About our site

Ackerman Music was started in Hove in 1994 by Brian Ackerman. Today, Brian and his wife Lynne have expanded the business to include 3 shops in Sussex and a successful online presence. Brian has had many years experience of playing, making and repairing woodwind instruments and was awarded an ARAM for services to music. Lynne has been involved with music most of her life and is an active member of the local musical community and specialises in sheet music. Together they head a team of friendly and knowledgeable staff who aim to provide you high quality products at competitive prices with excellent service.


Ackerman Music has the largest stock of woodwind, brass and orchestral stringed instruments & sheet music across Sussex. The Brighton shop includes a digital piano showroom which includes all models of Yamaha Clavinova. We are one of the largest suppliers in the whole country. With shops in Hove, Brighton and Chichester, there is not much that we don't have in stock.

We specialise in orchestral instruments such as clarinets, flutes, trumpets, cornets, violins and cellos. We also have a large range of saxophones, digital pianos, acoustic and classical guitars.

Clarinets are our speciality in Hove. Brian (Director) has worked on and played clarinets for most of his life, including many years spent making clarinets and mouthpieces individually from scratch! This detailed level of knowledge on an instrument is rare and so we pride ourselves on being one of the only clarinet specialists in the country. If you are looking to buy a student, intermediate or professional clarinet then our Hove store is the place to come to get the best information around... and clarinets at the best prices!

We have extremely competitive prices. Our buying power means that we usually have much better prices than an average music shop.

We are main agents for most of our suppliers, including Yamaha, Buffet, Keilwerth, Bach, Selmer Paris, Jupiter, Yanagisawa, Paesold, Stentor, Trevor James and Pearl.

Sheet Music Specialists

As well as a vast selection of music (over 35,000 on this website), we re-order at least once a week from most publishers, so music is quickly obtainable even if it is not in stock. We have won the MIA award for 'Printed Music Retailer of the Year' in both 2008 & 2009.

Full Workshop Facilities

Our workshop checks over all new instruments before they are sold. We do not sell "out of the box" as all new instruments need careful checking and regulation.

We have full workshop facilities for carrying out repairs and adjustments on most woodwind, brass and string instruments.

Our Web Site

FREE GB Delivery until further notice on any order over £5!

Orchestral Instruments - Delivery is FREE within Great Britain for all instruments. This price you see is the price you pay.
(Instruments over £100 are always sent by our Express service, regardless of the service selected in the checkout.)

Pianos - Delivery is FREE within Great Britain for all pianos. This price you see is the price you pay.

We are often able to offer a free timed delivery and setup service within 50 miles of our shops (subject to availability.) Outside this area we use a courier service, and aim to have most things delivered within 3 working days.

Sheet music, accessories & gifts - We offer 3 services:

  • Standard: £1 for orders under 1kg, £2 for orders over 1kg) (usually 1-2 business days)
  • Saver: FREE for all orders over £5 (usually 3-5 business days)
  • Express: £5.99 for all orders (usually 1 business day)

Please select your preferred option in the checkout.

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