Do you play any musical instruments?

Do you play any musical instruments?
11% (25 votes)
Guitar/bass guitar
30% (67 votes)
8% (18 votes)
Violin, cello, other strings
3% (6 votes)
4% (8 votes)
4% (9 votes)
6% (14 votes)
0% (0 votes)
Other (please specify)
6% (14 votes)
28% (62 votes)
Total votes: 223

Audio wisdom holds that musicians tend to neglect their stereo systems. But we're wondering how many of <I>Stereophile</I>'s readers play music themselves, both for fun and professionally.

Robert Clemens's picture

I've been a professional musician for 15 years, with a very active performance schedule. My job keeps me hopping from one acoustic setting to another. Some venues sound like Mammoth Cave, others sound like cotton-lined shoeboxes. They all have one thing in common: I always hear the music from the stage. This is a dual-edged sword; I get the supreme pleasure of participating in the creative process, but I never get to hear the final product from the proper vantage point (the audience's). I rarely have time to attend concerts or jazz performances, so I live for those spare moments spent in "the sweet spot." Thanks to the good advice I've received from Stereophile, I've assembled a system (on a very tight budget) that provides a decent facsimile of a live setting. Perhaps when I retire (yeah, right) I'll spend more time listening to the "real thing" . . . until then, I'll rely on you guys to help me out at home. Thanx!

Aaron Young's picture


QS's picture

Why am I only allowed to check one box? I play piano, violin, and cello (some better than others).'s picture

I tried the bagpipes a few years ago, but no good. Same with the guitar as a teenager. I guess I don't have a talent for musical instruments. But that doesn't get to me like it used to. Of the musicians I have known, all have had terrible stereos---even the ones you read about in audio magazines, ones I have looked up to because their albums had great sound. They turn out to have real dogs of systems (stuff you wouldn't let your old grand listen to)---real ear-bleeders. I've gotten to think it's better to be able to hear well (golden ears) than to be able to play an instrument. After all, look how many play, and how few play well.

Joe Scalone's picture

I play tuba as a main instrument, bass and Latin percussion as second instruments. I also record and engineer music.

Andrew Bacon's picture

I (my parents) gave piano a shot when I was 9. I quit when I was 11. When asked if I play an instrument, I say, "Yes, my stereo."

Bard-Alan Finlan's picture

Professional choral conductor & church musician for over 20 years.

Emmanuel B.  Fonte's picture

There was no choice for "Various": trombone, piano, drums, vocal. I have the greatest job: directing choirs & an orchestra. Unlike many musicians, I have a high-end system consisting of Thiel, Madrigal, Classé, MIT.

Federico Cribiore's picture

I used to play; now I engineer. Once I realized that I appreciated "good" music more than "my" music, the choice was a no-brainer!

Bernie Sawickis's picture

Air Guitar

Anonymous's picture

had i any musical ability beyond auditory i most certainly would.

Harvey B.'s picture

I have two left feet, can't keep a beat, don't sing in the shower, and can't even hum in tune, but do I ever love my music! My wife can't figure it out .

Bryan's picture

Does air guitar count? I play a pretty mean one.

M.  Andres's picture

I also play the guitar.I have noticed that the vast majority of musicians that I met had very poor audio systems. I'm sure part of the reason for this is either a lack of funds or perhaps they are spending most of their money on their instruments. I always found that hearing recordings through a good sound system allowed me to hear what was really being played, which was not always easily heard on lesser sytems.

The Boogieman's picture

I've played French Horn for 27 years, both for fun and professionally . . . and I don't neglect my stereo. It sucks up ALL disposable income, heh-heh-heh, and some that isn't disposable. :-)

Lilian Chan's picture

Since I don't play any instruments, I get my kicks by going to concerts and---ta-daaa---listening to high-end audio.

ric's picture

you can break a little wind over the reeds of a harp even in the bathtub.

David Mitchell's picture

Guitar AND drums, actually. Oh, and occasionally a bit of piano or keyboard. Why did you only let us "choose one"?

KARL SCOTT's picture


Cliff Comeau's picture

Also clarinet

Peter Randell's picture

Trouser Trumpet

Bishop's picture

If I had any God-given talent, I wouldn't spend so much on stereo trash...

Nicholas Wybolt's picture

Therapy. Pure therapy.

Rusli's picture

NO. Can't even blow a trumpet and my fingers bleed when I strum a guitar. Piano lessons were of course unaffordable; what more to buy a piano! No. No instrument playing for me, thank you.'s picture

Although sound quality is important to me, when I was in graduate school, most of my music proffesors had Webcor phonographs explaining that they can fill in the rest.

Hoovenson Haw's picture

I can whistle. Does that count?

Leonard Dowsett.'s picture

It`s true,most musos I know care little about the sound of their gear,and are more into the music.

Scott Bodine's picture

Fretless bass

Richard Lucero's picture

I play upright and electric basses, and when I heard the Dunlavy SC-IVs, it was damn close to the real thing. I of course purchased the SC-IVs, and a pair of SC-Is for the bedroom. When the band comes over to my house to rehearse, we spend most of our time listening to music instead of rehearsing for our gigs. My Dunlavy HRCC (new center channel) is on order. Some musician really do have an appreciation for high-end gear, but most don't. Well, time to go change the CD in the Theta Voyager.

David Morse's picture

Though I am a piano player, I think it is even more important for audiophiles to listen to alot of live music.