Violin masters like Stradivari and Guarneri might have designed their instruments to sound like a singing voice.
The Triolin is an instrument so difficult to master, you have to hold it, and play it, backwards. With two other people.
At first glance, most of these pictures appear to be of some beautiful wood paneled room, but then you realize that they are actually close up shots taken inside orchestral instruments like violins and flutes.
Just as sharks are genetically designed to never stop swimming and hunting, the modern guitar form is still the perfect shape to allow you to fully exploit your music machismo. But that doesn't mean we can't improve upon the instrument with some tech steroids.
Pianos are famously bulky instruments, and a real pain to move easily. Not so with this flat-pack piano, however. It folds up flat.
Whether you love it or hate, for many the iPad is now the default tablet for all but the most diehard Android fans. Now one music instrument company wants to make it part of your default music studio set-up.
Some things move so fast that we have no idea what they actually look like in motion. Cymbals, for example. Did you know they wobble around like a pancake when hit?
Columbian sculptor César López's specialty is creating custom guitars out of decommissioned guns, such as AK-47s. It's a comment on the drug war in South America, sure, but I'll be he always gets a standing ovation, too.
The beloved modern piano is a timeless instrument that's existed since the 18th century and its prodigal children Mozart and Beethoven have blessed the world for centuries, but it's time for an upgrade. Introducing the Airpiano, a buttonless keyboard that uses eight infrared proximity sensors to crank out melodic tunes.
One of the coolest things shown off at the iPad 2 press conference earlier this week was the new GarageBand app for iTunes. It boasted being able to record instruments directly to the tablet. But you'll need this Apogee JAM to do it.