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Make Your Derby Party SWING This Year!

Don’t let the April snows fool you! Spring is here and Derby is right around the corner.

So what are you doing to make your Derby party special this year?

Why not karaoke? Did you know that our QRS PNO3 Player Piano System is full of fun sing-a-long music designed to make your party the talk of the town? Gather around your tablet and sing along as the words appear on your screen. The piano will provide all the background music – including drums! Make your party SWING with a player piano from Gist! Right now, we have player piano specials starting at $15,999 and we can guarantee pre-Derby delivery… but act NOW! Time is running out!

Already have a piano? Contact us today and we’ll ADD player technology to your existing instrument! We can bring your piano in, clean it, tune it and install the system just in time for the festivities! Contact us today for custom options and our 2018 Derby Discount!

Maybe you plan to have a live piano player at your party? If so, make sure you’re piano’s in tune and ready for the big event. Contact our Service Department and request a Priority Pre-Derby Tuning Appointment now. …but hurry! We’re filling up fast!

Need to move your piano into another room or enclosure for your Derby party? Contact us now and we’ll not only agree to move your piano, we’ll offer you a special Derby Discount (good between now and Oaks). Don’t wait! Get on the schedule today!

The sounds of Thunder will soon fill the air and everybody will be celebrating! Let us help you make YOUR Derby party stand out this year! Lead the pack with sensational musical experience from Gist!


Why You Shouldn’t Buy Your Child a Portable Keyboard for Christmas

Do not buy a portable keyboardI’ve seen it time and time again – cautious, yet well-meaning, parents purchasing portable keyboards to see if their student is going to “stick with” piano lessons.  …and I can understand why.  Pianos (and piano lessons) are expensive.  Nobody wants to invest thousands of dollars into a fleeting fancy.  Most parents are willing to support their child’s musical hobby as long as they have some indication that their child seriously wants to play.

That is where most parents go wrong.

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Top 5 Bluetooth APPS for Your Digital Piano

Best Bluetooth Apps for Digital PianosIn 2009, Apple informed that World that – no matter what we want to do – “There’s an app for that.”  …and never has that slogan rang more true than today.  It would seem that nearly every business has its own app.  Almost every product has it’s own accompanying software.  Kids can even scan their Happy Meal toys and incorporate them into custom-made software.  There’s an app for everything!

Especially since Bluetooth technology has simplified and stabilized the connections between devices, the trick now is to find the BEST app for your particular… APPlication.

Here’s a list of the Top FIVE Bluetooth Apps for your Digital Piano:

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The Perfect Church Piano

A Church PianoIf you’ve been following our blog, you’ve probably noticed that this topic comes up from time to time.  …and while I’ve tried to recommend a number of digital instruments over the years, some of you have brought it to my attention that I’ve never discussed an ideal acoustic piano for your church.  As usual, different folks have different opinions, but I’ve been a worship leader for almost 15 years and I’ve been in the piano business for even longer than that.  Hopefully, my combined experience will help you cut through the sales hype and find the perfect worship piano for your church.

As always, please feel free to comment below if you have any thoughts or questions.  I take the time to respond to everyone.

God bless!

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The Ultimate Worship Keyboard or Digital Piano

worship keyboard

In January of 2011, I wrote a blog called “Finding the Ultimate Worship Keyboard” hoping that my experience as both a worship leader and a professional piano consultant would help other Music Ministers better navigate the confusing waters of piano (and keyboard) retail.  To my surprise, that blog quickly exploded into the most read – and one of the most commented upon – blogs in Gist history.  Now, over six years later, new technologies and considerations have given me reason to revisit this topic and (perhaps) expand upon it.  As always, it is my sincere hope that my experiences will help you find the worship tool that best fits your needs and those of your ministry.  I am sure some folks will disagree with my conclusions, but (God willing) the meat of these discussions will nourish all of us!  Thank you for reading and God bless!

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