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    My name is Mike, not Cal
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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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    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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    Quote Originally Posted by AllenG View Post
    Not simple, nor easy to learn, nor cheap, but nothing sounds better.
    My favorite, of course.

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    For waking people in the morning...


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    Quote Originally Posted by msincredible View Post
    My favorite, of course.
    heeeheee...violinists of Foo unite!
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    My name is Mike, not Cal
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    Quote Originally Posted by HigherGround View Post
    For waking people in the morning...
    It sounds like you know from experience--were you the player or the sleeper?
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    Two turntables and a microphone.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wordbiker View Post
    Two turntables and a microphone.
    that's where it's at.
    "I got my lips chewed off by a dingo!" --David Letterman

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    Harmonica...

    Fits in the pocket and is never out of key with itself!
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    Quote Originally Posted by nekohime View Post
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by HigherGround View Post
    For waking people in the morning...


    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
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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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    Quote Originally Posted by SingingSabre View Post
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by x136 View Post




    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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    Quote Originally Posted by DrPete View Post
    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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