I love early music and instruments, but I also have other musical interests. I enjoy serious, formal music as well as unusual experimental varieties. If you have visited my other blogs, you are likely aware of my interest in composing microtonal music. This certainly relates to early music and the history of tuning, but it goes well beyond it.
I mention all this because there is an excellent web site that goes a long way towards satisfying my curiosity about the unusual in music. Odd Music features a large virtual gallery of unusual instruments, including photographs and sound samples.
In addition to a lot of newer, experimental instruments, there are some more ancient instruments that may be familiar to early music fans. You may enjoy the pages on the serpent, shakuhachi, LEGO harpsichord, glass armonica, bandura, balalaika, aeolian harp, and bonang.
If this isn't enough to pique your interest, then maybe this video will get the job done.
Odd Music can keep you busy for hours. I hope you have fun, just don't have too much fun and forget to come back and visit me again.