Heid Music Employee Favorites

Our employees are an eclectic group of music-loving people at different levels of play, varied styles and instrument choices.

With a bunch like this, we can offer suggestions for gifts or even new instruments or accessories you are looking to try out. Since the one thing that unites all is budget, we asked our employees for 3 suggestions: Favorite under $25, Favorite under $100 and "Sky is the Limit" Dream Instrument. Let's see what they said! 

Audrey Title

Audrey25

Evans Genera HD Dry Snare Head

My favorite item for under $25 is the Evans Genera HD Dry Snare Head. It takes out overtones and sounds great. It also is durable and very affordable!

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Audrey’s Favorites under $25

Audrey Under 100

Amahi Tongue Drum

My favorite item that is under $100 is the Amahi Tongue Drum. They come in various sizes and are such a meditative instrument. They also come in fun colors and are very easy to play.

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Audrey’s Favorites under $100

Audrey Dreams

Roland Digital Drum Kit

This is my dream drumset! They have mesh heads that minimize noise so I can practice whenever I want. The module has a great processing speed with a speedy sampling rate.

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Sweet dreams are made of this!

Michael Title

Michael 25

Tin Whistle

My favorite item for under $25 is a Tin Whistle! It’s an instrument you can keep in your pocket, it’s versatile and easy to play. Really, why wouldn’t you want a Tin Whistle? They’re just fun.

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Michael’s Favorites under $25

Michael Under 100

Manhasset Music Stand

My favorite item that is under $100 is a Manhasset Music Stand. It’s very sturdy, adjustable, light-weight and supports solid music making.

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Michael’s Favorites under $100

Michael Dreams

Yamaha Grand Piano

This is my dream piano as Yamaha pianos are impeccably well-crafted! The acoustic resonance is enhanced giving the notes a rich and full tone. The feel of the keys is one that you need to experience for yourself!

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Sweet dreams are made of this!

Andrea Title

Andrea25

Sugarboo Gifts

My favorite items for under $25 are in the new Sugarboo collection that we just added this year. The mugs are so cute! My personal favorites are from Alice in Wonderland and Prince.

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Andrea's Favorites under $25

Michael Under 100

PreSonus HD9 Headphones

My favorite item that is under $100 is the PreSonus HD9 Closed-Back Headphones. They have a comfortable fit, they are light-weight and provide an incredible sound experience.

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Andrea's Favorites under $100

Andrea Dreams

Yamaha Grand Piano

This is ALSO my dream piano as Yamaha pianos are impeccably well-crafted! The acoustic resonance is enhanced giving the notes a rich and full tone. The feel of the keys is one that you need to experience for yourself!

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Sweet dreams are made of this!

TylerR Title

Tyler R 25

Tuners

I chose tuners from Snark and D’Addario as my favorite under $25 item. These are wonderful because they have a clip on function that is easy to use and goes right on the headstock of your guitar. The Snark one is rechargeable and the D’Addario on has an “off” function that is great for saving battery. Don’t let your notes sound sour! Make sure to have a tuner.

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Tyler R’s Favorites under $25

Tyler R Under 100

My Favorite Pedals! (Can’t pick just one)

My favorite items to use that are under $100 are these two pedals! The Rat by Pro Co because it has that solid 80’s distortion sound and The Tube Screamer by Ibanez for that signature Stevie Ray Vaughan Overdrive sound.

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Tyler R’s Favorites under $100

Tyler R Dreams

Any Martin Guitar

This is my favorite brand of guitar because they all are meticulously crafted and have a beautifully rich tone. You will never regret this purchase!

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Sweet dreams are made of this!

Kara Title

Audrey25

Rosin

My favorite item for under $25 is rosin! It is key to have quality rosin to keep your bow in top shape.

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Kara’s Favorites under $25

Kara Under 100

Larsen Strings

My favorite items that are under $100 are Larsen Strings. They come in a variety of tensions and feel so you can personalize your string sound. I really like the Cannone direct/focused set and the warm/broad set.

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Kara’s Favorites under $100

Kara Dreams

Roderich Raesold PA605 Cello

This is my dream cello! It is a rare find and a testimony to quality craftsmanship. It’s also made with tonewoods aged over 70 years prior to construction. The tone is something you just need to hear in person!

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Sweet dreams are made of this!

Kevin Title

Kevin 25

D’Addario Humidipak

I chose the D’Addario Humidipak because of the type of weather that is prevalent where I live and this is a way to keep my guitar is great playing condition for years to come.

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Kevin’s Favorites under $25

Kevin Under 100

Fender Rumble 15V3

My favorite product that is under $100 is the Fender Rumble 15V3 Bass Amp. This is a fantastic amp for practice as it is 15 Watts which is perfect for small spaces. Plus it’s a space saver at it’s an 8” speaker and very lightweight at only 16 lbs.

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Kevin’s Favorites under $100

Kevin’s Dreams

Fender Strat Player Plus Electric Guitar

This is my favorite guitar because of all of the incredible features including: the noiseless pickups in the neck, split humbuckers, great feel on the fretboard and it comes in many fun colors.

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Sweet dreams are made of this!

Mack Title

Mack 25

Flight Ukulele Straps

I chose these Flight Uke straps as my under $25 choice because they have fun designs, bright colors, they make a statement and lift your mood.

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Mackenzie’s Favorites under $25

Mack Under 100

Gator Transit Ukulele Case

My favorite product that is under $100 is the Gator Transit Ukulele case. They are durable, stylish and great for travel!

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Mackenzie’s Favorites under $100

Mack’s Dreams

Kanile’a Ukulele

This right here is my dream ukulele! Kanile’a Ukuleles are made of premium wood and have beautiful resonance, sustain and intonation. They also plant a tree in Hawaii for every uke sold!

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Sweet dreams are made of this!

TylerJ Title

Tyler J 25

Any Practice Book

I chose my very favorite practice book for my below $25 choice because every musician should have measurable practice sessions as often as possible. I personally use this practice book daily!

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Tyler J’s Favorites under $25

Tyler J Under 100

Denis Wick Cup Mute

My favorite item that is under $100 is a Denis Wick Cup Mute. It’s great because it’s adjustable so the tone varies between darker, brighter or softer. I have three mutes that I rotate regularly and this is one of them.

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Tyler J’s Favorites under $100

Tyler J Dreams

PreSonus Bundles

This is my dream bundle as I really enjoy creating electronic music. Plus, it comes with the newest version of StudioOne DAW Software which is very user-friendly!

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Sweet dreams are made of this!

Julie Title

Julie 25

Ernie Ball Bright Colored Guitar Cables

I chose these Ernie Ball Bright Colored Guitar Cables because they are fun, bright and you won’t lose them when you perform on stage.

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Julie’s Favorites under $25

Julie Under 100

K&M A-Frame Guitar Stand

My favorite product that is under $100 is the K&M A-Frame Guitar Stand. They are sturdy, easily fit in a bag and never missing any pieces.

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Julie’s Favorites under $100

Julie’s Dreams

SB150 Shen Bass

This Bass is the one I always have to take a peek at when I go into any of our Heid Music locations. It has such a warm, rich tone and an adjustable bridge.

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Sweet dreams are made of this!