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Welcome to Hanson Music

Makers of fine musical instruments

Butterley Spillway, Marsden – photograph Robert Bray

Bespoke instruments direct from the makers. 

           Best known for our award winning woodwind and brass instruments,  Hanson Music is a small company with a big reputation for expertise in musical instrument manufacturing and restoration. 

We stand for high quality, value and ethical and sustainable working practices.

       Established by Alastair Hanson in 1989 this year marks 30 years of providing services to musicians and the musical instrument industry.

Legends brought to life.

Hand crafted precision brass band instruments.

Using genuine parts from the original manufacturers we are recreating the famous Boosey and Hawkes ’round stamp’ instruments.

Availability is extremely limited.  Hand built in the heart of brass band country we’re remaking legends to last a lifetime.

Award winning clarinets.

The best clarinets in the World need not cost the Earth;  Hanson clarinets were the first in the World to gain FSC accreditation and received a special International award for their outstanding contribution to sustainable and fair manufacturing.

The first FSC clarinet was demonstrated by Lyndsey Marsh, Principal of the Hallé orchestra at the Royal Northern College of Music and was later presented to HRH the Prince of Wales at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.

World class saxophones

Hanson saxophones have gained an enviable reputation in a relatively short space of time;   our first saxes were made in 2003 and they now rank amongst the best in the world.   

The secret is in the sound and feel of these very special instruments. 

 Bespoke custom made saxophones for the price of a mid range factory made instrument;  Prices start from around £800 for a Hanson Series V with five years warranty and free servicing. 

Hanson V, VIII, LX & Monarch saxophones from £800 to £8000

2 years interest free payment schemes available on most models.

What our customers say

I recently visited the Hanson factory…   I tried a few altos and I have to say I could have easily used the SA3 or SA5 on a gig.  The SA5 in particular compared very well with the pro SA8 I had borrowed, and any of these would easily blow away a Jupiter or Trevor James Signature and even compared very favourably to an early YAS-62 I used to have.

Unfortunately I didn’t get to try any sopranos or ST5s as I got waylaid by a bunch of ST8s, all of which were very nice instruments but one in particular I just couldn’t put down…  …basically the best tenor I’ve ever played – I didn’t go there intending to buy anything but I just had to take that horn away with me.   

Pete Thomas

I now have a beautiful clarinet! I received him yesterday and he is really lovely. I play yesterday either, everything was great the sound, the mechanics! I don’t really know what to say! It’s amazing! I’m very happy with it! Thanks again for the great services and the lovely clarinet!

Jolanda van Eijden

Thank you for the way in which you helped Emilly and your generosity… I wish you every success…

Geoff Mountain

I received my new SE-5 grenadilla wood clarinet about 10 days ago and I have to say that I am really delighted with it. It is a quality instrument and has an excellent tone. Compared to my old [clarinet] it is a great improvement and I am happily playing a lot more than I have done over recent months! Many thanks for all your help. You have every reason to be proud of your company – the quality of service and of product is exceptional.

Hilary Oldham

Thank you very much. We were delighted with the clarinet and Emily’s music teacher was very impressed.

Mathew Horth

Visit our workshop in the beautiful Yorkshire Moors. 

Visitors to the workshops are made very welcome but don’t expect glitzy showrooms!   Instead you will find busy workbenches and an equal mix of traditional and modern engineering.

Relax in the knowledge that we do not employ salespeople – instead you will be greeted by expert craftsmen providing down to earth, honest, practical help and advice.

There are often exclusive offers on display items, prototypes and special editions not available online.

Why choose a Hanson instrument? 

We recommend you to ‘Google us to find out more, read players reviews comments and decide for yourself – you will not be disappointed. 


Contact us

Hanson Musical Instruments
West Yorkshire
United Kingdom

telephone: 01484 848060

Opening hours (GMT)

Monday by appointment.
Tuesday 9.30 - 5.30
Wednesday 9.30 - 5.30
Thursday 9.30 - 5.30
Friday 9.30 - 5.30
Saturday 10.30 - 3.30
Sunday Closed