Research on wind instruments and on their music is a main focus of the Klingendes Museum, as well as conservation, presentation and communication.

The instruments and objects are available for study and research, and in such context some may be played.

The collection itself is the topic of Adrian v. Steiger's dissertation: Die Instrumentensammlung Burri. Hintergründe und Herausforderungen. Bern, 2013. The book discusses the collection and selected instruments as well as the dilemma of playing historical wind instruments. Further publications by v. Steiger discuss materiality, history and repertoire of historical wind instruments.

An entire set of projects of the Research Institute Interpretation of the Bern University of the Arts (HKB) is based on instruments of the collection. A number of instruments have been bought for these projects and are now in the playing collection on loan: