Folk & Acoustic Musical Instrument Specialists

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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...
Selected from our Instrument FAQ


Definition: Chinese 2 string fiddle, with a small, usually hexagonal or octagonal body, dates back to 1100AD.
Introduction: The violin-like Erhu or Er Hu is the principal lead instrument in much of Chinese music and used both solo and in groups. It has two strings and is played with the bow moving between the strings, so both sides of the bow hair are used. There is a movable string nut to change the tuning. One finger is used to hold down both strings, with lots of vibrato.
Read our Other Bowed Instruments FAQ Page or go to the Hobgoblin Instrument Info and FAQ Menu.