Heading to Washingon DC/Virginia this morning....any stores worth checking out?

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by ChefKen, Jan 2, 2015.

  1. ChefKen


    Aug 30, 2014
    NW CT
    Are there any "dont miss" stores in DC, VA burbs or Maryland near the city?? Both high end bass and guitar( my son). Would hate to miss an awesome store if one exists! Thanks,
  2. DWBass

    DWBass The Funkfather

    Moderator Jive1 owns a store up there somewhere. Hit him up.
  3. lfmn16

    lfmn16 Inactive

    Sep 21, 2011
    charles town, wv
    Atomic Music (301) 595-4190 11011B Baltimore Ave. Maryland 20705

    Really nice guys and they have a ton of guitars, basses and amps.
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  4. jthisdell


    Jun 12, 2014
    Roanoke, VA
  5. eyeballkid


    Jul 19, 2009
    Atomic is always a must see... its not necessarily "high end" as much as a pickers paradise. Washington music center, aka Chuck levins, is pretty good too.
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  6. ChefKen


    Aug 30, 2014
    NW CT
    How far is Atomic from DC?
  7. lfmn16

    lfmn16 Inactive

    Sep 21, 2011
    charles town, wv
    Depends on where in DC you are coming from and the time of day. If you know where the BW parkway is, you take that out of DC to 495, it's about 2 exits to route 1 north and about 3 miles up route 1. It's not a bad drive unless you are in rush hour.
  8. ChefKen


    Aug 30, 2014
    NW CT
    Looks like I am staying 10 minutes from Vibe Music!! Wish I had some cash to spend!! Never been to a Boutique Bass store.....Gonna stop by tomorrow if family obligations allow.
  9. lfmn16

    lfmn16 Inactive

    Sep 21, 2011
    charles town, wv
    I wouldn't argue with that, but they do have the section behind the counter that usually has a couple dozen high end guitars and basses.
  10. eyeballkid


    Jul 19, 2009
    oh yeah... i forgot about that.
  11. eyeballkid


    Jul 19, 2009
    Isnt Atomic in Beltsville in the industrial park a few blocks off the beltway near College Park, or did they move AGAIN?
  12. Chuck Levins Washington Music Center In Wheaton Md. is a must do for anyone in the D.C. area. It's about six or seven miles north of D.C. at 11151 Viers Mill Rd. Go north on Georgia Ave. (Rt. 97 ) Bear left at Viers Mill Rd in Wheaton (Rt. 586 ) and it's a couple of blocks up on the right Just past the Metro station. It's a huge mom and pop outfit that has been in business since 1958. I have bought three guitars from them and countless accessories. Sadly , I now live 90 miles away from them but still try to pop in whenever I'm in that area.
    Best music store I've ever been in.
  13. wmhill

    wmhill Inactive

    Aug 20, 2012
    upstate NY
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    atomic music-
    11011 Baltimore Ave Suite B
    Beltsville, Maryland
  14. +1 to Chuck Levin's - they treated me right.
  15. Ace Of Bass

    Ace Of Bass A Rooster Illusion

    Jun 27, 2006
    Jong at Jive has awesome gear for sale always....Sadowskys, MTDs, Roscoes, etc...he's the only guy around with the boutique basses on tap...Action has really great old Fenders and amps...and a , HUGE pedal selection...Atomic is the player's store to me...you can often find really good local guys hawing it up or testing stuff out...Chuck's has a very wide selection of widely used brand name gear...the guys are generally great there...that's about it unfortunately...
  16. CertifiedLurker


    Nov 20, 2008
    They moved to what used to be the Circuit City down from its old location.
  17. Relsom

    Relsom Supporting Member

    Nov 23, 2013
    The Old Dominion
    Chuck Levins is legendary. We use to plan day trips up there back in the pre-internet days. Always an adventure.
  18. Ocean Man

    Ocean Man

    Mar 12, 2012
    Another +1 On Chuck Levin's. Awesome store with very friendly and helpful staff.
  19. ChefKen


    Aug 30, 2014
    NW CT
    Had the chance to check out Jive Sounds today.....Thanks to Jong for letting me play some great basses. Never had the chance to play Zon, MTD, Spector or Sadowsky until today. Really liked a Zon he had just taken in trade. If I only had the money to spend.......