Celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Sad Instrument

In a new series, The Sport Bible, we look back at the greats of American music.

As we get into our 25th year of The Sport, let’s revisit some of the most popular instruments, albums and artists of our time. 


The Sad Instrument  (1925) The Sad Instrument was an instrumental by Johann Sebastian Bach.

The music was a mix of popular songs such as “Daughter of God” and “L’amour” and a few other folk tunes.

The instrument was created by a composer and his brother, Johannes Sebastian, and recorded by the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra.

The two brothers recorded an album of Bach’s music that was never released. 

Bach died in 1924 and the instrument was sold off for $25,000 in 1934. 


Soprano Alto (1930) Sophisticated by now, the Soprano Alto is a guitar that was created in the late 1930s for the German Bergström Orchestra.

This guitar is a modified Gibson ES-335 that is also used for some of Sydney’s top brass, including Paul Whitaker, Lydia Wilson, Robert Hunter and Bethan Mankiewicz. 


Trombone (1959) Tramones, a jazz band from New York, was the first to make a successful commercial solo career in the 1960s and early 70s.

In the late 1960s, the band was touring around the country with singer/guitarist Mike Binder, who was a former member of The Band.

Binder’s solo debut, “Trombones”, was released in 1959. 


Baritone Bass (1969) Baroque instruments that feature a bow, a flute, and other instruments were popular in the 1950s, 60s and 70s, including the electric bass, flute and clarinet.

The electric bass was a major musical innovation in the early 1960s.

It was created and made popular by Bob Dylan, who used it in his Lonesome River song, “I Saw Her Standing on a Bridge”. 5. 

Piano (1970) This is a relatively new instrument, but it is often seen in concert halls.

The viola, trombone, piano and bass are all electric instruments, but the viola was invented by violinist Maurice Ravel in 1883. 


Stringed Bass  (1971) It’s not often you hear a stringed bass, but for those who do, it’s a very important instrument.

It is the most important instrument in American music, so many people learn how to play it at the beginning of their careers. 


Tenor Saxophone (1974) Tenors were popular at the time, especially among young people in the US, so it’s no surprise that they were popular.

Tenor saxophones are the most common instrument in concert hall halls. 


Violin (1975) Violins were introduced in the 19th century.

They were used to create the sounds of the violins of the time.

Today, violins are more popular than the tenor saxophone. 9. 

Flute (1978) Flutes were invented by William Haydn in the 15th century, and were also popular among European musicians.

Flutes were a major player in American popular music from the late 19th to the early 20th century and in many countries, including Germany, France, Italy, and the US. 10. Saxophone  Singing on a string is a common theme in American pop music, from the likes of Madonna to the Beatles. 


Cello (1979) Celsacs are popular in concert settings.

They are small, lightweight, and cheap.

They can be used in both solo and group settings, and they are great for making music together. 


Guitar (1980) Grammys have been awarded to musicians who have produced music with guitars, which are often used in concert venues. 


Fiddle (1983) Fiddlers are a type of instrumentalist.

They use a fingerboard, often with a fluting, as well as other instruments to produce music. 


Banjo (1986) Banjos are a popular instrument in rock music.

They have been used for decades to create pop music.

Banjos were also used in many bands during the 1960’s and 1970’s, including The Beatles, The Who, Led Zeppelin, and The Rolling Stones. 


Trumpet (1991) Trumpets are a traditional