As a long time bard player I would like to rant once again against playing the lute. I play bagpipes in life and I want my bards to play the pipes. While D&D is not based in this world
It is a way back when game. So why the lute? The pipes are much older, some shepherd in the east. Most likely modern day Turkey attached his flute to a sheep stomach as an
air reservoir so his flute could sound even while he took a breath.
A bit more pipe history the Roman Army first marshaled them and brought them to Europe, since the pipes have been used to inspire armies to victory, Over a 1000 pipers died during WWI
So devs allow my bards to be pipers and lute guitar heros