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Instruments are the primary way which all players learn and use the performance skill. While some can be played alone, many others require a tool in order to use correctly. Ownership of an instrument can also allow a user to practice the appraisal skill by utilizing the ASSESS command to see greater details about it. While only Bards and Traders are able to get all the information about an instrument through ASSESS, any member of any guild can get basic knowledge.

In addition to the ASSESS command, all instruments are able to be used with the RECALL system. Use of RECALL does not grant any experience in any skill, but does provide players with a simple way to find out more about the instrument itself like typical construction, how it is sounds when played, if there are any racial associations, and what tool it is generally played with. Here is a list of Instrument recalls.

Clerics and Paladins can gain devotion or soul state respectively by flawlessly playing a psalm or hymn for an Immortal in a holy place.

Bards and non-Bards of sufficient skill can increase the spirit regeneration of all those in the room by flawlessly playing a minuet (or higher) on any percussion instrument.

Training

The best experience per time ratio is achieved by finding an instrument/song combination that is played "with only the slightest hint of difficulty."

Instrument Quality

Instruments come in a variety of different quality levels. This currently does not impact anything beyond the amount the instrument is worth. However, higher value instruments can give more experience when APPRAISED and ASSESSED. Bards see this information in both ASSESS and APPRAISE. Non-Bards only see this in ASSESS

Note: In addition to the normal instrument quality ranges, there are some irregular quality ranges. These are mostly due to instrument alterations.
For example, if your instrument was originally finely made and then you had it altered by a merchant in a special way to go down in quality, it might end up looking very crudely made, and was once finely made.
Order Quality
1 very crudely made
2 very poorly made
3 very poorly made, but well cared-for
4 is of average quality
5 is of good quality
6 is finely made
7 is very finely made
8 is created with exquisite craftmanship
9 is created with masterful craftmanship

Stringed Instruments

They are the creation of the goddess Faenella.

Stringed instruments produce sound when tautly-drawn strings are plucked, bowed or strummed, causing them to vibrate. This class of instruments includes zithers and lyres (strummed), fiddles and violins (bowed) and harps (plucked).

Stringed instruments range in size from 10 to 50 stones and can have anywhere from 4 to 24 strings. Some require a pick or a bow in order to be played and all stringed instruments require tuning as the strings gradually lose tension due to inactivity.

In addition to a number of hand-held and portable stringed instruments, there are also some stand-alone instruments (such as harpsichords and cellos) available for playing across Elanthia.


Stringed instruments include

  • aeolian harp
  • angle harp
  • bagana
  • balalaika
  • bandoura
  • bouzouki
  • bow harp
  • cistre
  • cittern
  • cobza
  • concert zither
  • crwth
  • cythara anglica
  • faenellica
  • fiddle
  • folk lute
  • gittern
  • guti'adar
  • harpsichord
  • kelsa
  • khurmary
  • kithara
  • komungo
  • lap harp
  • lira
  • lute
  • lyra
  • lyre
  • mandolin
  • mayuri
  • nehpar'i
  • psaltery
  • pyi-pya
  • ramkie
  • rebec
  • simple angle harp
  • sitar
  • sra'ajhh
  • tallharpa
  • tambura
  • uti
  • valiha
  • viol
  • viola
  • violin

Note: This list is compiled from the Instruments chapter in songbooks. It is not a comprehensive list of all instruments in the game, but rather a list of the general templates available.

Stringed Instruments By Difficulty (Easiest to Hardest)

From this post.

Versions

ItemSource isRare itemIs incomplete
Avodire violincello painted with tiny pivuhMusiceum (3)true
Birch lap harpHeavenly Harmonies (1)Heavenly Harmonies (2)true
Burlwood crwthPrison Riot: The Aftermathtrue
Cherrywood rebec inlaid with intricate cambrinth knotworkDark Symphony (2)true
Child's cedar angle harpHeavenly Harmonies (1)Heavenly Harmonies (2)true
Child's ebonwood angle harpHeavenly Harmonies (1)Heavenly Harmonies (2)true
Child's ebonwood angle harp painted with strawberries and silver-edged white blossomsHeavenly Harmonies (1)Heavenly Harmonies (2)true
Child's golden oak angle harpHeavenly Harmonies (1)Heavenly Harmonies (2)true
Child's golden oak angle harp carved with diminutive fae resting beneath mushroomsHeavenly Harmonies (1)Heavenly Harmonies (2)true
Child's ironwood angle harpHeavenly Harmonies (1)Heavenly Harmonies (2)true
... further results

Percussion Instruments

These instruments were created by the god Idon.

Percussion instruments are played by striking, scraping or shaking them. Some require special tools such as tippers to play, while others are simple enough to play in one hand. Similarly, some have skins that require tuning and can be broken, necessitating replacement before playing again.

Some instruments require tools to be played, ie: bodhrans require a tipper, drums require sticks, and other instruments may require a hammer.


Percussion instruments include

  • bodhran
  • bones
  • castanets
  • claves
  • damaru
  • doumbec
  • drum
  • gansa gambang
  • gourd rattle
  • naqqara
  • shaman's drum
  • shekere
  • shell castanets
  • spoons
  • steel drum - second pan
  • stone castanets
  • tabla
  • tambourine/darje
  • tapani
  • wooden scraper
  • zills

Note: This list is compiled from the Instruments chapter in songbooks. It is not a comprehensive list of all instruments in the game, but rather a list of the general templates available.

Percussion Instruments by Difficulty (Easiest to Hardest)

From this post.

Versions

ItemSource isRare itemIs incomplete
Amber-tipped drake bonesPerfect Percussion (3)true
Aoustone-inlaid zingana kalungu with treasureweave tension cordsHollow Eve Festival 417 AuctionMusiceum (3)true
Black ironwood bones inlaid with a gracefully curving band of tiny silver starsNytingale's Instruments (10)Nytingale's Instruments (9)true
Black ironwood tapani inlaid with ivory knotwork chainsS'hhtrkith's Instrumentstrue
BodhranMalik the True BardTrue Bard D'Ortruetrue
BonesMalik the True BardTall Human PeddlerTrue Bard D'Ortrue
Brass tabla chased with an overall knotwork patternLatanaara's Musical Wonderstrue
Brightly painted doumbec strung with dozens of crystal beads and feathersImaginative Instrumentstrue
Bronze temple drumNytingale's Instruments (9)true
Brown desumos hide doumbecPerfect Percussion (1)true
... further results

Wind Instruments

The goddess Murrula is credited with creating these instruments.

Wind instruments are played by blowing air over, through or into them sometimes mechanically. Wind instruments require no special tools or tuning to play. In general, wind instruments can be cleaned without a rag or cloth. Some are simple enough to play in one hand, and some require tuning.


Wind instruments include

  • bass shawm
  • bladder pipe
  • candy whistle
  • cane flute
  • carnyx
  • chalumeaux
  • clay whistle
  • concertina
  • cornamuse
  • cornet
  • cornett
  • cornu
  • didjeridu
  • fife
  • flute
  • gemshorn
  • hichiriki
  • horn
  • jug
  • minjayrah
  • mirliton
  • mitbiq
  • oboe
  • ocarina
  • recorder
  • s'hintu
  • sackbut
  • serpent
  • shakuhachi
  • shell horn
  • shintu
  • side-blown flute
  • syrinx
  • txistu
  • walking stick flute
  • whistle
  • yarghul
  • zurla

Note: This list is compiled from the Instruments chapter in songbooks. It is not a comprehensive list of all instruments in the game, but rather a list of the general templates available.

Wind Instruments by Difficulty (Easiest to Hardest)

From this post.

Versions

ItemSource isRare itemIs incomplete
Bagpipes with a black bast bag and polished smokewood pipesPremium rafflestrue
Bagpipes with a black cire bag and polished glitvire pipesMusiceum (1)true
Bagpipes with a plaid bag and polished blackwood pipesDrones and Drumstrue
Bagpipes with a plaid bag and polished pine pipesDrones and Drumstrue
Bagpipes with plaid bags and polished ebony pipesRose of the Theatertrue
Bagpipes with plaid bags and polished oak pipesRose of the Theatertrue
Bagpipes with plaid bags and polished rosewood pipesRose of the Theatertrue
Bamboo didjeridu painted with images of horsesJahtinit's Cornertrue
Bamboo flute painted with a pattern of blue wavesBamboo Hut (3)true
Beautifully polished platinum flute set with tiny star-shaped diamonds in each keyIncomparable Instrumentstrue
... further results


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Notes

Xylophone or zills will take you to ~500 ranks.