I'm more than sure that this question has been asked many times before, but I cannot seem to find it..
I'm playing a Half Elf Valorious Bard lvling to 14 and have a feat to choose, my implement of choice is Rhythmic War Drums. My DM has houseruled this to be just one drum (Djembe), and I had taken Implement Expertise (instrument) at lvl 4, which the Character Builder recognizes. I realize that I'm not getting all of the benefits possible; I am missing a power bonus, and a proficiency bonus... wondering why there isn't a stated sentence where Bards automatically get an Instrument Proficiency or at least a feat that should go with it. Trying to find a feat that has a proficiency bonus to instrument as an implement has proven fruitless---- Arcane Implement Proficiency doesn't list any instruments. Is my problem understood, and I'm just not understanding this (and the bonus is just unseen)? Or do you realize this too? Without the proficiency feat, using an instrument is less effecient than a wand... as a bard, that's pretty, well, illogical (Stupid, really).