Welcome to Hansons

Makers of Musical Instruments. Supporters of The Arts.
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Butterley Spillway, Marsden – photograph Robert Bray

Makers of award winning clarinets


Makers of the World’s first FSC clarinet, demonstrated by Lyndsey Marsh, Principal of the Hallé orchestra and later presented to HRH the Prince of Wales at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.  Hanson clarinets hold a special International award for their outstanding contribution to sustainable and fair manufacturing.  The best clarinets in the World need not cost the Earth.

Supporting our musical heritage

Supporting our local Cultural and Musical Heritage.

Hanson Arts provides opportunity for community music making through our education and outreach programmes.

We provide free instruments and lessons, run a Community Orchestra, Choir, Wind Band, Big Band, Orchestral String Groups, Ukulele Group, Jazz Improvisation and Music Theory Classes.

Our ‘Future Stars’ programme supports excellence in music performance and has provided fine professional instruments to deserving young players.

Past recipients have gone on to lead in the National Childrens Orchestras, National Youth Orchestra, The Hallé Youth Orchestra, also to have careers in the music industry, also study at and be employed by some of the top Music Conservatoires in the World including The Royal College of Music, London.



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.

World Class Saxophones – Made in Great Britain

Members of the Heritage Craft Association we are proud to support endangered crafts.    We are the only company to manufacture, rather than assemble saxophones in Britain for almost a Century.

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.   

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

We Celebrated our 30th Anniversary in 2019 

Established by Alastair Hanson in 1989. 

With more than 30 years of providing services to musicians and the musical instrument industry we remain committed to high quality, value and ethical and sustainable working practices.   We are proud to support music making in the community, generally just doing ‘good stuff’ and making the World a better place.



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. 


How to get in touch with us

When contacting us please bear in mind that we are a busy factory workshop, not just a showroom and warehouse, and often it's not possible to answer phones or emails right away.

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Hanson Musical Instruments
West Yorkshire


Opening times


Weekdays - 09:00-17:30
Saturday - 10:00-16:00
Sunday - Time for Practise - a few bars may need checking out!


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