Apple Valley Guitar and Piano Academy
What Piano or Guitar Should I Buy?
A student's success--especially in the case of beginners--requires a home instrument that rises to a minimum standard of tone quality, volume range and essential functions. Below is a list of the least expensive, entry-level models that qualify.
Casio PX-160 digital piano with vertical legs and pedal board add-ons (~$700).
Available at Schmitt Music in Burnsville, 952-435-2454. For more options, speak with Barb, their piano salesperson.
Cordoba C-5 (full size) solid top nylon string guitar, mid-teen to adult (~$300)
Cordoba Dolce (7/8) solid top nylon string guitar, tweener (~$300)
Cordoba Cadete (3/4) solid top nylon string guitar, small child (~$300)
Fender CD-60S solid top steel string guitar, mid-teen to adult ($200)
Fender CC-60S solid top steel string guitar, tweener ($200)
Instruments that limit students progress are not acceptable for lessons are:
Keyboards that play at only one volume level, have small keys, fewer than 88 keys, or no damper pedal
Guitars with a plywood (laminated) tops, including department store toys, or old hand-me-downs with darkened/corroded strings, warped necks, etc. that have poor tone, buzzing notes, and don't tune up properly. In some cases, older guitars can be "set up" by a technician, a process that can correct most problems. We recommend Brown's Guitar factory for this work.
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