This is a question that popped in my mind, but the funny thing is, I couldn't think of a lot of instruments that played during the Western Saloon period.

Here's all I can think of:

  • Upright Piano (out of tune)
  • Accordion
  • Harmonica
  • Clarinet (not sure)

What other instruments played during this time period?

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    "(out of tune)"-- The most important part. Aug 3, 2017 at 16:18
  • Don’t forget the tack piano (thumbtacks in the hammers). Classic sound. Our college had one for film scoring class. Nov 15, 2018 at 7:56
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    Put that time period in terms of years. It will affect what kind of accordion existed.
    – Theodore
    Sep 22, 2022 at 21:18
  • @RichardBarber isn't that a bit of a cliché though? Saloons would more likely have had just badly maintained pianos – which may in some cases have sounded a bit like tack- or honky tonk pianos, but hardly on purpose. Jan 13, 2023 at 17:14
  • @leftaroundabout not only did saloons need and have tack pianos from the late 19th century, regular uprights could be fitted with a moveable sheet with brass tack heads. Jan 14, 2023 at 2:51

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To add to your list:

  • Upright Piano
  • Accordion
  • Harmonica
  • Acoustic Guitar
  • Banjo
  • Violin (Fiddle)
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    Any source would be interesting; what strikes me is the absence of anything in direction of percussion as at least belt with bells?
    – guidot
    Jan 13, 2023 at 10:53

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