Keyboard's 2019 Holiday Gift Guide

There's something here for everyone on your list!
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It's holiday time again, and with that comes tempting treats... and we're talking about the gear kind!

Here's a roundup of some of our favorite gift ideas for your keyboard connoisseur.

ALBUM PICK: IF YOU'RE GOING TO THE CITY: A TRIBUTE TO MOSE ALLISON ($24)

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Mose Allison was the original hipster, and now he's being celebrated all over again with this acclaimed new album just out on Fat Possum Records. Featuring the likes of Taj Mahal, Jackson Browne, Iggy Pop, Bonnie Raitt, Elvis Costello and others, it's a fitting tribute to a musical giant. https://store.fatpossum.com

BOOK PICK: PUSH TURN MOVE ($82)

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In the "Under $100" category, you can't go wrong with Push Turn Move from author, designer, and musician Kim Bjørn. It's not just 352 pages of colorful synth and keyboard fun, it's also chock full of historical facts, and brimming with information on electronic music design. With insightful commentary from the likes of Jean-Michel Jarre, Dave Smith and Jordan Rudess, it's sure to satisfy even the most discerning keyboardist on your list. (We love the follow up titles Patch & Tweak and Pedal Crush too)! www.pushturnmove.com

PLUG-IN PICK: AIR VELVET 2 ($99)

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It seems electric piano plug-ins grow on trees these days, but we still love Air Music Technology's Velvet. With models of three different Rhodes pianos, a Wurlitzer and a Hohner Pianet, there's a whole lotta EP love going on here. And at under $100, you just can't go wrong. https://www.airmusictech.com

FUN PICK: BLIPBLOX ($189)

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Question: Can you name the synth that looks like a candy factory, sounds like a carnival, and is fun for the whole family? The answer, of course, is the Blipblox! It's chock full of features that kids and professionals will enjoy - like colorful knobs and buttons, a built-in sequencer and drum machine, plus MIDI input for an external keyboard, 12 unique oscillator modulation schemes, a low pass filter, two envelope generators, two LFOs, and an audio output jack. And for a limited time, get $20 off the regular price of $189. https://blipblox.com

GIG PICK: K&M 18820 OMEGA PRO KEYBOARD STAND ($279)

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Is your keyboard stand one gig away from destroying both your gear and stage presence? The new K&M Omega Pro (an updated, more portable version of the company's venerable Omega stand) is just out and solid as a rock. It can hold up to 80 kg, plus even more with the optional second and third tiers. It's not the cheapest stand out there, but you'd be hard pressed to find a sturdier one! https://www.k-m.de

PORTABLE PICK: CASIO PRIVIA PX-S3000 ($799)

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At under 25 pounds with built-in speakers, a convincing graded hammer action, optional battery power, over 700 tones, USB and app control and more, the Casio Privia PX-S3000 is one portable, capable gigging machine. https://www.casiomusicgear.com

SYNTH PICK: ROLAND JUPITER-Xm ($1,499)

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The name "Jupiter" is known to bring chills to even the most cynical of keyboardists. From historic instruments like the Jupiter-4 and Jupiter-8, to the more recent Jupiter-50 and Jupiter-80, Roland's famed synth series is known for sheer sonic impact. And now with the extremely portable Jupiter-Xm, they meld power and portability in an impressive package that offers modeled versions of analog classics, a next-generation arpeggiator, battery and bluetooth power, and much more. We can't wait to get our hands on its big brother, the Jupiter-X coming in 2020! https://www.roland.com

PIANO PICK: YAMAHA CP88 ($2,499)

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Yamaha knows a thing or two about making acoustic and electric pianos. And those decades of piano production culminate in their latest stage piano, the CP88. Taking a cue from Nord's "grab and go" tone shaping philosophy, this new digital piano (and its little sibling the CP73) is a breeze to customize on the fly. It's got great sounds, a convincing action, and doesn't need a road crew to make it to the gig. We approve! https://usa.yamaha.com