Legato Network

Are you looking for an instrument in a new place? Do you have an instrument sitting around, unused?
That's where Legato Network comes in.



What is the mission of Legato Network?

Legato Network aims to create a global community by establishing meaningful connections between musicians and between music lovers. As a first step, Legato Network connects musicians with instruments.

Use cases:
  • If you're travelling or are somewhere without your instrument, Legato Network can help you find one to play on. This could be a shared, public instrument (in a bar, hotel lobby, library, etc.), or one that is privately owned and listed by the owner.
  • If you have an instrument at home that is underused, you can list it on Legato Network to enjoy meeting talented musicians and listening to a great variety of live music at your home. If you wish, you can charge fees for usage of your instrument.

How should I use instruments listed on the site?

We recommend that you approach instruments you find in the wild, whether or not they are already listed on Legato, with care and appreciation. Please be courteous to the venue where the instrument is located, its ambiance, and its owners.

Is it safe?

While we cannot make assurances as to the safety of transactions and the legitimacy of listings, using common sense should provide a decent amount of safety. For example, if you see a listing in a very sketchy location, that might not be legitimate and warrants caution. Similarly, if you're listing your instrument, take care to watch whoever comes to play on it. Legato Network is not responsible for any damages incurred by use of the services.

Do I need to register to be able to use Legato Network?

You can browse Legato Network without registering. If you want to list an instrument or message the owner of an instrument, however, you need to create an account.

Is it free?

Creating an account on Legato Network is completely free of charge. However, some instrument owners might request fees in exchange for permission to play on their instrument.


How do I find a compatible instrument?

First, open the map. Next, pan the map to your location, or enter an address into the box at the top. All available instruments in the area should be visible. Click on an instrument marker to see more details.

How can I narrow my search to a particular type of instrument?

On the map page, start typing the type of the instruments you want to see (e.g. Piano) into the search box. A menu with auto-completed results will appear. Click on the name of the instrument you want to find to display only those instruments. You can then zoom the map by typing an address into the same search box and hitting 'Enter'. To remove the filter and display all instruments again, type in All and click on All in the auto-completed list that appears.


How do I add an instrument?

To add an instrument to Legato Network, fill out the Submit form.

What are these different instrument availability classes?

To submit an instrument, you must choose one of two instrument availability classes: A public instrument or My own instrument. If you know of a piano that is available for use but you don't own it, it is A public instrument. If you own an instrument and wish to list it, it falls under My own instrument.

  • If you find a piano in a bar that people can play on, list it as A public instrument.
  • If you have a piano at home and you want to list it, select My own instrument.

Can I keep my address hidden?

Sure! If you're submitting an instrument in the category My own instrument, simply choose 'Display neighborhood only' in the Availability dropdown box on the Submit page. This will display on your neighborhood, instead of your full address. For example, the address 1 Main Street, New York, NY 10044 would instead be shown as New York, NY 10044. You can later choose to share your full address with specific users who request to play on your instrument.


What should listing text be about?

In listing text, give some general information about this instrument, such as what kind of instrument it is, where it is located, when it is available, and what venue it is in.

Now that I've found a cool instrument, how do I arrange a playing session?

On the listing page, look for a 'message owner' button. If you find it, that means that the instrument has been listed by its owner. To arrange a playing session on such an instrument, click on 'message owner' and send a message to the owner, so that you can arrange a time with the owner via private message. You will get a notification when the owner writes back. If no 'message owner' button exists, the instrument is available for public use and was listed by someone other than its owner. Check the description for availability details, and stop by during the day to see if the instrument is available.


What do these ratings mean?

Ratings are arbitrary measures of instrument quality. When users play on an instrument (other than their own), they are allowed to submit a review to the site. In the review, they select a rating out of 5 stars that represents how they felt about the instrument. A rating of 5 stars represents a great instrument, while a rating of 1 star represents a horrible instrument.

Now that I've played on an instrument, how do I submit a review?

Return to the instrument's listing page and click 'Add a Review'. Fill out the form with details and thoughts about your playing session.

What do I write in a review?

First, rank the instrument out of 5 stars, where 5 stars means 'great' and 1 star means 'horrible'. Next, write a message where you describe why you chose that rating and provide other details about your playing session.

What should review text be about?

In review text, please give your opinion about this instrument, including how playing on it felt, whether the location and owner were hospitable, the quality of the instrument and venue, and other details about your experience. In other words, tell us your story.


How do I check my notifications?

In the navigation bar, after logging in, open the right-hand dropdown with your username and click Notifications.


How do I view conversations?

In the navigation bar, open the Messages dropdown and click Conversations. Next, select a conversation from the list that appears, and the thread of messages will open.

How do I compose a message?

In the navigation bar, open the Messages dropdown and click Compose. Enter your message in the Markdown editor that appears, enter the recipient's username, enter a subject, and send your message.

How do I reply to a message?

Open the message thread from the Conversations screen. Next, scroll to the bottom and type your reply in the Markdown editor. When you're ready, submit it.


How do I contact Legato Network?

Visit our Contact Us page.