Best Musical Instruments


The Contenders: Page 3

41 Baritone 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.

Person A: I play the Baritone in my band, mom.
Mom: Huh? What's that?

The baritone is the most under rated instrument and know barely know even though it is a beautiful instrument and makes almost the exact same sound as the trombone and that well known.

Been playing it for 5 years, and is an important instrument in the band, as well as fantastic for solos

Baritones are "LIT"

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42 Banjo

"I love the banjo because it's aussie and I think its reminds me of power and determination I've been learning the banjo since I was 3 years old I love and it was the only thing I played with".

"Ever since I started I've always dreamed of being a banjo superstar in a wonderful instrument and it also makes me think of my family of Australia"

Banjos have some of the most potential an instrument can possess only second to guitar. They originated in the appalachian mountains and are incredible. Sadly, they have gone down in popularity due to a negative stigma against appalachians. Nowadays only old folks can play them (well). It is making a comeback due to Mumford and sons but locals still haven't embraced it again. Please come back banjo.

The banjo is an amazing instrument!

Honestly the banjo is the most underrated instrument, it is one of the most truly American instrument.even thou bluegrass banjo takes a lot of skill to play, it can be used for much more. A lot of folk and old time banjo is beautiful to hear. The banjo is a really fun and unique instrument to play. I wish it was less of joke and more people would take it seriously. It's a good thing that bands like Mumford and Sons have began making it cool again.when I play it a lot of people are surprised by how it sounds from my playing.

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43 Tambourine

Great sound. It has a ringing sensation

44 Cornet

I have a best friend who plays a cornet and she loves it. It does not require much effort but it makes a wonderful loud sound.

Basically a trumpet and ultra hard to learn, sounds like a foghorn at times!

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45 Turntables

How is this so low? Just listen to Slipknot's (Sic) or Linkin Park's A Place For My Head. Turntables are such a cool instrument, especially in genres like Nu-Metal; if I'm ever in a band, I will make sure that someone is playing turntables - Lem

Turntablism is an art of music and takes years to prefect. Not like these controllers that find the beats for you. Old school turntablism is like a craft and everyone is unique in the sounds that they produce when playing a turntable. Yes it's a musical instrument. Probably one of the most important instruments every.

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47 Piccolo

Piccolo is my favorite character in dragon ball z

Hard to play a lot harder then the flute the reason is that the keys are smaller then the flutes and it makes it hard to play

48 Marimba

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.

Anyone that disagrees or doesn't know much about the marimba. Listen to Catching Shadows By Ivan Trevino... that's all I must say

49 Glockenspiel

Glockenspiels are fun and easy to play, I started out on one before playing the piano.

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50 Celesta V 1 Comment
51 Gong

I think it pretty strange but still good

52 Electric Cello

Electric cellos are different from the normal cello But since I have never heard an electric guitar, I can't judge.

There are too many traditionalists in the world of orchestral instruments, but those fools just don't get it. As electric guitar is to acoustic guitar, so Electric Cello is to Acoustic Cello. When I plug my electric cello into my gear, I can put a bunch of crazy electronics on it, crank it up, and take y'all to outer space! Every high school poser plays electric git, but there's always a place for e-cello in a jam.

I don't play electric cello but no one has commented and I think electric cello's are epic!

53 Tabla

This is an indian classical instrument, approximately 500 years old. It's becoming a very important instrument in modern music.

A instrument that is very hard to play. I play tabla so I know that it's harder than guitar and piano. Tabla tests your strength. If you master it, then there is no instrument you can't play.

It keeps girls away so I don't have to talk to them


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54 Bassoon

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.

One of the hardest instruments to play but very beautiful. It's one the most unique instruments and if you play it, orchestras will love you.

The bassoon takes great skill to play and to sound good. It is a scholarship instrument in almost every college in the world. It can play in both bands and orchestras and is a favorite amongst composers for solos. Vivaldi wrote 39 concertos just for the bassoon. Stravinsky started the Rite of Spring with a bassoon solo (yes, it's in the very upper register of the instrument). It's also featured in The Sorceror's Apprentice, The Main Title from "The Bourne Identity, and L'Ultima Diligenza di Red Rock in the movie "H8teful Eight". You've been hearing the bassoon your whole life in movie soundtracks, in orchestras, in bands, and even in rock bands. Many progressive rock groups have adopted using the bassoon in their group because 1) it provides a refreshing new and different sound to the group 2) you can electrify the bassoon to make it sound like an electric guitar using a pickup device called a "little jake" Just because it is a difficult instrument or is lesser known does not mean ...more

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55 Bass Trombone

The Bass Trombone can play just like a normal tenor trombone but can also hit all of those awesome super low notes that normal trombones just can't play

56 Mandolin

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?

Very fun to play and relatively easy to learn, plus you can get a sweet beginner's instrument for a song. From old timey tunes to Bach, this instrument is great for either solo or backup. Plus there are actually mandolin orchestras out there. Seriously! The group I played in performs the Christmas portion of Handel's Messiah every year at Christmastime. And talk about portable! I used to practice mine every day during the commute to/from work. On the ferry. One time a guitarist sat across from me and we jammed the entire way home. Need I say more?

"because there's something so feminine about a mandolin, the way they feel, the way that they ring, just to see slender fingers moving so quickly, made this boy want to sing"---Jimmy Buffett

My favourite... gives truly lovely tune... shahrukh in ddlj with mandolin is truly awesome... wow instrument... It should be at top... no matter it's definitely top in my list...😉

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There is no need for 'crwth' to be written all in upper case letters, it isn't initials. Crwth is a Welsh word that rhymes with 'truth' and 'tooth'. It's a stringed instrument played with a bow. - Crwth

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58 Didgeridoo

Limited, but takes some serious skills all the same. Circular breathing can be tricky to pick up.

The didgeridoo is the coolest instrument I play. Although quite difficult.

Digeridoos sound like culture. They produce a sound that no other instrument can. When they are played you can feel the vibrations off the earth and it gives you a feel of sensation.

Severely underrated. 20,000 year olds instrument that's has bad massive steps in western technique and style developed in the past 10 years. Insane amounts of sound are possible.

59 Piccolo Trumpet

Say goodbye to your eardrums trying to reach anything above the G

60 Vibraphone

The vibraphone has so much potential, but it's not well known and is not utilized often. The reverb is amazing!

Vibraphone because you can make the notes go longer when you step on the paddle.

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