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R' Eliezer Melamed discusses this in the Zmanim volume of פניני הלכה. He writes that the generally accepted approach to all of the minhagim of avielut of the omer is to be lenient with those things which would actually reduce the simcha of the day. For example, forbidding music and dancing would reduce the simcha so those are muttar but not allowing ...


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Rav Yehuda Leib Maimon discusses this question here. The earliest explicit source he finds is in Chemdas Yamim (he acknowledges the controversy around this sefer but indicates his defense of the work), who simultaneously mentions a "wide spread" custom to use musical instruments for Kabbalas Shabbos. He finds no corroboration for the latter custom, but ...



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