Ackerman Music: Hove Shop

Hove Music Shop

Our Hove store was opened in 1994 and is the oldest of our shops. It's the head office for Ackerman Music and contains the largest range of instruments of our shops. If you are looking for mid-range to professional clarinets, flutes, saxophones, trumpets, violins, cellos etc, then this is the place to go. Of course, Hove also stock the student range and we have private areas where you can try out instruments, along with an excellent show room to browse around. We moved along the road to number 163 in 2014. The new showroom is now double the size it used to be.

The hove shop is also our main repair centre with an on-site repairer and full workshop. All our instruments are checked and set-up in hove before they are distributed to our other shops or delivered to our customers. You'd be amazed how many instruments don't work to their full potential "out of the box", they have often come on a very long journey to us from places such as Japan. Our workshop ensures that everything works perfectly before we send it to you.

Ackerman Music shops have knowledgeable, friendly staff that are always willing to help. Have a chat with experienced staff to make sure you get the best option for you before you commit to buying an instrument. Give us a call or come and see us, we're here to help!


Ackerman Music
163 Portland Road
East Sussex

Tel: 01273 702444

Email Hove Shop

Opening Times

Mon-Fri: 9:30 to 5:30
Sat: 9:30 to 5:00
Sun: Closed

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Local Area Covered

  • Hove
  • Brighton
  • Shoreham
  • Worthing
  • Steyning
  • Burgess Hill
  • Crawley
  • Lewes
  • Newhaven
  • Eastbourne

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Hove Shop Staff

  • Brian Ackerman - Managing Director - Studied clarinet & saxophone at the Royal Academy of Music. Woodwind maker & restorer for over 30 years. Visiting lecturer on musical instrument repair at Merton college for over 25 years. Awarded an ARAM for services to music. Recently started brewing craft beer.
  • Lynne Avery - Director - Lynne was manager of "Berns Music" for 21 years. Sheetmusic specialist. She plays woodwind instruments.
  • Ghufran Robinson - Shop manager. Formally a Registrar with the British Council. Plays the violin and is learning the piano.
  • Simon Parsons - Sales staff. Plays cello and brass instruments. Trained with the Royal Engineers. Formally a brass instrument teacher for 7 years.
  • Jim Prior - Woodwind and brass repairer. Plays trombone. Trained at Merton college. Previously worked for John Myatt and Normans musical instruments.
  • Alex Cannon - Sheet Music specialist. Classical singer, but also plays guitar, piano, cello and clarinet. Has an interest in music technology.
  • Elisabeth Avery - Sales staff. Plays Saxophone, Cello, Ukulele and Guitar. Trained to do some string repairs and setups.
  • Vincent Purcell - Stringed instrument repairs. Plays violin. HND in violin making at Guildhall University. Stringed instrument restorer, teacher and maker for over 20 years.


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