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A friend gave me her Lester Piano to try to find a home for it. I believe the serial # is 160611 Can anyone give me an age or value for this? It hasn't been taken care of....left in a basement for 15 yrs.


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Made in 1946. You didn't say if it's a grand or vertical; I'm going to assume it's a spinet or studio. Value is zero, due to the market conditions for small, older pianos, and the fact that it has had no care. A grand may be worth more.


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Dianne,

Ditto to Sam.

Lester was built in Philly until 1961, when the factory burned under suspicious circumstances. I have known several technicians who worked there in the past and because of my Philly perspective, I have a warm place for Lester pianos in general. They made a few great pianos (grands, mostly) and a lot of mediocre ones.

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Lesters may not be the world's greatest, but they aren't junk either. Certainly are durable. After 15 years in a basement it probably needs to dry out a bit. Probably needs to be tuned by now.
Biggest drawback to them is that I'm not hugely fond of the invariable mahagony veneer.

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