Black Friday 2019 will be here before you know it, and that means that you've got a great opportunity to get yourself a cracking price on a new keyboard. And the good news is that whether you're looking for a new piano, synth or MIDI keyboard, there'll be a great Black Friday deal for you.
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Black Friday takes place on Friday 29 November, but it's not an isolated event. Many deals will be running across the weekend into Cyber Monday on 2 December - this 3-day shopping spree is known as Cyber Weekend.
Where can I find the best Black Friday keyboard deals?
The vast majority of big music retailers now run Black Friday promotions, with discounts across their entire ranges. Names to look out for include Guitar Center
- which, despite its name, also sells all kind of keyboards and other electronic music gear - Sweetwater, Thomann and Musician’s Friend, who should also be getting in on the action. Make sure you sign up to these companies' mailing lists to get first word on the latest deals.
It's not just the specialists you need to look at, though: online retailers such as Amazon and Walmart often serve up some of the best Black Friday keyboard deals, so don't forget to check in on them.
That said, MusicRadar will be doing a lot of the hard work for you, seeking out the best Black Friday piano, synth and MIDI controller keyboard deals and telling you where to find them.
You'll find all of these on this very page - our advice would be to bookmark it now - and also on our main Black Friday 2019 hub page. Keep checking back on both of these and you can guarantee that you won't miss a thing.
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Black Friday keyboard deals: what to expect
Whether you're looking for a new synth for your studio, a digital piano for your living room, a stage piano for performance or a MIDI keyboard controller for your DAW, Black Friday should be a great time to buy.
The Yamaha CP-88 stage piano has won rave reviews this year, so it'd be great to see that one discounted on Black Friday, and if you're looking for a cheap home piano, watch out for a reduction on Roland's FP-10. There may be a deal to be had on a Casio piano or two as well.
2019 has been another great year for synths, too: we saw discounts on models from Korg and Moog last Black Friday, and more of the same would be very welcome. Perhaps the quirky Arturia MicroFreak could be in line for a bit of discounting, too?
Also expect reductions on all kinds of MIDI controller keyboards - Black Friday could be a great time to buy a Novation Launchkey, Arturia KeyLab or IK Multimedia iRig Keys model. If we're lucky, we might even see savings on Native Instruments Komplete Kontrol range.
Whatever you're looking for, if you do see a deal that's too good to miss, our advice is to snap it up while you can. With the world and its dog looking out for Black Friday bargains, the best keyboard deals probably won't hang around for long.
Plus, if you do get buyer's remorse or the product isn't up to snuff, you can always return it. Most retailers make this process pretty painless, so you've always got a get out if that impulse purchase doesn't turn out to be quite what you were hoping for.
How can I prepare for Black Friday?
With so many deals flying around on Black Friday, it's important to know what you're looking for, so have a think about what kind of keyboard you really need and then draw up a list of products that fit the bill. Although there are bargains to be had, you need to make sure that the product you're buying is fit for purpose - don't just choose the piano, synth or MIDI controller keyboard that has the biggest saving.
One great way to bring yourself up to speed is to check out MusicRadar's gear reviews - this way you'll know which are the best products to put on your shortlist. It might end up being the slightly older products that end up getting the biggest reductions, but if they're still top performers, this isn't going to be a problem.
If you want to get an overview of the best keyboards that are currently on the market, check out our buyer's guides.
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Last year’s Black Friday keyboard deal highlights
IK Multimedia's iRig Keys I/O 49: $199.99, was $299.99
A tidy $100 discount was offered on this flexible MIDI controller, which combines a keyboard and audio interface into one flexible unit. It even comes with a stand for your iPad!
Moog Sub Phatty for $679 at zZounds
There was a cracking $120 off the street price on this 25-key Moog, which took it down to a more affordable $679.
Korg Monologue Black edition $20 off at Amazon
The portable and surprisingly flexible monosynth from Korg took a $20 price cut at Amazon - down to $279.99.
Roland's FP-50 stage piano reduced to $799
Looking for a piano that you can play at home and on stage? The FP-50 fits the bill, offering Roland's SuperNATURAL piano sound, built-in speakers and an intelligent rhythm feature.
ROLI Seaboard Block - 20% off at Amazon
ROLI’s more affordable addition to the Seaboard range, this retains all the expression of its larger siblings and was reduced to $239.95 from $299.95.
The Moog Subsequent 37 for $1,249 from Amazon
This paraphonic analog instrument was available for $1,249, enabling more people to turn their Moog fantasy into reality.
$40 off the Novation Launchkey 61
Novation's Launchkey 61 is a MIDI controller that gives you more, putting you in charge of Ableton Live with keys, faders, knobs and velocity-sensitive pads.