EDIT: !!!! Energeticelephant, YOU PLAY TROMBONE?! YES!
I have a cheapie Fender Stratocaster, a dreadnaught Crafters acoustic, a Gagliardi BB5 F-valve trombone, and my parents own the piano I play. I also play bass (stand-up and electric), tuba, and baritone/euphonium. However, I don't have the money to get a bass, and a euphonium or tuba would be useless in my current situation, since I don't have access to music for them...
My story, I guess:
The way I got into music was almost purely accidental. When I was home alone during the summer, in elementary school, I would turn on our radio and sit at the piano, slowly but surely picking out the melody of the chorus. Most of the time, I would get it completely right by the end of the song. My mom would come home for lunch and just watch me do this, and eventually she found a reliable piano teacher and forced
me (with what little coercion it took) to learn piano.
Then my sister joined band, and she played the clarinet. Well, of course, I WANTED TO PLAY THE CLARINET! However, when it came time to try out for instruments, I sucked at playing clarinet... a lot. The trombone, on the other hand, I could play very loudly, so I went with that. :laughing:
Guitar was actually my own doing. My mom bought a cheapie acoustic, and I just wanted to learn it, so I got a cheapie electric, found a teacher, and started learning. I eventually "upgraded" to the Fender I have now, however much you can call that an upgrade without flinching depends on your love of guitars.
That brings us back to inadverntantly learning instruments again. Our orchestra teacher realized she wouldn't have basses next year, and needed "an intelligent, talented man" to learn bass for her. I walked away and told her I'd get somebody, but she said she needed me; go figure. I took lessons from her the following summer and started playing right away.
Euphonium came about due to a similar situation where my band teacher realized that she didn't want the baritones/euphoniums available next year to make it to symphonic (We have concert and symphonic, symphonic being the better of the two.) because, honestly, they were horrible. She gave me some scales and basic music at the beginning of the year, and I had learned it well enough to make symphonic when "concert season" started.
I learned tuba because of pep band, to be honest. They do this awesome tuba slide across the stage during one of the solos, and IT ROCKS. However, I learned tuba slide+dress pants+gym floor = ripped pair of $40 pants. DON'T DO THIS. Always practice pants safety when doing the tuba slide! WEAR JEANS.
/rantstory (If you read this far, I love you. <3)