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Leo Tolstoy called it the "shorthand of emotion", and here at Dawkes, we think that classical music expresses the seasons of heart and soul unlike any other. If you feel the same way, and you’re looking to purchase or to hire classical music instruments of the best quality, you’ll find them here in our online store and in our physical store in Maidenhead.

The Orchestra

Most orchestras are comprised of four different groups of instruments. They include strings, woodwind, brass, and percussion. Even though all four groups of instruments support one another, the strings usually are the ‘stars of the show’. You’ll hear the violin, viola, cello, and double bass in most orchestras.

The Woodwinds

Woodwind instruments are tubes with keys (cap-covered holes) along the length. One end is covered by a mouthpiece, and the other end is left open.



The flute has enchanted humanity for thousands of years, and its sound has been given exquisite expression in classical music. Choose from flutes in C, alto and bass flutes, piccolos, and plastic flutes at Dawkes.

If you’re a beginner or novice player, you’ll find new Flutes starting from approximately £200, or you can hire a Flute for about £15 per month.

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The oboe is famous for producing a completely distinct sound, and its ‘A’ is the one that tunes the orchestra. We stock oboes manufactured by Buffet Crampon, Yamaha, and Howarth.

Are you a beginner? Hire an Oboe from Dawkes from approximately £40 per month.

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You’ll find the most common clarinet, Bb, at Dawkes, but that’s not all. We also offer a range of A, Eb, alto, bass, and special clarinets. Hire a clarinet from Dawkes for as little as £15 per month or treat yourself to a new Clarinet for about £200. Choose from Bb, A, Eb, alto, bass, and special clarinets.

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One of the largest of the woodwind classical music instruments, the bassoon is a surprisingly agile instrument with an impressive range. Choose from bassoons made by Oscar Adler & Co. and W. Schreiber.

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The Brass

Instruments in the brass section of the orchestra are made of long tubes that have been folded into various shapes. They’re fitted with valves, and one end of the tubes has a wide, bell-shaped opening.



The sound of trumpets adds brightness to the orchestra, and its versatility makes it a popular choice for other forms of music, too. You’ll find Bb, Eb, C, piccolo, and plastic trumpets at Dawkes.

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Christoph Gluck, Joachim Eggert, and Ludwig van Beethoven were some of the most prominent composers to include the trombone in music in the classical period. We stock tenor, alto, valve, bass, and plastic trombones. Peruse our tenor, alto, valve, bass, and plastic trombones for sale and hire

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French Horn

French Horn

An orchestra is incomplete without the French horn, which has a deep sound with a high range. Here at Dawkes, you can choose from single, full double, compensating, and kinder French horns.

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The tuba is the largest and the lowest-pitched member of the brass group, in which it is the bass. The classical music instrument also supports the basses among the woodwinds. We stock tubas from Yamaha, Besson, and Jupiter.

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The Percussion

The orchestra’s percussion section includes indefinite pitch instruments such as the snare drum, bass drum, and cymbals, as well as tune instruments such as marimba, xylophone, and timpani. Whatever your classical music needs, Dawkes has an instrument for you.

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