About Us

"If you've never visited the House of Musical Traditions in Takoma Park, correct the oversight at your earliest opportunity." -- Bob Levey, The Washington Post

Voted "Best Place To Buy Instruments" in the Washington DC City Paper's Reader Poll, 2016 and 2017.

Unlike most websites you'll visit today, House of Musical Traditions (established in 1972) is a brick and mortar store with real people and real shelves. We take great pride in the instruments and services we offer and do our best to make sure nothing hits the sales floor (or the shipping department) if we wouldn't play it ourselves.

The House of Musical Traditions is open seven days a week and we're ready to help you with purchases of instruments, accessories, instrument repairs, pro audio and student rentals - 11am - 7pm Tuesday through Saturday, 11am-5pm Sundays and Mondays.

    If you can't find something on our website or need additional help - always feel free to contact us : 301.270.9090 or hmtmail@hmtrad.com!

    Finding us:

    We are located at 7010 Westmoreland Ave, Takoma Park MD 20912. This is in the heart of the old-town Takoma Park area, not far from the intersection with Carroll Ave. HMT can be a little tricky to find the first time, so here are some tips:

    If driving from the Beltway (495) or the University Blvd area:
    - Your GPS may want to take you down New Hampshire to Carroll Ave, past the Adventist Hospital. The Carroll Ave bridge by the hospital will be closed through summer 2017, and though there are detours in place, we would recommend the following route which avoids that area:

    • Take New Hampshire Ave to Rt. 410/East-West Hwy/Ethan Allen Ave and take this West (a right turn if you are heading south on New Hampshire)
    • Make the first left on Elm Ave. After about 3/4 of a mile, you'll come to a T intersection. Turn left to stay on Elm.
    • Make the next right onto Westmoreland Ave. HMT will be on the left, across from the park/playground.

    If you are driving to us from the Silver Spring or DC areas, you should be able to follow your GPS just fine. There are multiple routes into the area. 

    Here's what we look like from Westmoreland Ave:


    There is a free parking lot behind our store (go up the steep uphill driveway). You may either park in the large area or the small area just in front of our entrance (in this case, if you've parked behind other cars, please inform the staff if you'll be staying awhile. It's usually fine though).

    View from the parking lot to our main entrance:


    We are a short (7-minute) walk from the Takoma Metro stop on the Red Line. There are also several Metrobus and Ride-On bus stops close by on Carroll Ave. If you are walking from Carroll Ave, go down Westmoreland and cut through the first parking area on the right (you will see Airshow Mastering) and look for the big gray house with the neon "Music" sign. You can enter through our side door and avoid the walk up our steep driveway. You can also cut through Ace Hardware on Carroll Ave if they are open - walk through the store to their back entrance, then outside through their garden center, and you'll see our main entrance on the left. If you are walking to our lessons space this is the best option, because the entrance for that is just outside Ace's back door.


    our stained glass window

    About Our Stained Glass Window:

    Sometime in 1977, when the store was in Berkeley Springs WV, owner Dave Eisner attended an ethnomusicology convention in Montclair, NJ. His host happened to be renting space to a woman who restored antique stained glass pieces. Dave was impressed by her work and asked if she could design something for him. Although she had never done any original pieces, she was willing to give it a try. She used scraps from her repair work, and the result was this lovely window. Unfortunately, Dave can't remember the artist's name!

    At first the stained glass piece hung in the front window of the Berkeley Springs store. When that store closed in 1983, Dave brought the piece with him to Takoma Park, MD. Now it is set into the front door to act as a window -- it is really beautiful when the afternoon sun shines through it.

    Our window was the inspiration for our store's t-shirt design. Get a t-shirt today!


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