Piano, Organ, and Keyboard/Lester Cabinet Grand


QUESTION: Dear Mr. Onesti,

In what year (approximately) would have a Lester Cabinet Grand S/N 36595 been built?  
Thanking you in advance, I remain
Yours truly,
J.W. Lausch


The piano was built in 1906 in Lester, PA near Philadelphia.

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QUESTION: Thank you, Mr. Onesti, for the kindness of your initial response.  However, I was remiss in asking a secondary question, specifically the availability of caster wheels for this particular piano, needing two for sure but happy with acquiring four.  I did google (is that really now an accepted verb?) "Lester piano wheels" receiving numerous hits but none that resembled the wheels that I would like to replace.  Would you be so kind as to direct me - provide web sites - as to where I might acquire Lester caster wheels for my 1906 Lester Cabinet Grand?

Again, thanking you in advance, I remain,
Yours truly,
J.W. Lausch

Hi again,

And no problem...you can ask as many times and as often as you like.

Casters aren't piano specific.

You can pick any type that suit your needs. I am constantly changing the casters on studio pianos in schools as the ones that come with the piano are generally useless.

Try going on Schaff Piano Supply's web site and look around.

If you have a registered technician, they can certainly help.

Casters come in two styles, the ones that are a single unit with the cup receiver and caster that do not separate, and the ones where the stems literally pop out with a gentle coaxing from a sturdy screw driver (prying).

If you have the single unit then new cups, which usually come with the casters will have to be installed. That means putting the piano on its back...we do it all the time!

For a registered tech in your area, go to http://www.ptg.org There you will find a technician locator.

Let me know if I can help further.

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I am a Registered/tested member of the Piano Technicians Guild (RPT) with 49 years of experience in all phases and levels of the acoustic piano. I will answer any questions regarding acoustic pianos only. All questions and answers are to remain public. Please to not include sensitive material! If they are marked private, I will change them to public. My answers may be of assistance to others. If privacy is an issue, please contact me through my web site: http://www.onestipiano.com Electronic keyboards, organs, and player/reproducing piano mechanisms are outside of my expertise. Anything to do with: Construction, Service, Tuning, Climate Control Systems, Piano Disc, Purchasing, Selling, Insurance Appraisal, Rebuilding, Repairs, Legal issues, Maintenance, Environmental issues, Finish issues with acoustic pianos. My full resume can be found at: http://onestipiano.com/pages/history.html You can like us on Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/onestipianoservice


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