I love instruments like the piano, violin, and guitar, but I think I have a particular fondness for the Asian zither. To me, they sound so beautiful and bittersweet. The instruments gives off a very nostalgia feeling for me when I'm listening to it...
and god help you if you are an ugly girl
course too pretty is also your doom
cause everyone harbors a secret hatred
for the prettiest girl in the room
and god help you if you are a pheonix
and you dare to rise up from the ash
a thousand eyes will smolder with jealousy
while you are just flying back
- 32 Colors by Ani DiFranco
My violin is my best instrument, and so also my favorite even though I humiliate it by playing it like a fiddle.
It's a Lewis student model, but it's got a solid spruce top (the current student models have plywood tops), and I've been playing it for over 30 years now. The steady use has mellowed the sound somewhat, and good strings make a world of difference.