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Hobgoblin Music

Folk & Acoustic Musical Instruments

24 Rathbone Place, London, W1T 1JA Directions

Tel 020 3375 3142
   Now closed Open today 10:00 - 18:00

Why Choose Us?

Extensive Range
Online Shop
We Are Specialists

Business overview

HOBGOBLIN MUSIC 40 Years 1976-2016 - 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.

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.

We specialise in

Accordions, Amps, Autoharps, Bagpipes, Banjos, Basses, Bodhrans, Bongos, Bouzoukis, Cajons, Citterns, Clarinets, Concertinas, Darabukas, Dulcimers, Drum Kits, Erhus, Flutes, Fiddles, Glockenspiels, Guitars, Harmonicas, Harps, Harmoniums, Indian Drums, Jaws Harps, Keyboards, Kalimbas, Lutes, Mandolins, Melodeons, Northumbrian Pipes, Ocarinas, Piccolos, Psalteries, Quenas, Recorders, Saxophones, Shawms, Strumsticks, Sitars, Tambourines, Thumb Pianos, Ukuleles, Udus, Uds, Violas, Vihuelas, Whistles, Xylophones, Xaphoons, Yang Qins, Zithers

.. and many more instruments, accessories and books for them, lessons, repairs and more.


- 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!

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.


Hobgoblin BIrmingham Shop Front
Hobgoblin Bristol Banjos and Mandolins
Hobgoblin London Mandolins
Hobgoblin Leeds Harp Display
Hobgoblin Bristol Acoustic Guitars
Hobgoblin Music - hobgoblin.com
Hobgoblin Bristol Music Books, Ukuleles
Hobgoblin London World Percussion
Hobgoblin Leeds Violin Department
Hobgoblin London Accordions
Hobgoblin in Birmingham

Products & Services

Acoustic, Celtic, Folk and Traditional Specialists

Guitars, Ukuleles, Mandolins, Banjos, Bouzoukis

Strings, Instrument Accessories, Picks, Straps

Violins, Harps, Autoharps, Zithers

Accordions, Melodeons, Harmonicas, Concertinas

Flutes, Whistles, Recorders, Saxophones, Bagpipes

World Percussion, Irish Bodhrans, Hand Percussion

Bongos, Cajons, Djembes, Darabukas

Music Books, Tutor Books and DVDs

Gig Bags, Hard Cases, Amplifiers

Blueridge, Yamaha, Ashbury, Regal, Fylde

In Stock in All of our UK Shops All of the Time!


Thanx for the nice service

Got my guitar tutor book here and its very useful.
Thanx again
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Great resource for trad instuments

Hobgoblin is a bit of an institution really, having been based in Parkway in Camden for years, it now lives just off Oxford street.

They have a great website too, and a mail order service, so you can have a proper browse online before you decide to buy.

They stock all the instruments you would need to play traditional folk or acoustic instruments, everything from guitars, banjos and harmonicas, to autoharps, mouth harps and melodeons.

The prices are ok, not the cheapest, and sometimes the instruments are not particularly good quality, but as the only place you can step off the street and buy something that isn't a guitar, I suppose they can get away with it.

The service in the shop varies, some of the staff are extremely friendly and helpful, and one or two are the wrong side of flirty or patronising, or something I can't quite name. I certainly don't always feel comfortable shopping here.

I play a fairly unusual instrument, and have learned a lot about it by experience. I therefore know a little more than the staff, and this seems to annoy them when they can't answer my questions.

The spares and strings can be hugely overpriced too, one set of strings for my instrument costs 10 times as much in here as anywhere else, and the quality of cases etc are really quite shoddy.

A mixed package.
11 Jul 2016
You want any musical instruments bag please contact me M no. 9350645725
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