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I have a player who is starting a Bard in a new 4e game. He (and I) were wondering which musical instruments could be used in place of a wand. I found this passage:

Songblades and some magic musical instruments can be used as implements for bard powers and bard paragon path powers. Bards treasure these magic musical instruments not only for the power they offer, but for the wondrous melodies they produce in the hands of a skilled musician.

However it doesn't clarify which musical instruments. Just looking for some clarification - thanks!

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Most of the musical instrument magic items are flutes, lutes, harps, horns, lyres, sitars, mandolins, bandores and drums. They are usually listed under wondrous items and will clearly say that a bard can use them as an implement and how they are used as such. You can find them in the PHB2.

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If you go through the PHB2 in the list of magical instruments only the string instruments have the property listed as being able to be used by bards as implements

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