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Our 40th Anniversary full colour printed Catalogue is now available! We offer 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, our staff are friendly and well informed. You pay the same price whether you buy online or in our shops. We do trade-ins, part exchange, appraisals and buy instruments for cash.

  • 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!
Read our Aims in Full
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...
Yiannis directs Operation Stack
(the musical, not the M20!)
Some of you may know that Yiannis has recently cut down his days in the Canterbury branch from 3 to 2. One of the reasons behind this is that he is now a musical director at the Marlowe Theatre in ...read the full story

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MANDOCELLO

   
Definition: Large mandola tuned CGDA one octave below normal.
Introduction: Mandocello and Mandobass

The Mandocello is tuned CGDA one octave below the Mandola (however most of them will stand being tuned in GDAE like a bouzouki, using lighter strings). The Mando Bass is a rare beast, but the examples we have had have been tuned the same as a String Bass EADG
Read our Mandolas FAQ Page or go to the Hobgoblin Instrument Info and FAQ Menu.

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