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41 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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42 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?

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

Better than the Trombone! Its just better.

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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

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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 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"

The banjo is an amazing instrument!

The banjo is the most Australian instrument there is and

Banjo? I think is created by the Indian person

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50 Gong

I think it pretty strange but still good

51 Electric Cello

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

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

52 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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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

It is a very nice instrument which plays very beutifully I like zakhir hussain

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54 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

55 Cymbals

Try marching the cymbals! It's so much fun!

BASH BASH That's all I hear from them

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?

"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

Great instrument with unique sound. Adds flavor to songs.

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57 Piccolo Trumpet

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

58 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.

59 Harpsichord

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.

Why is this so low on the list? Its an amazing instrument for anything from classical music to modern rock covers.

It has a richer timbre than the piano.

Sweetass instrument, should be implemented more often in contemporary music.

60 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.

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