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...
Definition: Italian lute, now popular with celtic musicians. Originally bowl backed, now often has a flat back like a cittern and 8 strings. Introduction: The Mandola (the big brother of the Mandolin), has 8 strings in 4 pairs, tuned in 5ths. The Mandola retains the high-tension stringing but allows lower parts to be played. The Tenor Mandola (or Mandola) is tuned as a Viola, CGDA, one fifth below a mandolin. Octave Mandolas (also known as Octave Mandolins in America) are popular because of their suitability for Acoustic and Celtic music, being tune... Read the full Mandolas FAQ Page.