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I love music. I play piano, guitar and I played violin, harmonica, flute... all in an amateur way.

I know that animal products have historically been a part of almost all major instruments around: violins use hair horse for their bows, some specific piano keys are made from ivory, drums use leather and so on, so vegan instruments is a great move towards a more respectful world.

Music experts value the sound of instruments and very small sound changes can make a significant difference.

Are there any sound differences between vegan instruments and traditional instruments?

  • This may need to be narrowed down. I know piano keys don't affect the sound (having played both), but that may not be the case for string instruments (e.g. a violin) -- or are you envisioning an answer that lists many possible instruments and the effect of veganizing? – Erica Feb 2 '17 at 19:42
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    @Erica exactly, I would love to know about violin and piano for example, but any other reference would be really appreciated! – I.G. Pascual Feb 2 '17 at 19:44
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    This is a very interesting topic that I never realized was an issue, as a non-music-player. – ecc Feb 3 '17 at 8:57
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    I don't think you want a simple yes or no answer, period. So for example, if I cited a study saying synthetic ivory keys make no difference while synthetic-hair violin bows are profound, I can go on for (literally) hundreds more answers with nuanced discussions about a wide variety of relative performance issues. So apart from "yes" or "no", this question isn't really "answerable" in the context of this site. ("Get answers to practical, detailed questions. Focus on questions about an actual problem you have faced." — The Stack Exchange Tour) – Robert Cartaino Feb 3 '17 at 14:52
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    @RobertCartaino, there could be a great "long list" answer. I feel competent to answer the case for pianos and bowed string instruments, and maybe others can answer for drums. It could become a community wiki. – Turion Feb 3 '17 at 18:34

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