Do you have a budding musician at home? Whether it’s the drums, guitar, saxophone or violin, there are local, independent music stores that have all the expertise you need to help your little music prodigy. Here are some of our favorites.

American Music
4450 Fremont Ave North
Seattle, WA 98103

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Locally owned and operated since 1973, American Music is a part of Seattle music history. During the ’80s and ’90s, American Music was a social center for the group of musicians who founded the guitar bands that would go on to make history, supplying their equipment needs and providing a place to hang and exchange information. Members of bands like Soundgarden, Pearl Jam, My Sisters Machine, Alice in Chains, The Posies, The Presidents and many more geared up at this Fremont shop. Specializing in pro gear with something for every budget, the staff (musicians themselves) play music in the clubs and studios, and use the gear the store carries. They can help you find just what works for you.

Dusty Strings
3406 Fremont Avenue North
Seattle, WA 98103

Since 1982, Dusty Strings Acoustic Music Shop has been a haven for music lovers from the curious beginner to the seasoned professional. They offer fine instruments, and encourage you to pick them up and play. A friendly and experienced staff will help you sort out the options between models, woods, features, and all the accessories to go with it. Come experience the instruments in Seattle, or browse the inventory online. Specializing in guitars, harps, banjos, ukuleles, dulcimers and percussion. Dusty Strings also offers a music school with lessons, classes and workshops. Plus their professional instrument makers design and build harps and dulcimers.

Georgetown Music Store
6111 13th Ave S
Seattle, WA 98108

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Located in the heart of Georgetown, in the former home of the Georgetown Pharmacy, owner Michael Smith founded Georgetown Music Store in 2009. The store carries both new and used instruments and equipment. Guitars, drums, bass, keyboards, microphones, stands, band instruments, woodwinds, stringed instruments and more. Plus customized repair of stringed instruments can be done in house, and re-strings, tuning and cleaning on most stringed instruments while you wait!

Applebaum Violin Shop
1948 Pacific Avenue
Tacoma, WA 98402

A full service violin shop in the business of making, buying and selling fine violins, violas and cellos since 1975. Applebaum’s skilled violin makers perform the highest quality repair and restoration, and the experienced sales staff can help you find anything to meet your playing needs. Whether you are a beginner or professional, check out the fine selection of instruments and accessories at Applebaum’s. For those wanting to rent an instrument, Applebaum’s offers a rental program providing high quality violins, violas and cellos and service to the South Sound area.

Music Centers
9 Puget Sound locations

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If you are looking for Band or Orchestra instruments, Guitars, Amps, Keyboards, Drums, Percussion, Sheet Music, Repairs, or School Instrument Rentals Music Centers, Inc. can help. Since 1955, the Music Centers stores have been offering the best in musical instruments, sheet music, repair, and service to students in Puget Sound.
The 9 locations include Renton, Federal Way, Lakewood, Puyallup, Olympia, Lacey, Kent and Tacoma. At any of these stores, you’ll find a large selection of musical instruments and accessories. The print music department can help you with all your printed music needs. And to keep your valuable instrument in top condition, Music Centers has five repair shops to serve you. Student instrument rentals are also available. Find the store closest to you online.