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Rhythm Traders, founded in 1992, is a locally owned full-line drum shop in an 11,000 sq/ft facility, featuring a 5000 sq/ft showroom, an equal 5000 sq/ft of warehouse and repair facilities, plus an additional 1000 sq/ft in lesson studios.

Recently selected as Oregon's only Five-Star Drum Shop, we have the Northwest's most extensive selection of drum sets, cymbals, marching & symphonic percussion, djembes, congas, and world percussion. We offer lessons, repair, rentals, school packages, and have an extensive kids' drum section.

 We have Portland's most comprehensive drum lesson program, and a large Community Lesson Room for drumset master classes and group samba, conga, & djembe lessons. Every year we bring some of the world's best drummers for clinics which in the past have included Steve Ferrone, Alex Acuna, Benny Greb, Mamady Keita, Famoudou Konate, Horacio "el Negro" Hernandez, Luis Conte, Donny Osborne, Russ Miller, Stanton Moore, Peter Erskine, Adam Deitch, and many others.

For drum sets and accessories, we're authorized dealers for Crush, Tama, Ludwig, Yamaha, Roland, Gretsch, Pearl, DW, PDP, Mapex, Sonor, and Brady in addition to the used and vintage kits we offer. We have the region's largest cymbal vault, with Zildjian, Meinl, Sabian, Paiste, Cymbal Foundry, Cymbal & Gong, Bosphorus, Wuhan, UFIP, Istanbul, and Amedia cymbals stacked floor to ceiling. We stock a large selection of DW and Gibraltar parts and bulk supplies; Remo, Evans, & Aquarian heads; Vic Firth, Promark, Vater, Regal Tip, Zildjian, & Innovative Percussion sticks and mallets; Roc-n-Soc thrones; and hundreds of CDs, method books, and DVDs for all drummers.

We have the largest and most comprehensive World Percussion showroom in the country with LP, Gon Bops, Contemporanea, Meinl, Mid-East, Tycoon, Toca, Remo, Rhythm Tech, and JCR as well as local craftsmen. We carry our own line of Latin instruments including congas, timbales, bongos, cajons, and bata drums. And we import the highest quality hand-carved djembes, dununs, bells and other African instruments ourselves from the same craftsmen in West Africa who first supplied us with master-quality instruments nearly 20 years ago.

 Stop by in person or online, and discover our low prices and huge selection of drums, percussion, cymbals and accessories. Find out what Oregonians have always known; that they can shop locally while still getting the best prices, and superior product knowledge & customer service from fellow drummers. We have FREE on-site parking, and there's NEVER sales tax in Oregon. Sticks, heads, and cymbals are 40% OFF everyday. Come see why we're The Drummer's Toy Store... 

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Rhythm Traders
3904 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.,
 Portland, Oregon 97212

(2 blocks North of Fremont,
at the corner of NE Failing and NE MLK)

Phone: (503) 288-6950


Monday-Saturday: 11am-7pm
Sundays: 12noon-5 pm

Alex Acuna Workshop 2009 at Rhythm Traders

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3904 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd
Portland, OR 97212
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