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21 Electric Upright Bass

It's simple and silly

Best instrument

22 Recorder

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

Awesome its like a flute but lighter and cheaper

It can do more than people expect

Man I was going vote drums but man the recorder is where its at😩 - Toothgrinder

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23 Trombone

I play Trombone, without it I would be lost in the world of music, pop, rock, Jazz, etc. It's a wonderful and enjoyable instrument and I don't know who I would be without it. Not a lot of people play it, it's a great instrument to learn and I hope I could teach more about it to people who think it's not easy. But they haven't tried the beautiful sounding instrument like some of us had

The trombone, in my opinion, specifically the bass trombone, is truly the most beautiful sounding instrument on earth. It is the most lyrical, rich sound I've ever heard, and I will play it until I die. You can play anything on the bass trombone, and every player finds their own unique sound. It isn't perfect, but it is the most wonderful thing I've ever heard.

Without the trombone in the band, it wouldn't have rhythm and low sounds to make the melody

It's one of the easiest instruments to pick up and play,kind of hard to carry though.
As a trombone player, I should know this

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24 Organ

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.

The organ sound is so powerful and rich. It's like the creation of the Universe in an instrument.

The organ is a general group of instruments. So in this comment in going to speak about the theatre organ, also known as the mighty Wurlitzer. Designed to accompany silent films, it is in a way, an acoustic synthesiser, a one man orchestra. It is capable of playing music of any genre. From organ classical, orchestral, light classical, pop, rock and dance, it'll do it all. It even has real instruments such as xylophones, glockenspiels, piano, drums etc inside. It should absolutely be in the top 10!

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25 Ocarina

A beautiful instrument that is popular enough that everyone knows what it is (Because of Legend of Zelda) but rare enough that barely anyone can play it well, increasing the joy in playing this instrument. In addition, because of its unique shape, it is the only instrument (other than the glass harp) that produces a pure tone. This means that the sound of this instrument is free of overtones, and even if overtones are present, they are far higher and quieter than the fundamental, giving it a unique, and by definition, pure, sound. Because of all of this it is a truly magical experience to play this beautiful and mysterious instrument.

It was in Zelda so it rocks

One of the first instruments ever constructed, capable of quenching nations, ruining weddings, and angering windmill workers. Definitely the best instrument of all time.

Ultra portable, easy to learn, difficult to master, beautiful sound, limitless variety of sounds and styles, and a certain magic about it that no other instrument can match.

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26 Horn

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 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.

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.

It's hard to explain but the horn has such a different and in my opinion better sound. It's very fun to play too!

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27 Electric Violin

The power of the Electric Guitar and the Violin put into one, twice the Awesomeness!

I love my electric violin. It produces such deep sounds that a normal violin can not. It looks awesome and it is. Go Electric 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.

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28 Bass (Stand Up)

In my opinion, the upright bass is the most fun, most classy, most challenging, and best sounding instrument of all time. The lack of frets creates a a rich, deep sound that cannot be matched by any other instrument, and it can be used in any genre of music. One can replace a bass guitar for an upright bass with a pickup in a rock or heavy setting, but it is much harder for an electric bass to fit in to a classical or jazz setting.

A very awesome sounding instrument! Not to mention it has different ways of being played! Plucked, Bowed, or Slapped, it is definitely one of the most underrated but amazing instruments ever made!

The Stand up bass can be and where from dark and powerful to soft and beautiful. When you play you can't help to be content. People always forget about it because tradition places it in a beat keeper role.

Sounds deep and rich, gives you satisfaction when you play. I like cavantina on double bass.

29 French Horn

The French horn is THE BEST instrument ever! It has a rich, mellow sound, and a golden tone that brightens the sound of the band. It is not rich and dark like other bass instruments; rather, it has a rich, bright sound that blends with bands and, if played well, does nice solos. Sure, other instruments can switch notes quicker, and the woodwinds sound really exotic, but the Horn has an unreal, inverted tone that sounds magical. No wonder it plays the theme of Harry Potter! Its tone is rich, yet very clear, especially in the higher register. It has a unique, rich sound, with a delicate feel, making it good for harmonies. It blends well with woodwinds and brass alike, making it quite compatible. Baritone and Sax can mimic its sound a bit, but will never match the Horn's pure, friendly tone. The French Horn is by far the best instrument.

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

Please. French horn is EASILY the best sounding instrument when played right. They are extremely hard to learn unlike most of the instruments in the top 10. Just listen to any movie soundtrack and they are loaded with horn solos. That's for a reason, by the way.

I play the French Horn and it sounds nice

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30 Tuba

The Tuba is just as capable as any other brass instrument, even if it is large, heavy, or cumbersome. This being said, I believe it has a beautiful unique sound that resonates with everyone's hearts; literally, as it can mean the world's difference in a concert hall, as to whether or not the bass line is ever heard above much louder instruments. Tubas are not easy to play, for it takes skill, as all instruments do, to be able to produce several octaves' worth of notes with three or more buttons and the human soul.

I am a tuba fanatic, I love everything about the tuba, I really hope this instrument will go higher on this list because it really doesn't deserve to be down this low.

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)

Bigger is better

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31 Viola

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!

Just better in general... This instrument has the best sound and is very beautiful.

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32 Classical Guitar

I can never get enough of the sound of classical guitar. It's so romantic and calming. I love it!

Great Instrument it sounds great but the electric is better

CG is a small orchestra. Like piano, it can play melody and harmony.

IS THE ORIGIN OF GUITAR AND IT'S FAIRLY THE BEST EVER
IT'S THE BEST FOR ROMANTIC SONGS

33 Double Bass

There are so many things to like about double bass, and it is without question my favorite instrument to study and play. It's so different from violin, viola and cello despite looking similar; it requires much more shifting due to its size, it is tuned in fourths rather than fifths (probably for easier shifting), and gets exclusive access to a special overhand "German" style bow. The double bass is so unique in fact that it is actually related less to the violin family and more to the viola the gamba family which died off in the baroque era. For those concerned that bass may be "too simple" for them, I would encourage them to study bass thumb position (the register above the shoulders to the bridge uses the thumb) and listen to some of the master solo works from the likes of Giovanni Botessini and Sergei Koussevitzky, works that take advantage of the instrument's entire register.I know as a double bass student, I have my work cut out for me for the rest of my life, and I wouldn't want ...more

There is something wrong with the fact that my favorite instrument of all time is number 33. I've played every other string instrument plus guitar and ukulele and none other has taken me like this bass has. Of course, I owe a special thanks to amazing Hunter Allen. He made my bass career full out.

I have played the double bass for six years in a Orchestra and it is beautiful. Most of the time it under appreciated since we almost never get solos, but nothing beets the unique deep sound (or the arm work out).

Literally everything else is horrible.

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34 Oboe

Oboe is by far the hardest of the woodwinds instruments. The other woodwind instruments require embouchure, of course, but nowhere near the level of the oboe. The oboe's embouchure is much more firm than that of the saxophone or clarinet, and there is always room for improvement, whereas with a flute, once you get the technique, you're pretty much set. Even if you learn to regulate air and play with the correct embouchure, you must still work your way up to a perfect reed. The oboe ( and bassoon) embodies two of the hardest aspects of woodwinds and brasses. You still have to memorize a lot of fingerings, while striving to perfect embouchure. Without it, you sound like a duck (which is probably what turns people off of learning oboe).

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.

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 <3 Oboe

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35 Cowbell

Cowbell should be in third place, behind Bagpipes and Triangle.

I got a fever, and the only prescription is more cowbell

Every song needs more cowbell.

The world has got to have more cowbell!

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36 Timpani

Boom! It is like a giant nuclear explosion. It is also hard to learn how to do the notes

37 Accordion Accordion Accordions are a family of box-shaped musical instruments of the bellows-driven free-reed aerophone type, colloquially referred to as a squeezebox.

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!

Probably the most misunderstood instrument out there, when really it has more potential than many think. It isn't just for Serbian folk music. So please people, understand that the accordion is just like any other instrument and stop hating it.

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?!

I love I am playing accordion

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38 Sitar

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

Why isn't sitar topping the list? People should listen to sitar first.

The Sitar is only popular in one corner of the world (mostly), It does not mean that it doesn't sound great, it just isn't very popular where most people are from who vote in this list. Most people on this list are from the UK or the Americas, so they just don't like it because it's not what their used to. Believe me, The U.S. is mostly a very provincial place, apart from the big cities and the area around them.

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39 Triangle

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.

Damn this is the hardest instrument ever to play. It challenges your brain and takes a tremendous amount of skillz. I mean these guys are other than football players and are in better shape then Weight Lifters! GO TRIANGLES! - God_Potato

One of the divine instrument. critical to play but good at color variations and useful in the church.

Hmm... Instrument is a big word for it LOL :D

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40 Bass 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.

The Bass Clarinet is physically a beautiful instrument. But nothing is as good as playing a rich mellow low note the shakes your mouth in a very funny way. The Bass Clarinet can also play high notes beautifully. Once mastered the bass clarjnet can play good repertoires, orchestral excerpts, Etudes, and any other types lf songs. Once you master it it becomes aa awesome instrument

I think it should be in the top five along with the bass clarinet

I play the bass clarinet and its great!

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