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Little drummer boy

I want to buy my partner a beginner's electronic drum kit. I know nothing. Please help. [more inside]
posted by FirstMateKate on Dec 1, 2016 - 6 answers

Harp/dulcimer suggestions?

I've always wanted a harp, and we have a month to finish up our insurance reimbursement request from when our house was broken into two years ago. We had a lot of musical instruments on there (mainly guitars) but do not need to replace them with the same instrument. Any suggestions on harps or dulcimers, preferably in the $100-200 range?
posted by needlegrrl on Sep 5, 2013 - 4 answers

Name My Ukulele!

Name My Ukulele! My ukulele has a nice, sweet tone, but I would feel more connected to it if it had a name. I'd like to think of it as a friend and not just an object. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by speedythepolkaboy on Apr 1, 2013 - 46 answers

Please recommend a luthier or guitar technician in NYC

I am seeking a truly excellent luthier/guitar tech in New York City, preferably Manhattan, specializing in acoustic instruments and capable of doing advanced woodwork. [more inside]
posted by spitbull on Mar 31, 2013 - 5 answers

What musical instruments can I play with a hand tremor?

I have a worsening degenerative hand tremor and can no longer play conventional rock music on guitar. What musical instrument could I take up that could accommodate this condition? [more inside]
posted by quarantine on Mar 2, 2013 - 23 answers

Channeling George Harrison

Musical Tourism: I'm traveling next week to Delhi for business, but will have a weekend for shopping, sightseeing. I'm a nerdy musician and would like to bring home a meaningful musical souvenir from India. Preferably an instrument I can play. What should I get and where should I get it from? [more inside]
posted by Doleful Creature on Jun 1, 2012 - 10 answers

Vintage Digital Multieffects Pedal

What is a cheap, crazy sounding vintage multi effects unit? [more inside]
posted by bigspoon on Feb 14, 2011 - 6 answers

Music store in Beijing?

Where in Beijing can I buy Chinese musical instruments? [more inside]
posted by ms.codex on Nov 23, 2010 - 1 answer

Help me find this shirt, pretty please.

Glee/Fashion Filter: A friend (I swear it's not me) is looking for a shirt worn by Kurt in the "Power of Madonna" episode. Grey on Black french horn T-shirt and I can't seem to find it instock online. [more inside]
posted by RolandOfEld on Oct 6, 2010 - 3 answers

America's Top Musical Instrument?

What are the most popular musical instruments in the US? What types of musical instruments are sold more in the United States than any other? [more inside]
posted by lotusmonster on Oct 5, 2010 - 7 answers

Teach my pop to pick the banjo

Clevelandfilter: Who gives good beginner banjo lessons in Cleveland? [more inside]
posted by andromache on Jul 30, 2010 - 4 answers

What keyboard should I buy? Criteria inside.

What keyboard should I buy? Criteria inside. [more inside]
posted by cuando on Jun 1, 2010 - 9 answers

UK -> CANADA shipping

Best/Cheapest/Safest way to ship a musical instrument from the UK to Canada? [more inside]
posted by mannequito on Feb 25, 2010 - 5 answers

Sing-alongs for the talentless

How can a person without skill or talent have fun at an informal family-style sing-along? [more inside]
posted by Alizaria on Jun 17, 2009 - 13 answers

Help Me Find My First Autoharp!

I've decided to learn how to play the Autoharp, and am looking into purchasing one for the very first time. What's a good entry-level instrument? (Note: keep in mind that I'm an absolute beginner, and am looking at the lower end of the price range, since I'm just starting out.) Thank you in advance for your help, all!
posted by teamparka on Feb 23, 2009 - 8 answers

Where do I get a box for a big keyboard?

Where can I find a box to ship a big keyboard? [more inside]
posted by zvs on Jan 8, 2009 - 9 answers

What conditions do banjos dislike?

How can I store my banjo long-term to preserve the best possible sound? I have a hard case (not a soft "gig bag") and the instrument is in a dark closet. We keep the humidity between 40-55% whenever possible... [more inside]
posted by homelystar on Aug 19, 2008 - 4 answers

Looking for a junkyard of musical instruments

Where in New York City or the San Francisco Bay Area can I buy dirt-cheap used/wrecked musical instruments? I want to dig through bins of dented trombones and xylophones with missing bars. Is there such a place? Preferably near public transit.
posted by moonmilk on Jun 1, 2008 - 4 answers

Learning a musical instrument for the non-musically inclined?

Suggestions for a quirky, small musical instrument that a music-newbie can learn to play on their own? [more inside]
posted by lychee on Aug 28, 2007 - 43 answers

Where to find a Stroh violin in New York

Is there any shops in New York City where one could find a Stroh violin, aka Phonofiddle or violinophone? [more inside]
posted by 235w103 on Jun 8, 2007 - 7 answers


Help me understand how guitars (steel-string and classical) are built. [more inside]
posted by arcticwoman on Jun 1, 2006 - 7 answers

Can you take a guitar on a plane these days ?

I am flying to another city soon and would like take my guitar with me. On the plane--not as baggage. I would like to read about the experiences of anyone here who has tried to do the same. My research thus far yields no fixed answer.
posted by y2karl on Oct 9, 2005 - 18 answers

What (musical) keyboard should I buy?

I've played guitar for 10+ years - I want to learn piano, for writing, performing, and to widen my musical understanding. A real piano doesn't jive with my life, what should I buy? [more inside]
posted by Jack Karaoke on Sep 25, 2005 - 14 answers

Gutar Man

My 13 yr. old son has been taking electric guitar lessons for about a year and is getting ready to spend his hard earned money on a new guitar. (more inside) [more inside]
posted by rtimmel on Mar 7, 2005 - 25 answers

Electric Guitar

Does anyone have a recommendation for a cheap, but great sounding electric guitar, say in the $300-600 range? [more inside] [more inside]
posted by Tommy Gnosis on Nov 24, 2004 - 14 answers

Fretboard Hangers-ons

What are the three things on the body (just above the fretboard) of Jeff Tweedy's guitar in this picture? I've been seeing them on that guitar at Wilco shows for years, and have never been able to figure out what they are. At some shows, it seemed like they were glowing, but it could have just been the stage lights.
posted by COBRA! on Oct 27, 2004 - 8 answers


Odd Ethnic Croatian instruments...I found my dad's old bugarija, and took it to the local folk-music shop to get restrung. They gave me strings based on the thirty-year-old strings that were on the thing. I looked online and foud out that the instrument is commonly tuned to an open D, but there's no way I can wind the strings up that tight without breaking stuff. If possible, I'd like to tune it like a guitar's top strings, and leave the bottom two strings as a drone and octave ('chorus'), but don't really know what my options are. My dad hasn't played it in 40+ years so he's no help...any one know anything 'bout a bugarija? One other thing: it's got five tuning pegs, but both the nut and the bridge have seven slots, with different spacing. Anyone know what the heck is going on?
posted by notsnot on Mar 6, 2004 - 10 answers

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