“I’ve bought my piano and that’s all I need… what do you mean I now need more piano equipment? Haven’t I spent enough already? Have I not suffered enough of a financial setback in this store?”
The person saying the above quote probably purchased a keyboard. Hopefully, he or she does not have a nervous breakdown before being explained that the accessories involved in the purchase of a synthesizer are not going to break the bank.
A person that has just purchased an acoustic piano really does need a decent bench to sit on. A creaky bench or a sore rear end is not an attractive experience to a person just starting to play their new instrument. Benches most often come with the piano that you are purchasing (it’s generally included in the price), especially if the bench matches the piano perfectly. If you require a bench, many dealers will “throw one in”, as you’ve just made a major purchase and it is in their best interest to close the deal with a satisfied customer. It’s not good business sense for a retailer to say, “Well, we want thousands of dollars for this beautiful piano, but I’m afraid you’ll have an extra cost for the bench. Rules are rules… you understand, of course. Our store must make a maximum profit.”
Apart from a bench, having enough space in your home, proper humidity levels and descent lighting are important. You may need a humidifier and lamp, depending on where you place your acoustic piano.
Supplemental equipment for a keyboard include a sustain pedal and a stand. The latter is essential as you need something to mount your keyboard on. Stands are generally adjustable to a wide variety of heights, so you can stand or sit while playing, depending on the venue that you are performing at. As for the sustain pedal, this comes in handy if you are performing complex solo pop, jazz or classical music.
If you’re playing difficult music, it is highly advisable to get a weighted keyboard, which closely duplicates the touch and feel of a real piano. This type of touch ensures accuracy and fluency in intricate passage work.
Are there circumstances when you do not need to purchase a sustain pedal? Yes! If you are using a keyboard as a substitute for a band instrument, then there is certainly no need for a pedal. However, you’ll still probably need a patch chord, amplifier and possibly a microphone in order to be heard on stage in a concert band performance.
Do you feel like recording yourself on your new piano or keyboard? If you do, then you need computer equipment, a mixer, recording software, etc. This option is viable if you are dogmatic about recording on your own instrument and planning on recording often. If this is not the circumstance, then you are better off recording in a professional studio. Much depends on what your goals are as a musician.
Assuming you have computer recording facilities, you’ll need some good condenser (or dynamic) microphones for an acoustic piano recording and midi connections for a keyboard recording. Modern keyboards can be plugged into your computer and registered into the recording software of your choice.
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