Ever since I’ve been an adult (well, kinda anyway), my friends and family have claimed that I’m hard to shop for because I’m into such tweaky things. (I suppose that’s nicer than saying I’m a geek!) If you care for someone who’s a keyboard player, there are actually a lot of cool things you can get him or her without overspending. Anything from this list is a safe bet, even if it turns out that the keyboard player in your life already has something like it, because these items are handy to have in several places.
Keyboard Stand: The On-Stage Heavy-Duty Folding Z-Stand KS7350 is a surprisingly sturdy stand that collapses down to a very small, flat shape. And yet, it can be adjusted for both seated and standing playing positions.
Keyboard Bench: The On-Stage Deluxe X-Style Keyboard Bench KT7800+ is perfect for musicians who just use whatever chair they can find. They’ll be pleasantly surprised by how much easier it is to play the full range of the keyboard when sitting on the right bench at the right height.
Sustain Pedal: I really like the M-Audio SP-2 Sustain Pedal because it’s very well built, and it has a super-convenient polarity switch that makes it compatible regardless of which brand of keyboard is being used.
Volume/Controller Pedal: This is for someone who was very good this year. The BOSS FV-500L is the top-of-the-line stereo volume pedal. It will work with any keyboard out there. It’s built like a tank and feels velvety smooth under foot. Plus, it has a 1/4″ TRS jack that allows it to work as a continuous controller pedal.