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#1349939 - 01/14/10 10:48 PM lester grand
spaculey Offline
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Registered: 01/18/09
Posts: 7
Loc: rock springs
hello,
i was contacted by a very close family friend about a lester baby grand piano that was inherited and he has no room and was wondering if i wanted. the grand is 5' 1" around there i think. it has ivory keys and the family bought it brand new around the 1920's i have looked at the piano and played it. the sound is great for being small. but i dont know if it is worth it.

hope to hear
P.S. could you tell me about the brand?

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#1350064 - 01/15/10 12:54 AM Re: lester grand [Re: spaculey]
Pianolance Offline
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Lester was a good maker, the pride of Philly, but it was no Steinway. Like any piano of this vintage, it could be passable or it could be a disaster, but unless it's been recently rebuilt, it probably won't be fabulous. That doesn't mean that it wouldn't be worth having, just go in with your eyes open. A piano, even if free, can be a money pit. It's not at all unheard of to put $20,000 into a restoration. That of course is the high end. Have it checked by a technician and hopefully it will be a gem. Good luck with it.
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#1350088 - 01/15/10 01:19 AM Re: lester grand [Re: Pianolance]
Rich Galassini Online   content
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Originally Posted By: Pianolance
Lester was a good maker, the pride of Philly, but it was no Steinway. Like any piano of this vintage, it could be passable or it could be a disaster, but unless it's been recently rebuilt, it probably won't be fabulous. That doesn't mean that it wouldn't be worth having, just go in with your eyes open. A piano, even if free, can be a money pit. It's not at all unheard of to put $20,000 into a restoration. That of course is the high end. Have it checked by a technician and hopefully it will be a gem. Good luck with it.


Pianolance - you are "spot on"!!
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