable Grand" button, which was the reason I bought it.Yamaha claims this keyboard produces a "stunningly real and authentic piano sound."Not so.It still sounds like like a cheap electronic keyboard.I was very disappointed and had to pack it up and return it to Amazon.

If you are looking for a keyboard with almost endless musical sounds, tempos, and computer features, this is a good buy; but be advised it will not sound like a piano.

Kona ... Read more


10. Hohner 560/20 Special 20 Marine Band Harmonica, Key of C
by Hohner
list price: $28.50
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Asin: B0002E51RQ
Catlog: Musical Instruments
Manufacturer: Hohner
Sales Rank: 15
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

A smooth comfortable-feeling harmonica with genuine brass plates recessed in a plastic body. Exceptionally warm sounding and airtight with bolted-on covers. ... Read more

Features

  • Pro quality
  • Richter tuning
  • All major keys
  • Genuine brass plates
  • Plastic body

Reviews (2)

5-0 out of 5 stars Smooth, easy to play, easy on the lips
I am a new harmonica player trying to substitute shopping and technical research for practice and talent.I went out and bought nearly every diatonic harmonica under 40 bucks.Most fell by the wayside.I still use the Special 20 every day for a couple of reasons. The one I have is easy to play.And only the plastic cone touches your lips, not the brass plate that sticks out on lots of Hohners.(That's the only reason the Golden Melody comes in second for me.)Overall, it just feels really nice in your hand, smoother even than the non-stick Pro models.

Unless you are shopping addicted, as I am, this is the only harmonica you are going to need for a long time.

5-0 out of 5 stars I Love This Harmonica
I have been playing harmonica for more than two years now.This was my first harmonica ever; the one I learned on.The notes are clear, it lends its self to bending, and just sounds good.Perfect for learning on.Great for continuous play.I recomend this harmonica to anyone who askes me about brands or keys; the Hohner Special 20 "C". ... Read more


11. Rogue RA-100D Dreadnought Guitar, Black
by Rogue
list price: $149.00
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Asin: B0002H0D58
Catlog: Musical Instruments
Manufacturer: Rogue
Sales Rank: 30
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

The ultimate starter guitar. A marvel for its price, the traditional dreadnought design makes for one very playable guitar with a great, full tone. Perfect for strumming or fingerpicking any style of music, it's no wonder this guitar has been so highly rated by our customers. Features a genuine spruce top, die-cast tuning machines, 25-1/2" scale nato neck, and bound rosewood fretboard. It's easy to tune and stays that way. Rich, resonant sound and excellent projection and intonation make this a first guitar to be proud of. It's also great for camping or as a second guitar. Each guitar ships with genuine Martin strings for a quality sound right out of the box. ... Read more

Features

  • Genuine spruce top
  • Die-cast tuning machines
  • Nato neck
  • 25-1/2" scale length
  • Bound rosewood fretboard

Reviews (4)

5-0 out of 5 stars one woman's review
I've been playing the violin for 20-plus years and the guitar for at least 10 years, so I guess you could say I'm a fairly accomplished musician.As a musician, I have to say that this guitar is worth much more than its asking price.It looks great and sounds even better, especially considering that it costs so little to buy!I've owned several guitars and this one sounds just as good as any of the other popular brands.It's easy to tune and hold its tune just right.The proportions are nice, too, and fits nicely with my small hands.I'd recommend this to anyone, especially anyone looking to learn and practice.The black color looks great, too.By the way, I ordered this guitar on June 5th and it arrived to me on June 8th -- talk about fast!

5-0 out of 5 stars A great guitar !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
A great guitar for the price.Great sound, great quality and a very low price.It easily looks and soundsequal or better than a300+ dlls guitar.The only thing that looks a little bit cheap(but hey, is cheap!!!) is the rosewood fretboard but again looks like a 300+ dlls guitar and this one is only 50 dlls.

4-0 out of 5 stars worth every cent . . .
yo mama bought this guitar fo me and its tight g.i be trippin on all da hook ups dis boi been bringin.i be like playing dis ting all nite home boi.i be writin these g songs like a crazy mofo andkickin it wit my runnin crew.yall go check yo self before you be wreckin yo self.i be straight trippin on all da g's dat be comin up to me wen i hit em up on dis.dis be one fine guitar and i not be playing, son.g-g-g-g-g-g-g-unit

5-0 out of 5 stars Amazing for the price
I saw this guitar on sale and ordered it on a whim, thinking that if it were no good I could use it for a canoe paddle or give to the kits to play with.I have played bass recreationally for about 17 years, and occasionally strummed a guitar here and there.I currently own a classical guitar I've had for 10 years, and sold my steel-string guitars several years ago.I wanted this to replace the steel stringed ones, and to take camping, when I didn't want to take the fairly nice classical guitar and risk its damage.When I opened the box, I was astounded to find a guitar with a very fine black finish, action almost perfect, and actually nearly in tune.It looks great and sounds very good.The sealed tuners are very smooth and have kept the guitar in tune thusfar.The only flaws I could see were a small bit of glue where the fretboard met the top, just at the soundhole, and a very slight overlap of some of the binding glue onto the body, maybe 0.2mm x 1mm, only noticable when looking for it.Soundwise, it sounds very good, especially considering the cost. It sounds especially good with a pick.The treble side of the guitar is bright and clear.The bass side of it is a little thin, and the low 'E' is fairly dull when fingerpicking.I am hoping that changing the stock strings might help it a little.It's passable, just not great.The frets are very good, and smooth.The ends are nicely rounded.I had expected to need to polish the frets, but at this point will leave them as-is.To sum it up, I think this guitar is a complete steal for the price if you are a beginner looking to start, or if you want a spare guitar to keep at the lakehouse or to take camping.It plays very good and looks even better.Like I said, I had intended to take this one camping, but it's almost too nice for that. ... Read more


12. Kay Chicago Blues Harmonica Pack
by Kay
list price: $29.95
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Asin: B0002F4Z8G
Catlog: Musical Instruments
Manufacturer: Kay
Sales Rank: 35
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Product Description

Includes keys of A, B, C, D, E, F, and G. 7-key assortment has the 7 natural keys in one velvet-lined carrying box. 10-hole diatonic harmonicas with nickel-plated covers, a clear Lucite comb, and brass reeds. ... Read more

Features

  • Includes keys of A, B, C, D, E, F, and G.
  • 7 natural keys in one box
  • 10-hole diatonic harmonica
  • Nickel-plated covers, clear Lucite comb, and brass reeds

13. Yamaha C40 Full Size Nylon-String Classical Guitar
by Yamaha
list price: $169.99
our price: $92.62
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Asin: B00004UE2D
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Yamaha
Sales Rank: 5506
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Beginners and young learners alike will appreciate the quality found in this Yamaha C series classical guitar. This quality instrument delivers outstanding cost performance with exceptional playability and tone. The C40 is a full-size nylon-string guitar. ... Read more

Features

  • Melamine Gloss Finish
  • Designed for Beginners, with an Eye and Ear Toward Quality and Affordability
  • Spruce Top, Nato Neck
  • Indonesian Mahogany Back and Sides
  • Javanese Rosewood Fingerboard

Reviews (11)

4-0 out of 5 stars Good Start
When I first took guitar lessons a long time ago, the school used Yamaha C-40's. Although I know own guitars that are more expensive, I have a fond appreciation for the C-40.

It is what it is, and what it is is a very good solution for those who do not want to spend a lot of money but yet venture into the classical guitar. I think it is somewhat futile to acid test this guitar much further than that. Sure, it is rather light in construction, but it's affordability and playability compensate for that.

If you're starting, this is a nice guitar to start with.

1-0 out of 5 stars How to buy classical guitar.
If you read this it means you in the same point where I had been some time ago and I hope my advise will help you as much as the same advise had helped to me.
Essentially it is pointless to discuss some hypothetic "classical guitar" on the web. In the same way as all we, people, have the same hands, legs and heads but have different nature and voices, the guitars, even of the same model of the same manufacturer may differ wildly.
The Classical guitar has to be made of wood. And wood, even of the same age and tree has much of personality and much of "specifics in sound.
If you consider this guitar you are shopping in the lowest end for cheap instrument. Well do not do it! Because I doubt you will learn it ever.
First of all buy the real Spanish guitar. I mean Spanish made in Span not the "Spanish" made in China or anywhere else. Spanish guitars, even the cheapest made toward sound, not toward look. Do not buy guitar with laminated top, it will sound as a toilet sitting and you never will be able to get decent sound out of it. The quality of sound is very important while playing classical guitar and you produce the sound with your hands. It is crucially important to learn to produce right sound by positioning fingers and nails properly: you will never learn it with cheap, not authentic guitar, because it will sound the same whatever you will try! It is like a car that make only left turn. Then you will try to play the real guitar not the bogus one , you will find youself incapable to make it sound as other players do.
Do not try to choose guitar yourself because you can't produce any reasonable judgment until you will learn how to make it sound properly, you must take someone who actually knows how to play classical guitar. You have to geta decent instrument because you MUST fall in love with the sound of one, otherwise it is pointless: you play guitar because it fascinates you esthetically. I doubt that toilet sitting sound out of shipping box that pretends to produce music will fascinate you!
Once again, Spanish guitar improves with an age but not one with the laminated top. If you in budget, do not trash you money with cheap Chinese garbage but save more instead and by the real thing.

Here we are, these are my recommendations for those who really seek to learn to play classical/Spanish guitar:
1. Do not buy guitar online, buy it in the local Guitar Center for example! Listen to the actual instrument. If you like the sound take it!
2. Do not buy guitar with laminated top, they are guitar only by appearance.
3. Buy Spanish guitar from Spanish manufacturer, they start as low as $250, roughly.

5-0 out of 5 stars This is all you need to know about this guitar . . . . . . .
This is not a guitar that you buy to play led zeplin, Korn or any other american rock music.This is the perfect guitar to get that authentic spanish sound.This is not a guitar to learn on unless you want to learn classical spanish ballads, however I do think it is a good investment for a beginner that only has an electric guitar.

The reason the strings are far appart is for finger plucking and nylon strings need to sit higher than steal strings.When I played this guitar for the first time at my local guitar store, I loved it (and still do!).You can't play rock, but songs like "dust in the wind" (all finger plucking) are great for this guitar.Just like a strat is for rock, a telecaster is for country, a les paul is for lead, hollowbodies are for blues and so on, this guitar is for classical spanish music.If you want a good beginner guitar, get a Ovation knock off or a Dean (Deans are the best for beginners).

I have some very expensive guitars, but I love playing classical music for girls on this one, and they love it.It is my weapon of choice!

Simply put:It's a great guitar for spanish ballads, and soft finger plucking songs, but not much else, because that's not what it was designed for.

3-0 out of 5 stars Not bad, but not too good either
I've tried the C40 a number of times, and I've always found it a bit lacking.While the price is very reasonable, I can't really bring myself to recommend the guitar.The sound (both basses and trebles) overall is muted, and it feels a little bit too light and cheap.No fit-and-finish issues, but it sometimes feels a bit like a cardboard box with strings.

Granted, for USD99 (Amazon's price at the time of writing), it's not a bad instrument, and if price is your only concern, then it's hard to criticise issues like weak sound and light/cheap construction.Even if you're a beginner, though, you will notice the difference if you're willing to spend a bit more on your guitar.In addition, while the C40 might be worth the 99 dollars it's being sold for here, you can do a lot better around the C40's list price of USD170.

I bought an Almansa 402 for about USD220 a few years back as a secondary "beater" guitar - while it's not spectacular, it has much more presence, and is much more fun to play, than the C40s I have tried.In my experience, the higher-end Yamaha guitars can be great (I love my GC-7), but they tend to skimp a bit at the lower end.

In the end, though, it's up to you - obviously other reviewers are happy with their C40s, and I don't want to be too much of a wet blanket!

1-0 out of 5 stars Everyone seems to get good instrumen I got horrible sample
It seems to me everyone got exceptional instrument except me.I don't understand what's so great about this guitar.Action is just horrible.I mean, look at 12 fret its 10 millimeters.I don't know much about classical but it is not what I would call great playability.Of course, you can play on this guitar, I do.But it's hard.I suppose, one shouldn't expect much from $100 dollars instrument.But I repeat, it's not great.Now about bass strings.They sound bassy, as I suppose, they must.But the thing is their bassines overpower trebles. Trebles sound unproportionally weak. And yes, yes.I did changed strings on a good ones (D-Adario normal tension something) upon getting this guitar from AmazonI should say though that guitar starts to sound much better now than it was when I just got it.But action on this instrument still kills my fingers.I do finger pushups in order to develop muscle on my phalanges, in order, to play on this guitar somehow.Of course, I could ask professional to fix bridge nut, but why would I do it for such cheap guitar.My verdict-unless you want to develop your fingers, in order, to pull out nail with your bare hands, go for it.I will send it back, and buy myself inexpensive Spanish brand. ... Read more


14. Pulse B-2 Tunable 2-Tone Bongos
by Pulse
list price: $45.00
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Asin: B0002F5JF4
Catlog: Musical Instruments
Manufacturer: Pulse
Sales Rank: 188
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Product Description

Well-crafted, tunable bongos feature well-built hardwood shells and authentic 7" and 8" skin heads. 4 tuning lugs. ... Read more

Features

  • 7" and 8" wood shells
  • Genuine skin heads
  • 4 tuning lugs

15. 38" Black Guitar with Pick Guard, Carrying Bag and Accessories (Blowout Sale - Limited Time Only!)
by Austin Bazaar Affiliate
list price: $129.99
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Asin: B0007DGOMI
Catlog: Musical Instruments
Manufacturer: Austin Bazaar Affiliate
Sales Rank: 78
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Product Description

Guitar is 38 inches in length and come with Nylon Strings. The guitar has Linden Binding and wood construction with geared tuning. Each guitar comes with an extra set of strings, pick, tuner, gig bag and strap. The Acoustic Guitar has a loud, bright ringing tone that clearly projects to the listener. This type of guitar is the backbone of most country and bluegrass bands. It's perfect for backing a singer and its stylistic palette encompasses everything from New Age and Country Blues, to hot Bluegrass flatpicking, jazz fusion and "unplugged" rock. Tuning Pegs are made of Brass and Steel for easy tuning and to keep the tuned string held in position. ... Read more

Features

  • Wood Frame
  • Length 38"
  • Perfect for begineers
  • Linden Binding and wood construction with geared tuning
  • Comes with an extra set of strings, pick, tuner, gig bag and strap

16. Dean JTJ Half-Size Steel String Acoustic Guitar
by Dean
list price: $49.00
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Asin: B0002F5EKE
Catlog: Musical Instruments
Manufacturer: Dean
Sales Rank: 87
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

The Dean Playmate JT Junior kids acoustic guitar features a 1/2 size student body, steel string acoustic design, a traditional set neck, chrome hardware, signature Dean bridge, chrome tuners, dot inlays and 18 frets. Available with a gloss natural finish. ... Read more

Reviews (5)

3-0 out of 5 stars Just a bit more than a toy.
The main points for me in deciding to buy this little guitar were the cheap price and the affiliation with Dean Guitars.As a long-time guitar player, it can be a lot of fun to play a little guitar in places a full-size guitar won't work, like in the car.I believe an experienced player will get more out of this than a beginner.Although the quality of this guitar is higher than a toy guitar you find at retail toy stores, it still leaves much to be desired in terms of easy playability.Even with a zero fret, the action on this guitar was way too high.The result was that it was hard to play and hard to tune because the intonation was off.These are the least desireable things for a good beginners guitar.What I did was to file down the grooves in the bridge to lower the action.I also put new strings on the guitar--light gauge because the guitar sounds best tuned to A, in otherwise standard tuning.With these changes, it's become a fun guitar to play.For under $30, I wasn't disappointed by the plastic fretboard, painted-on binding or cheap tuners.The finish is nice and the bridge is distinctive.So, I'd say it's a good toy for an experienced guitarist but a bad guitar for a beginner.

2-0 out of 5 stars It looks like a guitar, sounds like a...
It arived safely (packed so well it would probably survive a plane crash) but the strings were very coroded. The tuners are decent (for a very inexpensive guitar) but once tuned all cords sounded off key. Not playable if you can hear. However if deaf it might be quite fun. The plastic fingerboard, painted binding, and plastic bridge are disapointing, but when this guitar makes it to my chop shop, the bridge pins and tuners might be usefull on another gutar. If you buy it for a child, you won't have to wory about teaching them how to tune. It will make little difference.

4-0 out of 5 stars you get what you pay for - change the strings
For $25 you can't expect much, but this is a good guitar considering the price. It was packed very well, but the strings that came with it were awful - they are difficult (if not impossible) to tune correctly, and they were very corroded when I received it.

The solution was very simple - I bought a new set of strings for a regular guitar. Instead of tuning it like a standard guitar, tune it a fourth or a major third above standard tuning. This is perfect for the size of the guitar, and it sounds great. Remember to use very low gauge strings.

5-0 out of 5 stars For the PriceYou Can't Beat This Guitar
I bought this Dean JTJ for a few reasons: price, size (my hands are small), and the sound.The Dean JTJ gives me a lot of pleasure to play and I'm always glad I bought it. It's not a deluxe Gibson, Martin, or Taylor guitar, so you may not feel that the JTJ is on par with those pricey, well-regarded instruments, but for me, an amateur looking for a practice guitar that wouldn't break my budget, or be so bad that it would fall apart quickly, I can't falt the JTJ.Now, I realize that there is no truss rod, but I've never had any tuning problems, and I play the JTJ nearly every day.And you know what, if the JTJ breaks, I'll get another one, but I think that the quality of this Dean guitar is better than that.In fact, I bought it in the hopes of passing it on to my daughter when she gets ready to learn guitar.

3-0 out of 5 stars Mixed Feelings
We all know Dean Makes great guitars, yet this one, does NOT have a trust rod.If the neck is bent or over time moves from the pressure of the strings the guitar is garbage.This guitar will NOT last you very long, certainly not a novice.You are better off paying extra (like 70-100) to buy a guitar with a trust rod.This will enable you to bring the guitar to a repair man. He can fix the neck of the guitar so it is playable.Guitars without trust rods are harder to tune and do not stay in tune.Dean makes a great guitar, but you get what you pay for.Hope this helped. ... Read more


17. Kay Chicago Blues Harmonica, Key of C
by Kay
list price: $3.95
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Asin: B0002F7L0K
Catlog: Musical Instruments
Manufacturer: Kay
Sales Rank: 280
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Forget about playing those Cincinnati blues or the Helena, Montana blues. These are harps specifically designed for playing those good olâ Chicago blues. Excellent tone. ... Read more

Features

  • 10 single holes diatonic harmonica

Reviews (2)

3-0 out of 5 stars I fell for the cheap price
What? This harmonica is plastic! It's not that great. I was brought into buying it by the cheap price (I love to get a good deal) but it's just what the price says, a cheap harmonica. Not worth it.
I've always wanted a better harmonica than my current beginner 20-hole, so I wanted to change to a 10-hole. I don't know what I was thinking when I bought this, I should have known better. But I've just put this one aside and continued practicing on my old one.
Three stars were given just because it's for 2 bucks. It does what it's supposed to do, which is make noise, But if you want something with a good tone and really good feel(this harmonica is way short, barely bigger than your index finger) than I suggest going for a more expensive harmonica. It really is worth it in order to get a good sound.

5-0 out of 5 stars Enhances my Band
I used to love watching old concerts of Neil Young going from Guitar to Harmonica. This Harmonica is easy to play and adds so much to our songs. I also hae the Epiphone and singing lesson Cds, "Voice Lessons To Go" by Vaccarino. All of these really enrich me as a performing musician. A little money put out can go a long way. ... Read more


18. Digital LCD Pocket Rollup 49 Keys Music Piano Keyboard
by teltime
list price: $198.99
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Asin: B0008GLWE4
Catlog: Musical Instruments
Manufacturer: teltime
Sales Rank: 315
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Product Description

Retail Price: $198.99 in Mail Order. ... Read more

Features

  • 100% Brand New Item in Box
  • 49 Standard Keys,100 Electrical Tones & 4 Octave in ONE
  • Operates on Batteries or AC Power
  • Built in Speaker with Volume Control + Plug in jack for earphones or external speakers
  • FREE durable zipper travel bag, AC Adaptor & instruction manual

19. Rogue Baritone Ukulele
by Rogue
list price: $59.99
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Asin: B0002F6NYK
Catlog: Musical Instruments
Manufacturer: Rogue
Sales Rank: 1
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

White wood body with burnt orange finish, geared tuners, 18 frets, and inlaid position markers make this a very playable uke for a modest price. Includes Rogue gig bag. ... Read more

Features

  • White wood body
  • Geared tuners
  • 18 frets
  • Inlaid position markers
  • Carrying bag included

Reviews (2)

5-0 out of 5 stars Great buy
I used to play a lot of folk guitar years ago and wanted "something with strings", with a small neck (I have tiny hands) to fool around with. I was not really looking for a serious instrument, or to spend much on what would probably be a passing fancy. However, for $25, including shipping, I ended up with what appears to be a decently made baritone uke (4 strings, tuned the same as the 4 lower strings on a guitar - if you can play the guitar, you can play this). No kidding. It has a nicely finished mahogany body, geared pegs, and real strings. The tone even has some resonance and character. The plastic gig bag it comes with zips closed and is junky, but serviceable. For the money, it's really a great deal.

3-0 out of 5 stars Not bad, but you get what you pay for...
This is a good starter instrument in my opinion (I'm a beginner so I 'm not sure how much weight that statement carries).It's got a good tone, a nice look (although some of the paint is a bit sloppy) and is easy to tune.The gig bag it comes with is a cheap plastic/vinyl-ish material, and doesn't provide much protection, although it's nice to have anyway.
When recieved, the uke was a bit dusty, and needed some wiping down (especially the strings, because they seemed to have some kind of black grease on them in places, although this may vary as I ordered mine from Musician's Friend at the same price as Amazon).It wasn't anything that a soft cloth and a couple of minutes couldn't fix.
Although I've only had it for about a week, I've learned a couple of chords and I've begun to learn some simple songs.The action isn't very high (the spacing between the strings and the fret board) which makes for several days of playing before I started to feel some tenderness in my fingertips.
Overall, this is a neat thing to have, and fun to play.Don't expect it to be a toy, nor should you expect it to be a pro instrument.It's somewhere on the lower-middle side.The price can't be beat too! ... Read more


20. Hohner 532/20 Blues Harp Harmonica, Key of C
by Hohner
list price: $29.95
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Asin: B0002E4ZE6
Catlog: Musical Instruments
Manufacturer: Hohner
Sales Rank: 61
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Diatonic Harmonica ... Read more

Features

  • Specifications:
  • 10 single holes, 20 reeds,
  • Length: 4"
  • Keys: G, Ab, A, Bb, B, C, C#, D, Eb, E, F, F#

Reviews (1)

5-0 out of 5 stars A truly wonderful 'Blues Harmonica,' really!
First of all it's a Hohner.
I could stop my review right here. But I can tell you still more:

This harmonica has a perfect size.
His quality feels all over its construction. It's strong, yet friendly. Its sounds emerge purely and crystaline. But, at the same time it has that wonderful "blues" feeling that makes it such an special instrument.

I like the tonality, the style of the air flow, and the wooden structure inside it.

If you have never played an harmonica before, this is the one for you.

If you are a master at it, you already know this is the best you can get.

Go, get it, and enjoy for years to come!


Carlos Sicilia, Caracas, Venezuela.
csicilia@hotmail.com

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