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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

CHALUMEAU

   
Definition: Single-tube, cylindrical, single reed instrument. A seventeenth century ancestor of the clarinet, it has a recorder type body with a single reed mouthpiece. Similar folk instruments are found in many Arabic and European cultures; see Albogue, Alboka, Diplica, Hornpipe, pibgorn, and Sipsi.
Introduction: The Chalumeau is the ancestor of the Clarinet and itself probably inspired by earlier single reed instruments such as the Pibcorn. It is played just like a clarinet, but does not have the upper register. We also see updated modern 2 octave Chalumeaux: The Xaphoon is a popular modern invention made in plastic that can also play in the upper octave, the Clariphone is a similarly specified two octav...
Read our Other Folk Woodwind FAQ Page or go to the Hobgoblin Instrument Info and FAQ Menu.

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Hohner
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D'Addario
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Castagnari
Blueridge
Cremona
Deering
Tony Dixon
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Katho
Stoney End
Leem
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Ernie Ball
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Dunlop
Hercules
Elixir
Hathway
Gitane
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Vox
Martin
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