Hobgoblin offers you a unique range of unusual and exciting acoustic and folk instruments from all over the world at great prices. Every item has been chosen to give the best quality at each price level. So give us a call, buy here online, or visit one of our music shops, and we’ll do our best to help you find the instrument you want. You pay the same price whether you buy online or in our shops, we don't add charges for paying by card.
* To give beginners a chance to take up a folk instrument, as well as to provide the best for those who already play.
* To encourage people to discover and enjoy their own musical heritage & all types of folk music now played in these islands.
* To help keep music live, by making real acoustic instruments widely available at affordable prices, and sponsoring live events.
* To encourage people to make music themselves, by taking up a musical instrument. You are never too young or too old to start!
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Hobgoblin Music was founded in 1976 by Mannie and Pete McClelland while searching for a concertina for her to play. Many other interesting instruments came to light and the search grew into a business as they discovered they were not the only ones who wanted to buy folk instruments, but couldn’t find any. read more...
Don't Stop the Music: Hobgoblin backs petition for more music in schools Concert pianist James Rhodes has started a petition for better music education in schools. He has observed that there is a significant lack of funding being supplied to music in schools and has ...read the full story
Definition: 4 stringed guitar-like plucked instrument from China with a pear shaped body. In the literature as far back as 2000BC. The name refers to the forward and back picking technique. Introduction: The Pipa is a Chinese lute with four stings which can be tuned to GDAE. The body is pear shaped with scalloped frets and a shallow carved bowl back. Like a lute the frets continue over the body of the instrument. Fingerpicks are usually used, and the instrument is held verticaly in the lap. Read the full Other Fretted Instruments FAQ Page.