House of Musical Traditions
House of Musical Traditions

House of Musical Traditions

Celebrating 51 years of selling musical instruments in Takoma Park, MD (and beyond)! Our open hours are 11-5 Sun-Mon & 11-7 Tues-Sat (Eastern Time). Feel free to call us with questions at (301) 270-90…
About House of Musical Traditions

Celebrating 51 years of selling musical instruments in Takoma Park, MD (and beyond)! Our open hours are 11-5 Sun-Mon & 11-7 Tues-Sat (Eastern Time). Feel free to call us with questions at (301) 270-9090 during business hours; you may get a faster answer by calling then through messaging (plus, items can often sell through one of our online channels or in-store before we can respond to a message!). Most orders are shipped out within 2 business days. Don't hesitate to contact us if you need your order by a certain time; we offer expedited options and will do our best to accommodate.

We generally ship by UPS Ground, fully insured. Smaller items may be shipped by USPS Priority Mail. International buyers must contact us for a shipping quote (please include your full address). You will receive a tracking number as soon as it is generated by our system. Your order will almost always be picked up by the shipping carrier on the day the label is created, but keep in mind that tracking information can often take at least 24 hours to update with a carrier after they pick it up. Don't be alarmed if you don't see progress on your tracking number in the first day or two.

Our store is located in Takoma Park, MD (just outside of Washington DC, and convenient to the Metro Red Line). We offer in-store pickup and browsing during our open hours.

Trade offers are only considered on items that can be brought to our shop in person; we generally do not do trades through shipping. Affirm financing is available on all items in our Reverb store above $50. We also offer a direct layaway program (call 301-270-9090 for details).

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 6 times. 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.

We are authorized dealers for brands such as Alvarez, Breedlove, Cordoba, Deering, Gold Tone, Recording King, Kala, Larrivee, Goodall, Sheeran By Lowden, Dusty Strings, Cole Clark, Fishman, Audio Technica, JHS, LR Baggs, Tanglewood and more. For most of our new item listings, we use stock photos from the manufacturer. If you would like to see photos of the exact item we have in stock, just message us. Unlike some large chain stores or online operations, we don't have boxes of overstock sitting in a warehouse - each instrument is checked thoroughly before going out on our sales floor, and again before shipping out to a customer, to make sure it meets our high standards of playability. Please note that Brand New instruments may not include original manufacturer's box (since we are a small shop, most of our inventory is out on our sales floor). We pride ourselves on great customer service and provide future support for our customers after initial purchase.

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Shipping Policy

We generally use UPS Ground for most continental US shipments of instruments (smaller accessory items will usually ship USPS). UPS shipments of instruments require a physical street address (not a PO Box). Most orders will ship within 48 hours.

Buyers outside the continental US should contact us for a shipping quote before purchasing (please include your full address). We try to respond to inquiries as soon as possible, but sometimes it may take a few days to get an international shipping quote.

We are required by Reverb to ship to the exact address submitted with your order. If you need to change your shipping address after your order is submitted (or if you wish to change your shipped order to local pickup or vice-versa), we will need to cancel your order and you can re-purchase the item with the correct shipping address.

Buyers local to our shop can pick up their order at our Takoma Park, MD location. Please make sure you choose "local pickup" when checking out - it is a lengthy process to straighten things out if you choose shipping and then want to pick up your order with us. We will contact you with details on how to pick up your order (we are currently operating by appointment).

Return Policy

New Items

Returnable within 7 days of delivery.

Used & Vintage Items

Returnable within 7 days of delivery.

General Terms

Items must be returned in original, as-shipped condition with all original packaging and no signs of use. Buyer assumes responsibility for all return shipping costs unless the item was not received as described.

Make sure to check the return policy on each individual listing as some items may be sold "As-Described" and not eligible for a return.

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Reverb Gives

Your purchases help youth music programs get the gear they need to make music.

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Your purchases also help protect forests, including trees traditionally used to make instruments.

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