WARR ACRES — So, it's come to this final note, somber — something in the E flat major 7th chord, which resolves, but with a lingering question and mixed emotions.
Such will be the last day for Albert Evans Piano Co. and a life and store of love for pianos and music that spanned decades. It will be Saturday, when the store at 4100 N MacArthur Blvd. and the remaining instruments go on the auction block.
Louis Dakil will auction the two buildings starting at 10 a.m. online and at his warehouse, 200 NW 114 — followed by the instruments and equipment: concert grands, baby grands, consoles, studios, uprights, digitals and players, with thousands of player piano rolls.
“It's pretty sad,” said son Steve Evans, a piano tuner and technician who will remain in business even with his father's store gone. “My mom and dad had such a dream of having a store like this.
“They started out real small, and they figured out they could restore an old upright piano and make $300 doing it. So my father went from there to learning how to restore them and refinish them. He started out working out of his home. Next thing you know, he had a shop, a bigger shop, a bigger shop, and then he had a store on Main Street in Stillwater, Oklahoma.”
That was in the early 1950s. He and his wife, Millie, moved family, shop and store to Oklahoma City in 1963. It was at several sites before landing for good at 4100 N MacArthur in 1978. Mildred Lorene Evans died at 70 in 2002. Albert Evans died at 81 a year ago Tuesday.
“This was their dream. Now the dream is kind of coming to an end because we're selling the store,” Steve Evans said. “But this is what Mom and Dad wanted to happen. They wanted everything sold off and turn everything into cash money and divide it up amongst his kids. That was his plan, and that's what we're doing.”
Evans' sons, Steve and Phillip, who lives at Lake Conroe, Texas, and daughter, Elaine Evans Walters, who lives on St. Martin in the Caribbean, might have found themselves overseeing a violin liquidation if their grandfather back in Kingfisher had had his way. Steve's wife, Gloria, would have been selling stringed instruments rather than pianos and organs, working in the store the past 40-odd years.