Photograph by Darrow Montgomery
Playing music is not exactly a cheap career or hobby, especially considering musicians don’t exactly rake in the dough. A new decent guitar or bass will easily set you back hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars. And if you’re a musician (like me), constantly on an unattainable tone quest to find the perfect sound, the hobby can be quite a drain on your bank account. So if you’re ever looking to gear up without going bankrupt, I humbly suggest Atomic Music in Beltsville, Md. It’s essentially a giant warehouse of used music gear—hundreds of guitars, basses, amps, keyboards, effects pedals, etc.—all at reasonable prices. Moreover, the staff at Atomic is everything you could hope for in a music clerk: Friendly, extremely knowledgeable, and willing to knock some bucks off your purchase.