Hobgoblin Music, in Rathbone Place, Fitzrovia, is an acoustic and folk musical instrument specialist shop. They have been in the business for over 35 years and have seven Hobgoblin shops outside London. Their West End music store offers a wide range of extraordinary musical instruments with equally extraordinary names!
As one might expect, there are your lutes, tambourines, flutes and fiddles, but, in this Aladdin's cave of fretted, stringed, woodwind, percussion and keyboard instruments, you'll also find darabukas, psalteries, quenas, shawms, udus, xaphoons and yang wins!
Their international collection of folk instruments is as stunning as it is extensive - so too, the staff's knowledge. As specialists in unusual folk instruments Hobgoblin staff are able to offer excellent advice before purchasing. They even have a Staff Expertise Page on their website, to find out who can give you the best advice on a particular instrument. They can help with lessons and finding you the best teacher. There is also a repair service run in a workshop at the back of the store.
Hobgoblin staff encourage you to try before you buy. So, if this Summer's festivals have whetted your appetite for folk music and you now fancy making music of your own, you'll be spoilt for choice at this unique find in Fitzrovia.
Open from 10am to 6pm Monday to Saturday
Closest tube station Goodge Street or Tottenham Court Road