Unusual instruments we insure

Posted on: 09 October 2020


Did you know we currently insure over 500 different types of instruments!

We insure all types of musical instruments, equipment, and accessories, from the rare and obscure to your everyday classics. There's no instrument too unique or bizarre for us to insure.

We’ve picked out a few of the most unusual instruments we currently insure:


Dung Chen

The Dung Chen, also known as the Tibetan horn, is a collapsible long trumpet that makes a deep and powerful sound. It is mainly used in Buddhist culture, in particular temple orchestras, processions and morning and evening calls to prayer. The Dung Chen can play only two or three notes and can sometimes be difficult to control. This is one of the rarest instruments we insure, with only a handful on our books.




The Pibgorn is a Welsh reed aerophone, which translates to ‘Pipe-Horn’. It uses a single reed, like those used in bagpipes, and has 6 small finger holes and a thumb hole to give it it’s dynamic sound. The bell is shaped from a section of cow-horn which amplifies the sound. We’ve got over 10 of these insured at the moment.




The Didgeridoo is part of the wind instrument family and is made from hollow wood. They were first played by aboriginal people in northern Australia and often used in ancient tribes in songs and ceremonies. By blowing into the long wooden tube it creates continuous vibrations which produce a deep and drone like sound. It’s great to see that musicians are still playing instruments like the Didgeridoo; we’ve got over 50 of these covered.




Part of the Lute family, this stringed instrument has an extended neck and a hollow and curved-back sound box. It was used at the end of the 16th Century to accompany singers in the first operas.  It can have anywhere from 11 to 19 strings, with the most common Theorbo having 14 strings - seven fretted and seven bass strings.




Another instrument part of the Lute family, this stringed instrument is most popular in northern India, Pakistan and Bangladesh.  It’s plays a central part in Indian classical music ensembles. The sitar has a long and wide wooden neck along with a pear-shaped body. We currently insure over 150 of these!



Hurdy Gurdy

This stringed instrument is one of the more interesting ones we insure. To produce its great sound, a wheel that rubs against the strings is turned by hand, similar to a violin bow moving against the strings. It was most popular during the European Renaissance era and has entertained everyone, including royals. Although not commonly used today it’s great to see over 100 of these currently insured with us.



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