Sherman Clay, which has sold pianos in Seattle since the late 19th century, announced that its last day will be Sept. 30. Store management says the family that owns Sherman Clay simply wants to get out of the piano business.

When Sherman Clay's Seattle store first opened in the late 1800's there was no TV, no radio - the piano was a fixture and the stylings of Gershwin filled living rooms across Washington.

They were bringing music west of the Rockies, it had a tremendous impact on early culture, said store manager Ben Klinger.

Sherman Clay was once the world s largest producer of sheet music, countless kids took lessons there, and the Beatles even practiced on the second floor before making their Seattle debut.

The store also sold phonographs, radios, and televisions during the mid-20th century. It also served as the box office for theaters and orchestras.

Sherman Clay was in many ways the cultural hub of Seattle for a generation.

All good things come to an end, and this is one of those things where our season is over... and it's okay. It's okay, said Klinger.

The store is now trying to sell all of its remaining 300+ pianos.

More information

Sherman Clay website

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