Ray Man Music in Chalk farm is an absolute treasure trove!
This Musical instrument shop specialises in ethnic or world music instruments, and particularly in things from China, Japan, and the East.
It's a small and well packed little shop, on Chalk Farm Rd, worth a stroll from Camden Stables market to go and have a peek.
They are very friendly and patient in the shop, and though there are some very valuable and precious instruments in the back room, namely Yang Chins (Chinese Hammered Dulcimers) and Santoors and Sitars, there are also plenty of pocket money rattles, flutes, and croaking frogs, that they don;t mind you giving a little shake.
Ray Man has an extremely impressive collection of instruments ranging from the typical (yukulele) to the absurd (bee whistle)
There is a great selection of exotic musical instruments from African two-tone bell sets made from wrought Iron, Tibetan Hand Cymbals, Chinese Singing Bowls, wind gongs, bamboo flutes, samba whistles to a variety of different drums- Indian, Japanese, Turkish, West African and Egyptian sets.
The shop also organises in-store events and workshops and provides musicians for different events.
Incredible shop. Very wide range of musical instruments of many kinds, especially Asian instruments. Chinese zithers, Indian sitars, African drums, guitars, flutes, percussion and a vast selection of instruments I had never seen before. Very friendly staff who told me a lot about the instruments and some history behind them and they encouraged me to try them out. This is a unique shop and there's so much inside, so whether you're a musician or not, I recommend a visit - you'll very likely find something that takes your interest.
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