The Celtic Harp or Clarsach is almost unchanged since the 11th century. The famous Brian Boru harp has the same shape as the harps we sell today. Early celtic harps had bodies carved from solid wood, and brass strings, and only played in one key. Nowadays it is usual to use a softwood soundboard, and Nylon strings, and there are semitone levers for changing key. The concert harp developed from the Celtic Harp and features increased tension, more notes, and pedals.
The Autoharp is currently easily the most popular instrument in the zither family, while the cymbala sounds great and is a perfect way for children to learn to make music. We stock Autoharps, Cymbalas, Appalachian Dulcimers, Hammered Dulcimers and Psalteries in all the shops.
Around the world there are many variations of bowed and wheel driven folk instruments. We offer Er Hu - China's most popular solo instrument, the Sarangi from India and occasionally other types as available. This category includes wheel-driven instruments too, so any secondhand vielles, hurdy-gurdies and symphonies appear here too.
We stock new and used violins in all our shops. Each has a full range of student and school instruments plus a selection of a dozen or so older full size instruments and electric and quiet frame violins too. Birmingham & Leeds are our specialist violin shops and have a much larger selection and repairers on site.
Birmingham & Leeds are our specialist violin shops with a much larger selection of new and used bowed instruments and repairers on site. In the other shops we stock new Cremona and Stentor instruments as well as some used violas, cellos and basses.
Hobgoblin music sells and stocks a fully comprehensive range of bows for violin, viola, 'cello and double bass. We sell new student brazil wood/horse hair bows starting from as little as £10.95 in a variety of sizes, up to and including new silver and gold mounted pernambuco bows for the professional and serious amateur player. Please enquire for prices and specifications.