How many toys do you have?

How many toys do you have?

Seems to be fairly common among folies that we’re multi instrumentalists.

I started playing folk just with guitar and singing. Then I got into playing whistle, because I wanted to fit into the tune sessions more.

I got reasonably good at the whistle, but I didn’t enjoy it that much.

So I got a mandolin. That was pretty good fun, and fairly easy for me. Still play it alot.

Then I tried fiddle for a while. I got good enough to scratch out some jigs and reels, only slightly out of tune. One band actually accepted me as their fiddle player, unbelievably, and I ended up doing quite a few gigs with them.

These days I leave the fiddle alone. Causes me too many back and neck aches. I’ll get back into it one day though, and probably take proper lessons this time, instead of just learning by tips from friends.

These days I confine myself to guitar, mandolin and bouzouki.

Some people seem to think it’s really impressive that I play so many instruments. What they don’t take into account, though, is that I’m playing the same tunes on all of them.

If you dedicated yourself to playing one tune you know really well (for e.g, Bah Bah Black Sheep) on every instrument in the world, you could probably do it suprising easily.

That’s effectively what I’m doing, in a way. But instead of just one tune I know really really well, It’s about 40-50 tunes I know really really well.

Something that’s occured to me of late: I need to learn new tunes! I’m getting into the habbit of just learning a new instrument every time I get bored. It’s a bad trap, I don’t know if anyone else has encountered it.

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1 polyMERR flute
3 D whistles (Cheapies all)
1 C whistle
1 Bb whistle

THose are the only things I;d dare take to a session.
My other toys include:
1 Rickenbacker 330 electric guitar
1 Vox Tonelab guitar processor (Which cost me more than my flute)
1 MIM Fender Jazz Bass
1 Takamine 12-string accoustic
1 plastic soprano recorder
1 plastic tenor recorder
1 set of lefty Naill highland pipes (for sale actually if anyone is interested!)

I only play the Rickenbacker and my flute on a regular basis. The whistles are for practicing on long car trips or lending out at a session. Or learning the occasional tune in C or Bb.

In my folly I want to get something to play accompaniment on in sessions. My brain is saying to concentrate on flute. I wonder if I could get a half set of pipes and just play the drones while fluting?

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Let’s see -

play the piano (primarily classically)
fiddle
hammer dulcimer
mountain dulcimer
bowed psaltry (on occasion)
banjo (just learning)
and I sing too.

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Michael Kelly FSE mandolin (my current main instrument)
Weber Sweet Pea Travel Mandolin
banjo mandolin
Flatiron mandola
a D whistle I just rescued in an old crate of memorabilia
classical guitar
beautiful burgundy Les Paul
‘65 Fender Mustang
3/4 scale Rickenbacker John Lennon model
Danelectro baritone guitar
cheap Ibanez electric bass

For the past year, I’ve been concentrating on the mandolins, on which I play mostly ITM. However, I also have player’s love for reverb-drenched surf guitar. And it’s only a matter of time before I start playing bouzouki.

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JSO how do you find banjo-mandolin?

Also, good luck with the zouk. I enjoy playing it alot, though you need to find the right session for it (being a relatively gentle instrument).

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Currently - 3 fiddles 8ve fiddle, electro-acoustic fiddle, Yamaha fiddle, 5 string fiddle, oboe, sax, keyboard, 3 whistles, 2 recorders, mandolin
But I mainly play fiddle and oboe.

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2 Paddy Richter tuned half-valved Suzuki Promaster Harmonicas (sounds impressive eh!)
2 Standard promaster blues harps
umpteen other diatonic harmonicas in various tunings, some retuned by me
although, having a squad of harmonicas could be considered by others as cheating ;-)
1 guitar which was played by my late wife, which I sometimes strum very badly
1 tin whistle, which I play v infrequently, because it doesn’t sound as good (when I play it) as the harmonica
and 1 BC Hohner button box. Which I have only been playing for a short time and love almost as much as my harmonicas.

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Flutes (6 hole and Boehm), whistles of various sorts (I’m always losing my decent D whistles), fiddle - these go to sessions. I gave up on Irish pipes, the nephew has them at the moment.

Macann duet concertina, mediaeval bagpipes, various odds and sods in the piccolo and fife line- can play these a bit, but not for sessions.

Things I’ve got but can’t play: guitar (kept for visitors), trombone, tenor horn (not sax), Vietnamese and Egyptian shawms, a couple of those funny single- reed thingies that everyone brings back from Morocco,…

That’s not counting Her instruments (clarinet, bassoon, piano…)

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- 2 Martin Doyle Flutes
- a dozen whistles in different keys.
- A fiddle
- A baby grand piano.

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1 fiddle
(£195 worth gonna get a new one soon though)
4 whistles (3 cheapies 1 dixon high d)
uilleann pipes (practice set)

i mainly only play fiddle and pipes but can’t play anything as I’ve pulled a muscle in my neck..

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5 and a half fiddles, 11 harmonicas, 2 banjo mandolins, 2 mandolins, one zither banjo, one tenor b. in bits, one ukelele banjo, one ukelele, 5 guitars including an early 70’s strat, a piano (don’t play it), a few bits of a drum kit, several african drums, a triangle, castanets, other things you hit and bang or shake, but no shakey eggs, a xylophone (in garden shed - a bit rusty), a small piano accordian with woodworm in same shed, several whistles and recorders. Thinking about getting another mandolin, and someone has just told me I can have an old autoharp that she has rusting away somewhere.

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I have a flute. But it’s MY flute, so I win.

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Mike burke whistles Low D and Soprano
7 or 8 other various(ie generation,shaw) keys of whistles
Hohner Melodica and Concertina
Peter Abnett Zouk (prize possession)
Minstrel Octave Mandolin
Heintzman Upright piano
Old Takimine 12 string (1970’s)
Harmony tenor banjo(suprisingly a great little instrument)
Epiphone fretless bass
Davy Stuart custom mandolin(on the way)

I tried to tackle fiddle….. but can’t get in to a comfortable position with that thing jammed under my chin.

Sometimes I think I would be a better musician if I stuck with one instrument and tried to master that. I know that my wallet would be happier

BB

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.. .. … "If you dedicated yourself to playing one tune you know really well (for e.g, Bah Bah Black Sheep) on every instrument in the world, you could probably do it suprising easily."

Would that be every instrument, or one of each kind?

Cos if its the former, and you go in alphabetical order, you’d probably die before you got to bodhran.

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(Starting with the ones I got first );
Guitars
5-string banjo
Mountain dulcimers (home-built)
Mandolin
Greek ‘zouk
English concertina X 2
Electric bass (home-built)
Electric guitars ditto
Bodhran
Irish ‘zouk
Then there’s the SO’s collection;
Silver flute
Mountain dulcimer
Wooden flute
Table-top harmonium
Whistles X omega
Washboard
Jew’s harp
Spoons
Bowed psaltery……..

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Several Waltons, Feadog, Generation whistles Bb to D
Home-made plastic flute G (couldn’t finish it - get the tone holes the right size - until I learned to play it)
Home-made plastic whistle F (it was meant to be G)
Slide whistle
Ukulele
2 Jews Harps
Bodhran
Kalimba
GHB practice chanter
Suzuki Bluesmaster D

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In my house we have:
1 piano
1 trumpet
1 cornet
2 guitars
2 b/c accordions
2 piano accordions
2 fiddles (but only one bow?!?)
3 bodhrans (two are more wall hangings than instruments)
4 or 5 fifes
about 12 whistles
about 15 harmonicas
misc small percussion instruments
oh yeah, and (dare I admit this?) 2 shakey eggs.

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Too many:

Me:
3 guitars,
4 mountain dulcimers,
5 flutes (Sweet in D, old Boehm & three Tipples in D & G), handful of cheap pennywhistles in D,
4 recorders
Bodhran (not played)
Small hammer dulcimer (unplayable)

My Husband
5 mandolins (F, Gibson A, Vega Banjolin, old bowl back, gourd mando)
piano
clavichord
consort of harmonicas in every key
3 recorders,
Bugle
Assorted ocarinas and jaw harps
Zampones (Andean pan pipes)

Also lurking in the house are
Washboard & thimbles
Catspaws
Tambourine
Indian rattle
Couple of kazoos
Slide whistle
and yes, some shakey eggs

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Wow, some of you people are out of control! And I even agreed to an instrument non-proliferation treaty with Zina, so I’m having to sell a couple instruments.

Currently:

- 1925 Weymann Orchestra #1 Tenor Banjo
- Fletcher Brock 5 course Bouzouki/Cittern (#17)
- Johnson Octave Mandolin (For Sale)
- Trinity College Bouzouki (Shipped this morning for a buyer trial)
- Bestler P.O.C. Mandolin for running through tunes in front of the TV
- Ovation Celebrity Guitar (beat to hell and never played anymore)
- Assorted junk whistles and flutes

Pete

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For sessions-

my grandfather’s violin
a Howard low whistle
an Oak D whistle
my homemade flute

For GB gigs-
my prized 1987 Fender Strat
Univox bass (P copy)
a pre-CBS Fender Bassman amp
other assorted amps

At home-
my Czech bass, and my kids’ basses
our Vose grand, waiting for me to restore it
my GHB pipes
assorted acoustic guitars, harmonicas, band instruments

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From the last time this came up [In my defense, these things were collected over many years]:

I think this is all. These are divided (unequally) among three people.

3 steel string guitars [okay, now it’s 4]
3 classical guitars
electric guitar
12-string guitar
$15 1957 Stella guitar formerly used as Hawaiian lap steel
2 fiddles
2 mandolins
5-string banjo
2 autoharps
harp
piano
foot-pump reed organ
small standalone keyboard
keyboard controller with outboard modules
small sampling keyboard synth
2 bowed psalterys
3 mbiras
several small ocarinas
unknown number of whistles
unknown number of recorders
unknown number of harmonicas
pan pipes
bamboo flute
“Native American” flute
2 djembes
bodhran
tongue drum
bongo set
tambourine
triangle (for Cajun music)
hammer dulcimer
lap dulcimer
strum stick (dulcimer)
balalaika
zither

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The only instrument I’ll boldly claim competence on is the guitar, but there was a time when I was learning tunes on guitar (fingerstyle/flatpick), clawhammer banjo, mandolin, fiddle and whistle. And, yes, I fell into the trap of using the same tune on more than one instrument (in addition to the obvious fiddle/mandolin interchangeability). Not a good idea. Why learn the same tune two or three (or, sigh, four) times when you could have learned more tunes? Ah, but I was so much older then; I’m younger than that now…

Actually, I guess it was because I didn’t know very many tunes.

Now, I concentrate on fiddle and guitar. Haven’t learned a new tune on anything else in nearly twenty years. And I try to avoid duplication.

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Most of the things on my list are just musical detritus gathering dust and some of them would be more valuable as kindling than as an instrument. I’m trying to sell some of them to finance one or two new ones that I would actually play. But it’s sooooo hard to part with an instrument. The Martin guitar is already on the way out and I really should sell the old Gibson mandolin, since I never play it (mandos bother my wrist), but what if …?

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Here we go
2 fiddles
3 guitars
2 Appalachian dulcimers (one self built)
1 tenor banjo
1 five string banlo
1 fretless banjo
1 bouzouki
1 mandolin
1 cittern (made by Henk De Clou)
1 button accordian (can’t play it very well)
1 bodhran
1 djembe(an ornament,I wouldn’t want to inflict it on anybody)
various harmonicas and tin whistles
1 kazzoo
1 tascam portastudio
1 Laney Acoustic amp
1 Zoom pedal
stomp boxes(tube screamer,phaser,chorus,equaliser)
And I’ve ordered a set of Flemish bagpipes which will be ready at the end of March.Bad news for the neighbours!

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Now for what I currently have:

Wind:
3 Wooden Flutes
4 Plastic Flutes
1 Fife
Too Many Whsitles to Count ( some are for sale talk to me inf interested)
McCallum Highland Pipes (haven’t played them since October)
Highland Hornpipe in D (for sale)
Practice Chanter for the Pipes
Bassoon (for school)

Strings and Accsesiories:
Weymann Tenor Banjo
Viola (which I stole form my Mom)
Ibanez Bass
Ricenbaker Bass Amp
Guild D50 usually tuned to DADGAE or DADF#AE (also stole from my Mom)

Formerly Owned:
Highland Hornpipe in A
A bunch of other Whistles and a couple other Flutes
Kentucky Mandolin (traded for Tenor Banjo)
Johnson Mandolin (traded for previous)
No Name Mexican Mandolin (also traded for the Kentucky)
eBay Fiddle
Hamer Electric Guitar

That is just my stuff that dwells in my Room (except fo the Bass and Amp) my Dad has a bunch of Guitars (acoustic and electric) and one other Bass plus the amps to go with them. My Mom now plays some Drums, My brother has a turn table and also plays the Drums. A couple of other instruments dwell with the assortment of guitars such as a Trumpet and a 5 string Banjo.

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I was going to start off by saying, well _I_ only have my box, but then I realised it’s not true.

1 Generation in D
1 Clarke in D
1 Generation on C
Lots of other Generations and clarkes in various keys ((My Dad’s though) and a Susato Bb
1 BC Box (Yay!)
1 Ibanez RG
1 Tiny Squier amp
1 Steel string Acoustic (with four strings at the moment) tuned GDAD
1 Destroyed drum kit (getting new skins and hi-hat’s soon though)
Hohner Harmonica in C

Also in the House:
My Brother’s Electric Guitar
My Brother’s Amp
My Brother’s Various Effects
My Dad’s Polymer Flute
My Dad’s Aluminium Flute
My Dad’s O’brein High D
My Dad’s Howard Low D
My Dad’s Cheiftan low F
My Dad’s Keyless Grinter Flute
An Electric Piano
2 Cheap Recorders
2 Good Recorders
One on those wooden triangle-shaped things that sound like a train when you blow into it.
Sometimes my uncle’s concertina is around, or one of his mandos or his ‘zouk.
Or one of his guitars.
Or whisltes.
Or his U-Pipes.

We have a room out the back (seperate from the house) specifically for making noise. Mum wanted it most.

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Fiddle, 2nd fiddle, £23 bow, £30 bow; must get better bow when funds permit. Only got my first new case last year.

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At the moment:
half a dozen whistles
one harmonica
two bamboo lotus flutes
a kalimba
a recorder (Hohner,plastic)
two el. bass guitars, one Fender , one Schack
a Cramer acoustic guitar
two fiddles
kid’s percussion
2 amps

There were at least as many instruments I used to have but got rid of.

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- Lowden guitar 035 2001
- Lowden guitar 025c 1994
- Bourgeois guitar Jom 2003
- Aria guitar 1975
- acoustic bass fenix
- Bouzouki Gorla 2000
- banjo 5 strings
- baglama ( turkish saz)
- set of scottish small pipes
- bulgarian pipes gaida ( 2 sets)
- baghet ( North italian pipes)
- gaita ( galician pipes)
- Tunisian pipes
- scottish pipes tutor
- 3 bodhran
- 1 turkish drum bendir
- launeddas ( sardinian triple clarinet ) 3 sets
- cirimia ( kind of small clarinet from baleares)
- ciaramella ( italian folk oboe)
- zukra ( morocco oboe)
- some tin and wood whistles
- jew’s harp
- plastic accordion

maybe something else lost in my house.
Almost everything up listed is playable.
I’m waiting for another custom made guitar ( heard about GAS??)

see you Marco

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I tend to borrow a lot.
Toys are expensive.
On flute and whistle I can play hundreds. There is no other instrument I can play to come even near that. Hence all the rest are toys.
In order of skill:

Hammered dulcimer (I got a medal for playing a polka on it! )
Keyboard
Piano (Very different)
Fiddle
Mandolin
Pan pipes
Recorder
Octarina
Harmonica
Ukeleali (spelling?)
Trombone (I dont really like it tho’)
And once I get that guitar in the closet fixed, I’ll try that too.


and does the kazoo count? I’m not too bad at that
And I can whistle!

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G.A.S. (Gear Acquisition Syndrome) is common. So am I. Presently have two guitars, two fiddles, two amps. An enormously patient wife. All are lovely. As I am not.

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I have a lot of those things, even play some of them, and a wash tub bass for blue grass sessions.

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I have 3 fiddles, 2 are Roths made in Germany, & 1 cheap one
2 Michael Burke’s whistles D and A
7 Susato whistles, E, Eb, F, G, Bb, C, and low D
Irish Harp
I play piano
and sing!
I gave up my uillean pipes

It makes me tired and sore just thinking about all this!

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are there many multi-talented multi-instrumentalists?? frankie gavin and seamus egan given… and mando/banjo crossovers dont count!

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These lists are amazing.

And I was feeling a bit guilty cos I have two mandolins and a banjo, and an old guitar.

I went through that "get bored, pick uo a new instrument" thing when I was young, limited by cash and the fact that I was wandering the world and travelling light.

Now I try to "get better at the one I’m playing and learn more tunes" after seemingly plateauing about 25 years ago

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1. Martin Doyle D flute in African Blackwood (no tuning slide).
2. Martin Doyle D flat flute in African Blackwood with three keys (no tuning slide).
3. Martin Doyle D flat keyless made of native New Zealand Puriri wood (no tuning slide).
4. An old (thought to be pre WW2 at least) cocuswood concert flute (unknown maker) in A 452 pitch.
5. Clarke penny whistle with wooden block in fipple

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Stumbled upon this thread and thought it would be neat to bring it up again:

Instruments I can play:
-A blackwood key-less flute in D
-A couple of tin whistles (mainly used as fingering practice for the flute, I don’t take them to sessions)
-Classical guitar
-1/2 fiddle (as in, I have a fiddle, but it needs a few fixes before it’s playable; also, no bow!)

Instruments I can play *with*:
-A wooden recorder in C
-A medieval oboe
-A highland pipe practice chanter :)

I’ve been very tempted by the bouzouki lately… it could be a good halfway point between a steel stringed guitar (which I don’t really want to get, even though my classical guitar can get funny looks at sessions) and the banjo or mandolin, which I’m really attracted to because of how easily I can play my fiddle tunes on them…