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Old 07-05-08, 11:54 PM   #1
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What's the perfect instrument?

...according to whatever metric you like (simplicity, ease to learn, sound, cost, etc)

For fun, let's not say the human voice.
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Old 07-05-08, 11:57 PM   #2
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Drums, but they are the most costly.
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Not simple, nor easy to learn, nor cheap, but nothing sounds better.
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Costwise? Recorders and the ilk--they're cheap as dirt and easy to learn. Unfortunately, most are horrible sounding.

In terms of range and versatility, pianos are the best.

For expressiveness, bowed strings are the best. I personally love the violin, although I think the cello is the most emotive of the lot.
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My favorite, of course.
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heeeheee...violinists of Foo unite!
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Old 07-06-08, 12:13 AM   #8
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For waking people in the morning...
It sounds like you know from experience--were you the player or the sleeper?
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that's where it's at.
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Harmonica...

Fits in the pocket and is never out of key with itself!
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Old 07-06-08, 12:33 AM   #13
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heeeheee...violinists of Foo unite!
YES!!! (despite my broken bow)

....I also play viola, guitar, and drums.....
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I'll second the piano, violin, and cello, but I speak from the perspective of a mere listener.
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Also for general stirring of the blood. I bagpipes. I can't play any musical instrument though.
My favorite instruments to listen to in order are:
Bagpipes, particularly more than one at once
Violin
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A good pipe organ:

Not easy to learn, definitely not cheap, but can do a wide range of sounds, and it just looks awesome.
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a mountain dulcimer,
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simple (or as complex as you want), portable, versatile

http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=harmonica



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Harmonica...

Fits in the pocket and is never out of key with itself!
Beat me to it, by a mile.
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trumpet harmonica!
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Cello....I love the sound a good one makes.
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The Scanlan blue titanium microvascular needle holder. Hey, we each have our art form.

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I'll second the piano, violin, and cello, but I speak from the perspective of a mere listener.
Another vote for the theramin!

With the glockenspiel a close second, of course.....
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The Scanlan blue titanium microvascular needle holder. Hey, we each have our art form.

...but, discounting the surgeon's favorite muzak, there's no sound so surely those are DQ'ed? Un-anaesthetized patients don't count.
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