A music store that's been a fixture in the state for more than a century is reaching its final verse.

After being in business for 131 years, Netzow’s Pianos in Wauwatosa is closing its doors.

Owner Steve Datz said they are saddened by the closing but will be holding a liquidation sale of their inventory. He said a closing date has not yet been set.

"This has nothing to do with any financial issues. I am at an age now that we made the decision to retire," Datz said. "My wife and I have been talking about it for over a year and we did not have a successor."

Datz began working for Netzow's in 1979 as a salesman and purchased the business from the Netzow family in 1988.

The company, which bills itself as Wisconsin's oldest piano dealer, opened in 1885 as a piano manufacturer in the city of Milwaukee and has been at the Wauwatosa location, 8853 W. North Ave., since 1979. The business became a retailer in 1931 when it began selling pianos out of the back of a truck and eventually opened a storefront on North 21st Street.

The current store also housed a studio that gave area music teachers a venue to conduct piano lessons. Datz said the teachers have all found other sites to continue their practice and that all of the students have been notified of the changes.

"I have gotten a lot of people that have called me telling me, ‘say it isn’t so,’" Datz said. "We’ve been here forever and I know I am going to miss it."

The liquidation sale is open to the public; the store's hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and closed on Sundays.

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