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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!
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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...
Selected from our Instrument FAQ

HARMONICA

   
Definition: The first of the modern European free reed instruments. a block of 10 or more double sided reeds, mouth blown. diatonic scale.

Introduction: Blues Harmonicas have 10 holes with a single reed per note, which should be easy to bend. Tremolo models have 2 reeds per note, not designed to bend so easily, usually 24 double holes (making 48). The tremolo models are the ones used for traditional music in Britain and Ireland. Chromatic models usually have 10 or 12 holes, with a slider to provide all the semitones, similar to a B/C melodeon.
Read our Harmonicas FAQ Page or go to the Hobgoblin Instrument Info and FAQ Menu.