From classical students to indie-rock bands, the D.C. music scene is ever growing. One of the things all musicians need is an instrument. There are stores scattered around town that cater specifically to musical instruments and equipment. Here are the best music shops in Washington, D.C.
Atomic Music
11011 Baltimore Ave.
Beltsville, MD 20705
(301) 595-4190

Purchasing a brand new instrument can be akin to buying a brand new car, and in some cases can be just as expensive. Whether you can’t afford a brand new instrument, or prefer to have one that already has some miles on it, Atomic Music is your best bet. The local music shop has been selling used instruments since 1994 and offers a large collection of drums, guitars, keyboards, vintage instruments, accessories and more. It also buys and trades instruments if you are looking to part ways with your current instrument. Check out the visual tour on the website for an idea of just how much Atomic Music has to offer.

Gailes’ Violin Shop
10013 Rhode Island Ave.
College Park, MD 20740
(301) 474-4300

Supporting local businesses has become a movement in recent years, but has also been important to many DC area residents for many years. Giving back and supporting the community is a major focus for Gailes’ Violin Shop. The music store supports several local organizations through donations and advertising dollars. That commitment to community has garnered the shop loyal customers for decades. That, and of course, the quality instruments, products and services available at the shop. Including string instruments made by members of the team, repair services, rentals and instructing, the College Park music shop is a local store doing it right.

Alexandria Music Company
1502 Belle View Blvd.
Alexandria, VA 22307
(703) 660-6025

When it comes to instruments, purchasing from someone who knows what they are talking about it can make a world of difference. You don’t want to walk away with an instrument that doesn’t suit you or what you are trying to do. At Alexandria Music Company, you don’t have to worry about that. The local, family owned music shop has been in business for 18 years, and the owner has given music lessons for more than 30. The shop carries woodwinds, percussion, bass, brass, guitars, strings, keyboards, PA and more, for rent or purchase. And if they don’t have something, they can order it for you as well. For orchestra and band instruments, this is the store you want to go to.

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Crossroads Guitar Shop
6672 Arlington Blvd.
Falls Church, VA 22042
(703) 931-2139

Independently owned stores tend to care more about quality and building customer relationships than big box, chain stores. Crossroads Guitar Shop is one of those local gems. Focusing on guitars, the music shop caters to your guitar needs. They offer Plek pro maintenance and repair services, carry basses, acoustic guitars, electric guitars, amps and accessories. Offering a variety of brands, you have a good amount of options to choose from at this shop. Get your next guitar from a shop that truly cares about guitars and your experience with them.

Rick Jones Pianos Inc.
5209 Holland Drive
Beltsville, MD 20705
(301) 937-4900

Emanuel Ax, Lang Lang, Duke Ellington, Ray Charles, Carole King, these are a few legendary pianists. If you’ve dreamed of one day playing the piano like one of those artists, you have got to have a quality piano. They are not cheap, but you can still find a way to get a great piano. For over 30 years, Rick Jones Pianos Inc. has been providing the DMV with high-quality used pianos. Jones himself tunes, repairs and restores pianos. Stop by the warehouse and you’ll likely find the piano of your dreams.

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Folashade Oyegbola is a freelance writer covering all things D.C. Her work can be found on