The 5 largest instruments ever...

Published on 25th November 2013

Here are some very, very large instruments for you to enjoy. They can all be played, although some would need a small army to perform anything feasible. Check out the best below.  

1) World's Largest Single Drum In July of last year the local government of Yeong Dong-Gun in South Korea obliterated the previous record of the largest single drum with a 18-foot-diameter, 20-foot-long traditional Cheon-Go drum. The drum is currently a fixed installation at a local music institute, as its weight of seven metric tons makes it fairly difficult to appear at parades or football games.  

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2) World's Largest Drum Kit Containing 90 drums, 80 cymbals, the world’s largest custom-designed symphonic gong, and a total of over 500 pieces, the drum kit of Rev. Dr. Mark Temperato is so absurdly large and powerful that it is somewhat dangerous to play.

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3) World's Largest Brass/Woodwind Instrument This beast stands at a height of between six and seven feet tall - weighing around 45 pounds. Only thirty of these super-saxes were built over the past eighty or so years, but resurgence of interest in the instrument has lead to some new production. 

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4) World's Largest Playable Guitar (technically..) On the atrium floor of Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Science center lies a 43.5-foot-long Gibson Flying V. Unfortunately, nobody has figured out how to play anything coherent on it, which would require a tightly coordinated team of people with alot of time on their hands.

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5) World's Largest String Instrument The Earth Harp is a set of two portable steel structures that are connected by twelve custom-built metal cables of a thousand feet in length, created by William Close. The first Earth Harp performance in 1999 spanned a small valley between two mountains, but subsequent performances have taken place in all sorts of landscapes: canyons, cityscapes, and the flat desert of the Burning Man festival.

                    

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