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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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