Best Musical Instruments

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The Top Ten

1
Electric Guitar
Defiantly guitars, I mean let's try to make this realistic, who really plays the bagpipes?
The most flexible instrument in the world. Whilst other instruments such as bagpipes and violin are beautiful in their own right, electric guitar can master sounds like rock, jazz, blues, classical sounds etc... Although I do like bagpipes... I respectfully crank my guitar and max distort in your face
The electric guitar can do so much. From Jazz to Heavy metal, clean sound to super distorted. You can create your own sound and style. You
Can play really simple, fun riffs or technical solos. It's mind-boggling how many different ways there are to play. You can bend, tap, use the whammy bar (if you have one), scratch etc. And don't even get get me started on different effect pedals and tunings. Basically, the electric guitar is the best instrument ever.
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2Piano
It sounds beautiful! It's wonderful!
I play piano, and it's very fun, simple, and, once you've been playing it for a few years, people think you're awesome.
This is the one that sounds beautiful and awesome! The songs sound so nice! The piano is the instrument that gives everyone the happiness and joy EVERYDAY!
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3Drums
Drums gives a rhythm to every piece of music. The beat is very powerful, and the it makes every song sounds even better.
A cool instrument! Rock on!
Drums give rhythm and sound to every song

IceCream

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4Bagpipes
For fans of bags and pipes alike!
I mean you can't get any better than BAGPIPES!
Bagpipes are #1 but I also play guitar
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5Violin
Good luck and I play violin and it is so so fun I love it but I reckon violin could of made it to the top 3 but I don't get why the bag pipes are number 1 no body I know really has a bagpipe or even play the bagpipes! But I see their point
Violin is good accompaniment in heavy music, melodic metal, even hiphop. Dracula's favorite instrument.
I am in 4th grade and I will be in 5th next year and there is band next year and they don't have the violin and that is what I wanted to play I am very mad to play the violin is my dream
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6Acoustic Guitar
Absolutely. It's harder than bass and electric, so it produces a clearer sound. I play instruments from all the categories and guitar is easily the best.
It's like no other sound. It refreshes that need for sound quality. I love playing acoustic guitar.
This is a very modern guitar! Very cool!
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7Bass Guitar
Bass guitar is probably the most underrated and underrespected instruments out there. And it's also one of the best sounding! Electric guitarists get all the fame because they make it look easy but the fact is it IS easy (compared to bass or acoustic). Bass players on the other hand, deserve far more respect than they get. If you disagree that bassists get disrespected just go to The Uncyclopedia and look up bass guitar.
Poor John Deacon is so underrated and really, all of them are, but he is my favorite. If I had to play an instrument, this would be it. But I already play drums. (I am not that good. ) But anyway, I REALLY love the sound, it sounds so cool... Listen to "Invisible Man" by Queen, and it sounds AWESOME. Also, "Crazy Little Thing Called Love". BASS FOREVER
Far more important than electric guitar. A band can survive with just bass and drums, guitars, keyboards or even saxophones are merely the decoration on the musical cake that is the rhythm section.

Christian.H.Mills

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8Saxophone
The saxophone is jazzy, can be loud, soft, and can sound like a brass or woodwind instrument. It is the instrument that balances out brass and woodwind. This is why I like it so much.
The saxophone is different. Sure, you meet many people who can get beautiful tones on the clarinet or flute, play the drums or bagpipes, but the saxophone speaks for itself. The electric guitar might be able to do a lot, and classical instruments like the violin, viola or cello, but the sax (alto, in particular) is so satisfying, relaxing and lovely. It's not about difficulty at all, for example, do you ever feel hesitant about getting out your instrument and playing it? The sax isn't like that. Never. It's obviously not hard to see how it can capture so many people's hearts. I used to play classical, and felt that as much as I liked it, I wanted to try jazz. And I did. And it made me realise that whilst I had been complaining about the task of practising, I had been missing out on so much that is so useful, and brings joy to people. So to all you saxophone players out there like me - keep on playing and don't give up. The saxophone has a world of its own, of jazz, waiting to be explored. I think this passage speaks for itself too.
Saxophone is by far the most romantic and sexiest instrument and its not merely any instrument its number 1 for me and I've met a lot of people with the same opinion. I really think that everyone can enjoy good sax and jazz songs cause they can be also chill out songs.
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9Guitar
(Yes I know ELP is my favorite band, and they didn't have guitar. )
BUT FOR PETE'S SAKE THIS IS THE GUITAR WE ARE TALKING ABOUT. THIS IS POSSIBLY THE MOST IMPORTANT INSTRUMENT IN MUSIC IN THE LAST TWO CENTURIES.

10Flute
Flute definitely deserves to be on this list because it is the hardest of the woodwind instruments to master. 60% of a flute players air doesn't even make it into the instrument. If you have ever made a noise by blowing across a beer bottle... It is way harder. I play this instrument in a symphony setting and get paid more than most of the other instrumentalists.
I would put the flute over any woodwind instruments. It is definitely the hardest woodwind instrument to play. It doesn't have a reed which makes it harder to play because it requires more air, not to mention the fingerings. But once you've mastered the flute, it is an amazing instrument to play.
I'm ten and have been playing flute for about a half a year. It's pretty easy once you have learned the basics of making constent sounds, but it can be challenging. I think flute is amazing, fun, and makes beautifull sounds.
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The Contenders

11Cello
The cello is an amazing instrument, that has the perfect tone. It has a sound that no band instrument can compete with. A cello can accompany virtually any instrument, while it can also play beautiful solos. This instrument, is the best instrument ever invented.
The cello allows me to express myself in ways that I could have never imagined. It has taken me places I could have never dreamed of going, and it has given me the chance to see things that I had never noticed, both musical and non-musical.
There is no musical instrument on planet Earth that can be as expressive as a cello.
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12Ukulele
The ukulele is awesome instrument to learn and is really fun to play along to songs and sing with as well. It makes an amazing sound and easily cheers up anyone on a very bad day! It is easy too learn too, and is very good if you want to learn the guitar and definitely easier to learn if you already know how to play the guitar. UKULELE = TOTAL OWNAGE
Ukuleles can play all genres and are hugely under appreciated. They are suitable substitutes to most overused instruments and deserve to be at the top of this list.
The ukulele is a wonderful instrument. It doesn't take that long to learn and the music that comes out of it is absolutely remarkable! Everybody should learn how to play the ukulele!
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13Keyboards
Keyboards are extremely passionate sounding. They can change styles, and create various moods. They also taste like chicken fajias. Have you ever tried grilled bankers> Keyboard sucsk! But, if you are interested in cheese, on the other hand...
It's a retro version of the piano with a lot of different settings!
Keyboards are a fab they can all alone make one song go really awesome
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14Clarinet
The clarinet is the best instrument ever. It is right in the middle of the flute and saxophone yet is small and lightweight. It has the largest range of notes music styles and dynamics of any woodwind instrument. It is also the most important instrument to any concert band's sound. The clarinet has the largest range of different members of its family. The clarinet can be used in marching bands, symphony orchestras, chamber ensembles, jazz bands, big bands, latin jazz, rock n roll, pop, commercial music, country, samba, or salsa music. The clarinet Iis one of the most expressivec and flexible instruments ever created, having a tone and range closest to the human voice. It can sound expressive as a solo instrument or as a section. CLARINETS ARE AMAZING.
The clarinet is the pathway to learning basically any woodwind instrument. When you learn the clarinet, that makes it easy to learn any saxophone, flute, any other kind of clarinet, etc. With the clarinet there is no limit as to how high your range goes - you can define your range by how far you are willing to go, which is a unique and great quality. The clarinet sounds beautiful and has a full, dark, and rich tone. You can also play a variety of different styles of music on the clarinet. Although the clarinet embrouchure is perhaps the hardest to develop correctly, the instrument is otherwise not terrible to learn. I fell in love with the clarinet, have you?
It's a hard woodwind instrument to play. When you master it it makes it less difficult for you to play other woodwind instruments.
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15Trumpet
Trumpet is the bomb in any latin band. It's also important in any big/show/stage band. It can also can also rock a seedy jazz bar. Honestly it's like singing just better. =D
I have played the trumpet for 4 years and it is an amazing instrument to play. You can reach a range of all different notes with it and it can handle all genres.
Trumpet is probably the best instrument because it sounds, just beautiful. I love the sound of the trumpet. The trumpet is DEFINITELY the best instrument!
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16Synthesizer
Synthesizer should be #1 on this list because they can make literally ANY SOUND. Guitar? You got it. Piano? Yep. Violin? Absolutely. You name the instrument, a synth can emulate it.
Awesome tunes and the key instrument in many songs!

17Harmonica
Understated. Does everything you want/can think of. From Jazz and blues, to rock and roll if you stick a pedal and an amp on it. And if you get bored, practice beatbox and play it making your own baseline!
It's great for the blues! If you're looking to play some great but sad song then the harmonica is all yours
This instrument is handy. You can play anywhere, and anytime.
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18Triangle
I love the triangle... One of the few instruments I can play other than the piano. It's really funny when you hear someone play it really good even though it's like a really easy instrument.
One of the divine instrument. critical to play but good at color variations and useful in the church.

19Horn
The horn is a beautifully complex instrument that takes a long time to have a good tone. But when it's played well, it is so deeply, richly gorgeous that you can feel the song in your heart. In fast, peppy songs, good hornists can make their tone be a kind of roaring, upbeat nature. In slow songs, the warm-sounding tone just kind of melts in your ears like chocolate on a hot day. It's so... wonderfully beautiful. And on other pieces, the player can (usually) ujust their tone to fit the style of the song.
The tone quality is so strikingly powerful and amazing gorgeous that it is VERY hard to describe in words.

The horn is the most beautiful instrument ever made.
I've been playing Horn for 4 years now and I've just been so happy that I chose an instrument with such beautiful tone. Horns can be used to create such a mellifluous sound in a slower-paced song or create a devastating punch of sound when needed as well. I have no idea how trumpet is above the horn - it sounds better and takes much more skill to play (and if you don't play horn and say you can play it well, you can't play it well until I hear you play the Siegfried Horn Call accurately and in tempo)
The statement is somewhat one-sided, as the Horn can also play loud, grand passages, and emulate a lively hunting horn. Techniques are also extremely varied, and this lends to large flexibility in solo and orchestral repertoire.
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20Xylophone
Those sound pretty and are easy to play.

21Electric Upright Bass

22Accordion
The world music instrument, par excellence, central to dance traditions everywhere. The accordion can be played very, very simply or with incredible sophistication. The United States, with a few local exceptions, may be the only country in the world that doesn't take the accordion seriously. That is changing but, in the meantime, the accordion is still exotic enough in most settings to be cool!
You can have a Melody, then a bass line accompaniment. Then you can accompany your self at the same time! What's not to like?!
Love the accordion especially the piano accordion!
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23Trombone
Without the trombone in the band, it wouldn't have rhythm and low sounds to make the melody
The only instrument with a slide. Just saying.
TROMBONE IS the BEST

24Ocarina
It was in zelda so it rocks
The most versatile instrument ever!
Love the ocarina. It's unique sound can't be mached.
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25Tuba
The tuba is actually an extremely verisitile instrument and is not super easy to play. For example it is usually playing a bass part but it is a great solo and duet instrument. To see some examples of this look up Canadian brass (the song "the saints hallelujah" is a great piece to show case the tuba)
Almost always the lowest instrument in the band and stands out. It is classified in the low brass section with three or sometimes four valves (keys)
It's one word Awesome! It has that dark sound and people I've played to made them want to play it.
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26Double Base
Dum Dum Dum! Very Jazzy insrument!

Ekon


27Mandolin
The Mandolin is very cool. If you like the violin, the guitar, the bass and the lute, then you will 100% like the mandolin. It is lightweight, fun, and just listening to it will give you goosebumps of being in the middle ages fighting in a huge war between good and evil. What more could you ask for, I mean Triangle? Seriously?
You can play anything on a mandolin and make it sound beautiful, Chris Thile primarily plays bluegrass or newgrass but also kills it playing Bach on the mandolin, its just a beautiful instrument that sounds like no other
Great instrument with unique sound. Adds flavor to songs.
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28Bongo Drums
I have only ever met 1 person in my life who plays bongo drums and is actually good at it. I think this instrument is hard because I couldn't keep a beat to save me life

29Harp
I have always wanted to try the harp before I got my flute! The sound is just so romantic and beautiful that I fell head over heels when I first heard it! :D but the problem is that they could be really hard to play and they are SUPER EXPENSIVE! I would not recommend them to any family with a tight budget because they can be anywhere up to 1,000,000 Dollers or sometimes even more! With their beautiful sounds but expensive prices I would prefer just 'borrowing' one from someone and try it out. Try your local music shop and see what they recommend.
Where on earth is the harp on this list? To me the most beautiful sounding instrument. Wont do for every situation but for the right song nothing does the job more beautifully.
The most beautiful instrument on this planet!

30Recorder
For travel, A Plastic Soprano Recorder Is at Least As Good A Choice As A Harmonica. Better Dynamic Flexibility And Cheaper To Replace.

31Viola
Very nice deep sound and the instrument does not get enough credit for being in music. The viola is used in almost every pop song that features any stringed orchestral instruments.
BEST INSTRUMENT EVER! It has mellow tones, not squeaky like violins, and not too low like a cello or bass. It's perfect because it's right in the middle. Plus, violas have the prettiest harmonies EVER! This instrument really does NOT get enough credit at all.
The beautiful sounds of a cello with the ease of a violin. This makes the viola clearly the best and most versatile of all the musical instruments. It definitely does not get the credit it deserves!
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32Cornet

33Organ
By far the organ. You can get every sound you can think of out of a pipe organ, and it has the power to make you laugh, jump for joy, cry, warm your heart, and make you want to dance. In a band you need multiple instruments, same with an orchestra, but an organ can be alone to play the most majestic music a person can hear. The pipe organ by far.
Why? The biggest and most powerful instrument there is. It sounds like Heaven if it is played right, and you only need to be 1 person to make three lines of music. Awesome Indeed. I cannot play it though.
Out of all the instruments I have heard, the organ is my favourite.
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34Sitar
Sitar is one of the richest musical instruments (which easily deserves top position in such a list) which emerged from the heart of Indian Classical Music. Sitar influenced the Western music and brought about a big change in the World Music. A layman can start listening to it by Pt. Ravishankar or, Pt. Ali Akbar Khan or anybody who is great in this instrument. Even The Beatles were highly influenced by Pt. Ravishankar's Sitar and used it in many of their songs. Apart from them, The Byrds, Yardbirds, Rolling Stones and many more western musicians and bands were fan of this great Indian instrument. So, listen to it and get enriched.
It should certainly top the list. the music emanating from sitar is divine and holy and surely everybody will agree with me once they have listened to sitar being played
It's a different version of our guitar! It's cool
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35Marimba
The marimba has such a rich and unique sound that has the ability to warm anybody's heart. The sound it creates has so much depth, and the marimba has the capability to create so many different styles of music. It is one if not the most beautiful percussion instrument. The marimba is truly unique and should be higher on this list.

36Euphonium
The Euphonium is a seriously underrated instrument that is capable of producing the MOST beautiful and intoxicating melodies. It name is Latin for beautiful sound and it's characteristic rich, warm, dark tone is a valuable contribution to any ensemble. It has an extensive range and has been said to be the closest brass instrument to the human voice. If everyone took the time to look up " Euphonium" on YouTube then it would be at the TOP OF THE LIST!
The euphonium is the closest instrument to the human voice and holds truly the most beautiful instrumental sound.
Beautiful sound and played by some of the finest classical musicians.
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37Turntables

38Oboe
The oboe was my very first instrument and has earned it's way into my heart. It is both rare and loved at the same time. The sound is very unique and makes any band complete. Without oboes, music would not be a part of who I am.
I play the Clarinet, piano, alto saxophone, trumpet, violin, and xylophone and I want to play the oboe so bad but my parents won't let me get one because they are so expensive.
A band is only as good as it's worst oboe player. No decent band should be without one. No wonder good oboists often have solo parts.
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39Baritone Horn
The Baritone Horn is really underrated. Always overshadowed by the trumpet and clarinet players, still has a smooth and low sound. The only reason I think it's all the way up here is how unknown it is.

Example:
Person A: I play the Baritone in my band, mom.
Mom: Huh? What's that?
Been playing it for 5 years, and is an important instrument in the band, as well as fantastic for solos
The best instrument in the band ensemble! Great for smooth solos
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40Bassoon
One unique quality of the bassoon is that it can blend beautifully with any instrument. Its mellow tenor range, charming bass notes and seldom used but still very pretty alto range give this instrument so many characteristic sounds. Its double reed and countless keys take time to learn, but mastering them adds all the more prestige. One more thing: Nobody hates the bassoon.
The fact that this is the 41 st choice and not in the top ten not only for the level of difficulty and the sound quality amazes me and who ever did the ratings need to get a redo.
The bassoon has to be the best instrument. it should be number 1 I play it!
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41Banjo
The banjo is an amazing instrument!

42Piccolo

43French Horn
The French horn has a very mellow tone, my favorite. It's nice to have one instrument that is less sharp than the trumpet and higher than the baritone
French Horn are so Romantic!

44Classical Guitar
IS THE ORIGIN OF GUITAR AND IT'S FAIRLY THE BEST EVER
IT'S THE BEST FOR ROMANTIC SONGS
Great Instrument it sounds great but the electric is better
CG is a small orchestra. Like piano, it can play melody and harmony.

45Harpsichord
Inspired most baroque compositions. A favourite of Mozart and Bach. In fact, there was a point in history where nearly every household would have had a harpsichord. Should be higher.
Sweetass instrument, should be implemented more often in contemporary music.

46Tabla
This is an indian classical instrument, approximately 500 years old. It's becoming a very important instrument in modern music.
It keeps girls away so I don't have to talk to them
It is a very nice instrument which plays very beutifully I like zakhir hussain

47Spoons
They are spoons. WHY ELSE!?

48Didgeridoo

49Dulcimer

50Shamisen
It makes me think immediatly about japanese temples.
Gong and Shamisen:
The Best of the Best
The Rarest of the Rare
The Asian of the Asians
Two Great Harmonious Musical Instruments.
I like these instruments because they stand out from everyday boring ones, such as Guitar or Drums.

51Electric Violin
Seriously, ever heard bryson Andres play.
There is a vio, in in every genre of music ever, you hear violin everyday, you don't notice it, but it is the worlds most popular instrument.
The power of the Electric Guitar and the Violin put into one, twice the Awesomeness!
THIS IS THE BEST INSTRUMENT INSTRUMENT EVER! ESPECIALLY MRS EJIRO'S OWN

52Wobble Board
What is a wobble board?

53Flugelhorn
A flugelhorn is an instrument similar in appearance to a trumpet, with a sound resembling a mixture of a trumpet and a horn, also taking the best of both instruments. The tone is absolutely gorgeous, the mellowness of the horn in F and the versatility and range of a trumpet. Chuck Mangione is a great example of an amazing flugelhorn player, an amazing performer and songwriter.
I want a Flugelhorn! *screaming (high pitched) I want a Flugelhorn.
The purest, most beautiful sound ever! Absolutely gorgeous

54Bass Clarinet
Having tried the clarinet and bass clarinet, I can say that the bass clarinet is harder to get familiar with, especially the high notes. However, once mastered, it allows the player to fulfill almost any role in an ensemble, and keep a melodious tone the whole time. The lower notes are sonorous and riveting, and the higher notes can have the voice-like tone of a clarinet or the flair of a clarinet used in klesmer. Also, I think the piano and cello should be even higher on this list.

55Lyre

56Glockenspiel

57Santoor

58Ronroco
Makes the prettiest sound in the world. I have never played it but I have heard it. It's an instrument from South America and used in the soundtrack of the video game "The Last Of Us"

59Marching Snare

60Congas
They are exactly like bongo drums, except they have stands.

61English Horn
Its like an Oboe, but better, Dvorak knew what he was doing when he wrote the New World Symphony!
This instrument has the greatest sound of all.
Look it up.

62Dizi
It is so beautiful and relaxing!
Reminds me of a beautiful chinese bird singing

63Gendang

64Oud
Pretty much the coolest 12 stringed Middle Eastern guitar I have ever heard.
Magical voice, will make it go into serenity...

65Pedal Steel Guitar
Usually 10 Strings E9 Tuning Very nice sound used in country music a lot

66Snare

67Qanun
DON'T skip this insturment comes from heaven. I believe every human will love this legendary tunes.

68Tanpura

69Marxophone
An underrated instrument with a pretty sound. Makes you feel you're in the old west.

70Mellophone
Pretty much like a trumpet...but better.

71Tin Whistle
Fun, inexpensive and easy to play.

72Theremin

73Nose Whistle

74Bouzouki

75Shakuhachi

76Diple

77Duduk
Armenian wind instrument that has a beautiful ancient desert quality about it.
DUDUK IS THE BEST INSTRUMENT OF THE WORLD, WAKE UP PEOPLE, AND LISTEN THE HOLY SOUND OF THE ArmeniaN DUDUK.

78Euohonuim
Not many people know what this band instrument is. The best I can describe it is as a mini tuba. It is classified in the low brass section.

79Tromboon

80Soprano Melodica
i play it

81Setār
Is a Persian musical instrument. It is a member of the lute family, which is played with index finger of the right hand.

82Guqin

83Lap Harp

84Zither
It sound out each note so perfectly and give ones who hear it a sudden remote feeling of each unique song, either a malevolently fast beat one or a clear slow show of beats.

85Alto Horn
The alto horn is a beautiful instrument. It can play, a rich and deep melody, and the same goes with the harmony. It is very versatile, as it can play jazz, classical, marching music, whether in a solo, or an ensemble. I love the alto horn!
Wonderful sound. Very loud. I like that it's higher than a tuba, but lower than a trumpet.

86Dhol
A punjabi classical instrument

87Guzheng
This is the best and most relaxing instrument in the world!

88Pipa
It sounds just wonderful!

89Jaw Harp
Gives a great western sound. I play the jaw harp along with the drums and harmonica. A simple instrument and very underrated.

90Gong

91Zeusaphone

92Tar (Lute)

93Saz

94Whistle

95Percussions

96Berimbau

97Tamburica
Traditional Croatian Music instrument

98Lijerica

99Tubular Bells

100Contrabass Clarinet
Really big clarinet with giant keys. It is played with a reed and is classified as a woodwind instrument. About 6 feet tall and really low.

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