Remembering David L. Abell
Although our store on Beverly, the former David L. Abell
fine pianos, has officially closed, David will remain an inspiration and a treasured part of our history. At the time Keyboard Concepts acquired the store in 1999, we decided to retain the David L. Abell name in honor of the man who became a piano retailing legend in Los Angeles. For more than 54 years, David L. Abell fine pianos was the Los Angeles headquarters for the very best in fine pianos including Yamaha grands, Bösendorfer and vintage Steinways. As the autographed photos that lined the store¹s walls attested, all the biggest names in professional music were customers including Tony Bennett, Benny Carter, Quincy Jones, Gene Kelly, George Shearing, Frank Sinatra, Jackson Browne, Elton John, Stevie Wonder, the Eagles, the Moody Blues, Andre Previn, John Williams and many, many more.
David L. Abell was not only a masterful music retailer; he was a strong advocate for every aspect of the music industry and was especially dedicated to his lifelong love of jazz. David supported many local music programs including the UCLA Jazz Studies Program. He and his wife, Barbara, were the impetus behind rebuilding the music department at Washington Preparatory High School after it was destroyed by fire. The new department was named in their honor.
According to Dennis Hagerty, "David Abell knew how to take care of his customers and developed a very loyal following. As Keyboard Concepts, we will continue David¹s dedication to quality and fine service. He was a great piano retailer and we are proud to follow in his footsteps."