Please tell me about bands (or one-off projects) who have one or more animal members, or composers who use animals in their compositions. Especially interested in animals performing/touring live, but purely recorded animals are okay too. [more inside]
Did the instruments played by jazz musicians have cultural significance? [more inside]
I have an alto saxophone that I would no longer like to keep lugging around as I move over and over again. It is worth more than I am willing to deal with myself: I've never sold anything worth more than $200 on ebay/craigslist. I can easily reach anywhere in New York City or environs, so I imagine there are a lot of places that would buy it from me. Is there any place in particular I should go? What should I expect their markup to be? Is this even a good idea? [more inside]
Surely, somewhere in the world, there must be one. There certainly *should* be. Musical Instrument Museums abound, in many countries, and would probably be fascinating to visit. But what I really want to see (and want to see archived) is a lovingly-curated collection of TOY MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS. Does anyone know where in the world such a place might be?
What is this instrument? I think it's a soprano sax, but it looks slightly different than other soprano saxes, so I'm wondering if it's a silver clarinet. Extra credit: who made it, how old is it, what's it worth? Thanks!
I need a musical instrument that can be stored in a vehicle (no climate control) for months at a time in a climate that is hot (over 100 degrees F during the daytime in the summer) and dry (not humid), without becoming warped or destroyed somehow. [more inside]
Can someone buy an instrument from "Landfill Harmonic"/Los Reciclados? [more inside]
In recent years, I've grown uncomfortable with sight-reading lots of flats and naturals, especially in chords, and with reading notes above and below the staves. This is limiting my ability to sit down and play anything on the piano. What are some good pieces and exercises that help a person regain general mastery in this area?
For home recordings, I'm looking to learn a new instrument that is cello-like, low-end and haunting sounding, but not large and unwieldy. Help me brainstorm. [more inside]
I've decided to buy a tide clock, I can order one online, but I'd prefer to go into a store so I can ask questions regarding calibration etc. Does anyone know of a store that sells them in Toronto (or area?) Thanks
You can learn piano, guitar, and even the ocarina on YouTube. So, are there any good violin lessons out there? I'm looking for anything, but especially beginner violin (from, this is how you hold the bow to "caring for your violin" type videos.) [more inside]
I would like to participate in a drum circle. What are some fairly affordable and portable drums or percussion instruments I could buy? General advice welcome but links to specific models and pros and cons of each would be especially helpful. [more inside]
Are there any bands or musicians out there who perform live featuring the use of everyday or unconventional items as instruments? (ala Stomp?) [more inside]
I want to start making electronic music. I'm thinking about buying maybe an MPC type of device but not sure where to start. Novation Launchpad? Maschine? Any recommendations for a total, total beginner? Or should I really get a copy of Ableton and figure out if I'm truly into it first? [more inside]
Is it possible to buy a decent, non-plywood cello in New York City for $2000? [more inside]
Do I have the only Balilla accordion in the world? [more inside]
What are some songs or clips from songs that slowly build up by adding instruments one at a time and/or by featuring one instrument at a time? [more inside]
Just what is this flat, neckless 4-stringed musical instument? [more inside]
I need an acoustic guitar to incorporate into an art installation. It'll be played roughly (by machines!), rest at an odd angle for years in conditions of unknown temperature and humidity, and be tuned only occasionally. What guitar should I get that won't crack, warp, or otherwise disintegrate under this treatment? Durability is more important than beauty or tone quality. I'm sure an electric guitar would be tougher, but I'd like to stay acoustic if possible. [more inside]
What musical instruments require more than one performer to operate?
For all you nautical types: what kind of instruments on a large ship could detect if a rogue wave were headed your way? [more inside]
What causes strings to go false? [more inside]
Where does one purchase musical instruments in Birmingham, UK? [more inside]
Electric guitar for small hands, help me choose one? [more inside]
Native Instrument's Absynth 5 question: I can't see the database version of the browser only the file structure page so I can't really search. [more inside]
I love music, but every time I try to take up an instrument I get frustrated with sucking and give up. How do I not do this? [more inside]
What's a fair price for a second hand US made Fender Telecaster 52 Reissue and what's the market like? I'm hoping to prevent my dad from getting ripped off. [more inside]
What popular songs or songs by popular bands use instruments not commonly associated with rock/pop/alternative music? [more inside]
Do you know anything about the man whose experimental musical instruments were shown during interstitials on M2 (became MTV2) in the late '90s? I don't remember much about the instruments, but they were obviously handmade, mostly constructed out of household items. I seem to remember stringed instruments and organ-like things.
What quality, relatively cheap melodica should I buy? [more inside]
Need info on my banjo [more inside]
Are there kid-playable instruments (besides the recorder) whose notes can be sustained? Building or hacking or repurposing instruments is allowable. Brainstorming encouraged. [more inside]
Technically exemplary metal bass performances? [more inside]
What are some blogs/posts/videos that deconstruct the production of specific songs? [more inside]
Should I use a Hohner Special 20 or a Lee Oskar harmonica? [more inside]
Working on this dark whimsical carnival-esque song for a local compilation. Can someone help me find the key? (Tried the usual Googling until my head exploded)... Link to streaming song included in extended description. [more inside]
Digital pianos for real pianists: talk to me, pianists of AskMe. [more inside]
Is there a San Francisco or Bay Area equivalent to Austin's (or NYC's) Handmade Music scene, focused on building electronic musical instruments? [more inside]
Help a professional musician with tuning! [more inside]
What is a mint 1975 guild d40 NT worth?
MusicianFilter: I accidentally broke the headstock off my neighbors Vacarro 5 string bass (Don't ask...lets just say it was a late night session). I’m looking to replace the neck, but cannot find anyone who can get a 5 string Vacarro neck. Anyone have any suggestions? I’m in the NY metro area.
Learning music instruments---order of difficulty? [more inside]
Five string guitar (non-bass), with a standard-width fretboard: Why am I not finding m/any, and how can one be altered, purchased, or constructed cheaply by a non-expert. [more inside]
I need to learn how to play guitar. I'd like to start on an acoustic so I won't have to lug an amp around all the time. What type of acoustic should I start off with and what is the best way to learn? Websites? Lessons? [more inside]
Should I buy this used Taylor acoustic guitar? Guitar guru mefites, help me out! [more inside]
Are there any stores that sell cheap toy musical instruments in Los Angeles? [more inside]
What are some good thrift stores in Philly that go beyond just clothing? [more inside]
What are some good pop/rock songs that feature an accordion? I'm not looking for any polka/cajun/zydeco-influenced sounds, but more traditional rock tunes - think "The Last Beat of My Heart" by Siouxsie and the Banshees or even "What it Takes" by Aerosmith - where it's just another backing instrument.
What instrument is this, that I remember from my youth? [more inside]
Help me choose a musical instrument to learn! [more inside]
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