British singer and "song collector" Sam Lee. Frederic Aranda /Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Large Professor at an event in New York City in April, 2013. Cindy Ord/Getty Images hide caption

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To create his album Tangier Sessions, Sir Richard Bishop had to learn to love a mysterious and temperamental acoustic guitar. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Circa 1974: a photo of Vic Firth, the former principal timpanist of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and a leader among percussion equipment manufacturers. Milton Feinberg/Courtesy of the Boston Symphony hide caption

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