Sitting here thinking about it, I seem to recall the devs saying there were all kinds of issues with bards equiping musical instruments. I am not sure I buy that. If fact, I know I don't. Here's why. The main mechanics are already in the game. Spellbooks. And you can't tell me it's that hard to place the graphic of a lute, flute, ect (maybe the really big instruments I can see there being an issue with, but not the normal ones) on the paper doll. The effect of not acting like a weapon is already there with spellbooks. And then, you can give the instruments traits similar to spell books. You could even go so far as to just copy the spellbook code and just reskin it (like has been done over and over and over). So, again... what is the issue?