Collection: Lester Pianos

Established in 1888 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the Lester Piano Company became a significant player in the American piano industry during its time. The company was known for producing high-quality pianos that were accessible to the average American, striking a balance between affordability and craftsmanship. Over the years, Lester manufactured pianos under various names, including Leonard & Co., Alden, Gounod, Bellaire, and the popular Betsy Ross Spinet.

Lester pianos were particularly noted for their durability and pleasing tonal quality. One of their most famous models, the Betsy Ross Spinet, was introduced after the Great Depression and became a significant success, helping the company survive through difficult economic times. The company also produced a variety of upright and grand pianos, catering to both home and institutional use.

The company ceased production in 1960, but Lester pianos remain valued today for their historical significance and solid construction. These pianos are often considered worthy candidates for restoration, with some restored models fetching considerable prices. Despite their closure, Lester pianos are still found in many homes and schools, a testament to their enduring quality and the company’s legacy in American piano manufacturing.

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