Historic, local Bosendorfer Piano will be featured at B-Town Beat Thursday

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Photo of the historic 1953 Bosendorfer Piano courtesy Robbie Howell.

John and Teresa White have loaned out their historic 1953 Bosendorfer (pictured above) – a rare piano rooted in Burien – to the B-Town Beat Art and Music Walk scheduled for Thursday night, Dec. 5.

The piano will be featured at the Keller Williams Realty office, located at 455 SW 152nd Street. Local musician Ryan Burns will play from 6:15 p.m. – 8 p.m., then David Templeton will play a new Christmas song. Afterwards it will be available to anyone who wants to play it.

Nearly two years ago, the Whites purchased a Seahurst Mansion better known as the “Sprague Mansion,” which was built in 1911 by Holister Sprague, first lawyer for Bill Boeing of Boeing Aircraft.

The house came with three pianos – a 1921 Model D 9-foot Steinway, an 1867 Steinway Square, and a 1953, 92-key Bosendorfer Model 275 concert flugel, better known as the “Viennese Art of Pianos – a Living Legend.”

John immediately set out to have all three pianos fully restored, hiring piano tuner/repairman Nathan Jensen. Nathan also plays piano for the Northwest Ballet. Nathan had to replace all the strings and spent months on the tasks but finally completed his work. Nathan will fine tune the piano at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday at its location at Keller-Williams Realty.

“I love the B-Town Beat and seeing the old Bosendorfer get some use makes my heart sing,” White said. “It was a struggle to get the 1300 pound Bosendorfer up the 700-foot steeply sloped driveway but we made it.”

The B-Town Beat group recruited many volunteers including heavy lifters from Crossfit Burien to lift the massive piano off John’s trailer and into Keller-William’s lobby. John plans to sponsor a piano playing contest for all Burien piano players. This contest will start in January and be carried out by B-Town Beat organizers.

“Stay tuned and please come hear this rare Pride-of-Burien piano in action – see you Thursday night,” White added.

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2 Responses to “Historic, local Bosendorfer Piano will be featured at B-Town Beat Thursday”
  1. Lance McIntosh says:

    Just want to clarify, most of the “heavy lifters” were actually the 9:30 am Soccer Mom CrossFit class, they were fantastic!

  2. John White says:

    Just wanted to let everyone know that David Templeton plans to play one new Christmas song- that is all I could talk him into. I hope everyone encourages him to play a few more songs. I hope anyone that can play will sit down and put their fingers to the keys of this very fine piano.


    john L. White

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