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My girlfriend took some beginner and intermediate DJing courses this Fall. She doesn't have her own hardware yet—she's been using the school's equipment for all practicing. She's really into this, signed up for advanced classes in the Spring, and talked about getting her own equipment soon.

What are the most important pieces of equipment for a beginning DJ to own? I'd like to buy her something she doesn't already have but will still be helpful to her. I'd also like to avoid buying her the Most Important Piece of Equipment™ – as a guitar player, I know I would appreciate being given an effects pedal or some music to play, but I wouldn't want someone to pick out a guitar for me. So if you could list several of the most important pieces of equipment instead of just the bare bones requirements, that would be helpful.

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closed as off-topic by Dom, Shevliaskovic, Anthony, Wheat Williams, American Luke Dec 21 '13 at 16:24

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  • "Questions seeking recommendations for equipment are off-topic because they tend to become obsolete quickly. Instead, describe your situation and the specific problem you're trying to solve." – Dom, Shevliaskovic, Anthony, Wheat Williams, American Luke
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I'm sorry, but questions that don't have specific answers, such as asking people for their opinions, aren't acceptable within the guidelines of this site. This is not your traditional discussion forum. –  Wheat Williams Dec 21 '13 at 11:38
Perhaps this question could be reworded to ask, "What are the most important pieces of equipment for a beginning DJ?" When reworded that way, the question would have specific answers (describing types of products doesn't require making recommendations), and @acheong87 could pick his gift from one of the suggested items that he knows his girlfriend doesn't already have. –  Kevin Dec 21 '13 at 20:32
@Kevin It still asks for a list, which is off-topic for SE –  Shevliaskovic Dec 22 '13 at 21:03
@Shevliaskovic - I understand the question is still off-topic. I vaguely recall list questions being valid on SE if sufficiently constrained (i.e. to only a few possible answers), but I don't recall the the Meta.SE source. Anyway, do you think it'd be acceptable if I asked for types of hardware rather than specifics (e.g. "delay pedal" as opposed to "BOSS DD-20"), limited it to performing equipment only, and specified a generic price range (e.g. cheaper models do exist under $150)? If that's still not acceptable, then I understand; thanks for the consideration anyway. –  Andrew Cheong Dec 22 '13 at 22:03
I asked a question on Meta to discuss whether this is a good question: meta.music.stackexchange.com/questions/633/… –  Kevin Dec 22 '13 at 23:58