In an attempt to put the answer to this question to a vote, New Scientist asked a panel of experts to choose the best instruments in the world.
The winners are: The Stradivarius (left), the French horn, and the violin.
The other contenders are the viola, flute, cello, piano, cellos and drums.
The judges also picked a set of six musical instruments from the best performing symphony orchestras in the western world, the National Symphony Orchestra in the US, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra and the Vienna Philharmonia.
The panel was comprised of music industry insiders and musicologists from the UK and Australia.
The results are listed in our interactive map below.
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