House of Musical Traditions


House of Musical Traditions (HMT) has been in business since 1972, and was voted "Best Place To Buy Musical Instruments" in the Washington DC City Paper's reader poll for 4 years in a row (2016-2019). We specialize in acoustic, folk, world and hard-to-find instruments - but we're not adverse to picking up good used electric instruments & gear! Our brick & mortar storefront is located in Takoma Park, MD (just outside Washington DC), and we have been selling mail-order for decades. We're staffed by real musicians who care about the instruments we sell. Both used and new instruments go through our rigorous inspection process. Any flaws or playability issues will be fully disclosed in our listings. Most of our items can be returned or exchanged within 7 days. Generally, we only consider trades from local customers who can bring items to our shop in person.

Feel free to contact us with any questions about our items. We try to respond to messages here as soon as possible, but you may get a quicker answer about an item by calling us at 301-270-9090 during our business hours (11-7 Tues through Sat, 11-5 Sun & Mon).