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Not the highest nor the lowest
With letters on my chest
I often play with others
Some may think I am the best

I usually feel tension
But I think that keeps me straight
I shout out loud and bold
And it's that shout that makes me great

My master and I are best of friends
And our friendship keeps improving
My friends and I unite as one
And that helps keep things moving

Who am I?

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A cello or viola?

Not the highest nor the lowest
With letters on my chest

Thanks to d'alar'cop for helping me with these two lines!

A cello and viola are between the violin (highest) and the double bass (lowest). Both cellos and violas have what look like letter S's printed on their middles.

I often play with others

One of many instruments in an orchestra.

Some may think I am the best

The first violin maybe?

I usually feel tension
But I think that keeps me straight

The strings on a stringed instrument are under tension, which keeps them taut and straight.

I shout out loud and bold
And it's that shout that makes me great

The sound emitted by a musical instrument is what it's made for.

My master and I are best of friends
And our friendship keeps improving

A musician and his instrument can have a strong bond.

My friends and I unite as one
And that helps keep things moving

The sound of many instruments playing together in an orchestra can indeed be deeply moving.

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    $\begingroup$ Maybe it's a cello. Violin is higher... Bass is lower. Letters could be those little Ss or the musical notes? $\endgroup$ – d'alar'cop Mar 23 '15 at 23:49
  • $\begingroup$ @d'alar'cop Is a viola between violin and cello? My musical ignorance is showing up strongly here :-p $\endgroup$ – Rand al'Thor Mar 23 '15 at 23:52
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    $\begingroup$ Violin is highest. Double bass is lowest. Cello and viola are in between $\endgroup$ – d'alar'cop Mar 23 '15 at 23:52
  • $\begingroup$ @d'alar'cop OK, thanks for the info! I'll edit my answer. $\endgroup$ – Rand al'Thor Mar 23 '15 at 23:55
  • $\begingroup$ Seconding the 'S' suggestion for letters on my chest. $\endgroup$ – QuestionC Mar 24 '15 at 0:01

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