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Secondhand Instruments

Our secondhand items are only available direct from the UK shops. Please contact the relevant shop if you want to know more.. Always call before travelling a long way to see an instrument, particularly during July and August, when items may be taken from the shops to show at festivals.

Hobgoblin has always specialised in old and rare instruments, as well as modern secondhand items. There is always a wealth of interesting stock to see. We do trade ins, take goods on consignment, and in some cases we buy outright. People are sometimes surprised to find secondhand items priced higher than basic new instruments. Some of the instruments we sell are very unusual, and the rarity is reflected in the price. The increasing cost of restoration is also a factor. We often recommend new instruments as the best value for beginners, particularly with banjos, concertinas & flutes.

An important factor to remember when trading in is that once a new instrument has been used, even if for only a few months, it is worth much the same as one several years old. All the depreciation takes place at the outset. Luckily though, after a few years some instruments start to appreciate in value again.


We sell hundreds of instruments each year on behalf of our customers, why not let us sell your instrument for you? We advertise each item to thousands of interested buyers and visitors in our second hand list, on the internet, where over 10,000 individual items are viewed monthly and through our shops where we reach a huge number of folk and acoustic customers. You will get a better price than if we buy from you for cash, but you have to wait until the item is sold, and the new owner is happy with it before you get your money.


Please call for advice when you have an instrument to sell, we can often give you a good idea of its value and saleability over the phone. We also do written valuations for insurance purposes for which there is a fee.

Take a look at our second hand instrument listing, which lists many hundreds of interesting secondhand and vintage instruments for sale.