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...
New Manager in Manchester: Stuart Cowley Takes Over Stuart Cowley has joined the Hobgoblin team in Manchester as the new shop manager. He replaces long-serving Ken Thomson who has partially retired, but is still coming in a couple of days each ...read the full story
Definition: Indian Classical stringed instrument (also has Persian links?), modern type has 7 plucked strings and other sympathetic strings (not plucked); fretted with a gourd base; plectrum (misrab) can be used. There is a simple three string version called Setar in Iran.
Introduction: The Sitar is a long necked lute with a large pumpkin gourd body. There are either one or two smaller gourds on the head of the instrument. The second gourd is more for balance than for resonance. It is India's principal solo melody instrument and has seven metal strings. Beneath the fretted stings there are eleven or so sympathetic strings which are tuned to resonate to the particular mode being p... Read the full Other Fretted Instruments FAQ Page.