Bothners music legacy



Bothners stores offer a full range of musical instruments, live performance and recording equipment. Our sales staff are all experienced musicians and offer friendly advise and professional after-sales service.

Paul Bothner Music’s South African origins date back to around 1902, when Charles Bothner, a piano tuner by trade, emigrated from Switzerland and set up shop in Cape Town.

The business was soon importing and selling pianos. Over the next 50 years, with contributions from his wife and sons, Paul Bothner became a household name, nationwide.


1969 saw the likes of Jimi Hendrix, Santana, Jefferson Airplane, and The Who performing at the legendary Woodstock festival. This was a vibrant period for music, and a fitting time for the founding of Paul Bothner Music in its current form, as a full­-service musical instrument and equipment retailer!


Starting with one store in Claremont, Cape Town, the business has now expanded to 11 Bothners stores located around South Africa and an online store. Our online store offers you the same winning formula of professional advice, great product selection, and full after­-sales service nationwide.





  • Guitar & Bass

    Guitar & Bass

    Shop online for a huge range of guitar brands and models. From electric, acoustic, and classical guitars, to bass guitars, amplifiers, and guitar effects, you'll find what you…
  • Drums & Percussion

    Drums & Percussion

    Music featuring drums & percussion instruments is perhaps one of the oldest forms of music. In the last century or so, drums have become the crux and backbone…
  • Studio & Recording

    Studio & Recording

    The setting up of a studio is one that requires a number of different components. Even a small home studio will require the same basic elements of a…
  • Live Sound

    Live Sound

    There is always some form of gear needed and required to run and perform a successful show. The scale and type of show will of course dictate the…
  • Keys & Pianos

    Keys & Pianos

    When it comes to the world of music, piano and and keys have long been a constant. And with technological advances in the last 30-40 years, the piano…
  • Orchestral Instruments

    Orchestral Instruments

    The Orchestral category is one that encompasses various classical type instruments. Such include brass and woodwind like trumpets and clarinets. As well as various percussion instruments made specifically…
  • Headphones


    Headphones have come a long way since their creation almost a century ago. However, we are lucky enough to be living in what could be considered the Golden…
  • DJ & Beat Production

    DJ & Beat Production

    The world of beat production and DJ equipment has come a long way over the years.  A transition from full analogue to a world with electronic elements is…
  • Gifts & Lifestyle

    Gifts & Lifestyle

    Find the perfect gift for your musician friend or family from our online store. Or, spoil yourself with a whole bunch of musical instrument related gift and lifestyle…