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More pianistic times
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"By the third quarter of the nineteenth century, New York had become 'the national city': . . . boasting 2,621 blacksmiths, 6,307 boot- and shoe-makers, 9,501 dressmakers, 5,978 merchants, 1,232 lawyers, and 855 piano makers." The author later says that half a million people lived in slum tenements, more than half the city's population. So that was about a thousand piano makers for a potential piano-purchasing population of somewhat less than 500,000, or one piano maker per 500 people. That's a lot of piano makers, absolutely and proportionally.
[Wagner, Erica. Engineer: Washington Roebling, p. 8]


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Except that they made pianos for a lot more people than just the inhabitants of New York.


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Thank you, BDB, for reminding me of that --


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