The Lester Piano Company, an American standard, was established in 1888 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. These were well built affordable pianos and have many good qualities. Lester Piano Company was well know for their Grand pianos, full size uprights and the Betsy Ross Spinet. The company went out of business around 1960. These pianos are consistent and usually worthy of antique piano restoration. Lester also made Leonard, Bellaire, Cable & Sons, Channing, Gounod, Lawrence Regent Schilling, Schubert, and Alden pianos.