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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...
Calling all Ukulele Players
The Richard Durrant Orchestra needs you!
Richard Durrant’s Six Grooves For Ukulele is being performed at the Hawth in Crawley on Saturday 21st April. An integral part of the performance is the group of community ukulele players. We need a ...read the full story

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ZITHER

   
Definition: The family name of all instruments which have strings stretched across a box. Popular in central Europe, In addition to the melody strings, the Concert Zither has a guitar type fretboard (similar to the epinette des vosges), and other models have strings grouped together in chords.
Introduction: All of the instruments in the zither family have a flat soundboard with strings stretched across. All the dulcimers are part of this family too. The autoharp is the most popular zither these days, as it is very easy to play and good to sing with. The Hammered Dulcimer is traditionally played across the British Isles, and variations are found all over the world from the Santoor to the Cymbalom.
Read our Autoharps, Zithers & Dulcimers FAQ Page or go to the Hobgoblin Instrument Info and FAQ Menu.

A SELECTION OF OUR BEST BRANDS

Ashbury
Atlas
Yamaha
Scarlatti
Blue Moon
Valentino
D'Addario
Hohner
Glenluce
Viking
Castagnari
Blueridge
Deering
Carvalho
Cremona
Serenellini
Tony Dixon
Chieftain
John Pearse
Waltons
Leem
Kentucky
Stoney End
Ernie Ball
Katho
Delgada
Vox
Hercules
Elixir
Takamine
Marshall
Simon & Patrick
Hathway
Dunlop
Stagi
Clarke
Admira
Sakis
Shubb
Martin