Whether your idea of a killer solo involves a baby grand piano, a screaming guitar or a drum kit, you want to get the most bang for your buck - acoustically or electrically. Luckily, you are no longer stitched to shopping at local music stores or deals on musical instruments and needed accessories. Major retailers like Amazon, Walmart and Best Buy all provide basic musical offerings at reduced prices. Meanwhile, the catalog staples of yesteryear like Musician's Friends and Woodwind & Brasswind now offer robust online marketplaces featuring a full range of instruments. Consumers can also buy direct from major players like Fender to access special promotions. Read on to learn more.
Instrument selection at Walmart ranges from keyboards, guitars and drums to all the things the band kid needs. Accessories include stage lighting, microphones and the PA speakers needed to entertain a crowd. For the left-handed guitar player needing an intro instrument, the Rogue RG-624 provides a wood-tone acoustic option for $69.99 at Walmart. The starting keyboard player can opt for a Walmart bundle with the Casio CT-X700 EDP Educational Keyboard Pack for $209.95. It contains the keyboard, stand, headphones and instructional software for fueling an initial interest until formal lessons can start. Budding percussionists can pick up the Learn to Play GP Percussion 5-piece Junior Drum Set for $140, throne included.
At Amazon, one of the 76 trombones required for a big parade retails for $154.99. The Mendini by Cecilio Bb Tenor Slide Trombone includes a tuner, pocketbook and case along with a one-year warranty. Free prime shipping is included. Hipsters may enjoy taking up the ukulele with the Official Kala Learn to Play Ukulele Soprano starter kit for $59.99. It includes online lessons, a tuner app and booklet. At Best Buy, a premium full-sized 88-key Casio Keyboard for beginners and professionals alike retails for $999.99 with free shipping, and the guitar lover in your life can grab a Roland AC 33 30W acoustic guitar amp at a $50 clearance price for only $349.99.
Woodwind and Brasswind offers regular coupon codes and sale prices year-round. For Black Friday 2019, a variety of doorbusters were offered for 50% off regular price. These included a P. Mauriat PMSA-57GC Intermediate Alto Saxophone beginner package for $999, down from a regular price of $1,779. The Etude Model EFL-100 Student Flute was also offered at a significant discount for $119.99, down from a regular price of $249.99. Additional coupons may be offered on sales, including 20% off or free shipping. At Musician's Friend, an Ibanez AEB5E Acoustic Electric Bass Guitar can be picked up on sale for $199.99 or less while a Fender Special Edition Deluxe PJ Bass discounts to $749.99. The noted music retailer promotes one "Stupid Deal of the Day," which may be an accessory or instrument, regular "hot deals" and promo financing for 48 months on select purchases.
Bargain lovers who appreciate quality instruments may also want to shop with brands direct. Some brands maintain an independent website in addition to selling through dealers. Fender sells direct and offers regular sales and promotional opportunities. Shoppers can find the American Ultra Stratocaster for $1,899 on Fender.com or buy a Jimmy Page Telecaster for $1,399.99. Free shipping is offered on orders over $50, and subscribers to Fenders online guitar lesson site save 10% on all orders.