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    Interesting Reading Clicking on the pictures will take you to the book at amazon.com. And, if you order via this link, this humble piano technician will get a few pennies :)

cover Men, Women and Pianos: A Social History A good read with a wealth of history surrounding the piano and its incorporation into our homes and our value system. Its a Dover reprint, so you know you are getting wonderful value for the money!

There is a wealth of information about the piano in Larry Fine's The Piano Book. It will educate you about pianos and give you a real appreciation for this large and complex object in your living room. And, if you are looking for one, it is definitely a "must own".

cover The Piano Shop on the Left Bank This is a delightful read of an experience with a small piano shop in Paris. It comes from the author's own memories. It is filled with vignettes of pianos and people in all their glory. If you like, pianos, Paris, odd occurences in life, you will thoroughly enjoy this book.

Downright Upright Sorry, no picture for this link to a wonderfully illustrated history of the Canadian Piano industry. The writing is lively and there are many illustrations of pianos, factories, advertisements, and people. It is a special order book, but well worth the wait. I wish there was a book like this for the American piano industry. However, the trade in both countries was similar.

The following two books cover the Steinway story--the first, Steinway & Sons offers valuable glimpses into America's past as it chronicles the Steinway saga. The second, 88 Keys is a coffee table book that lavishly covers the construction of a Steinway piano. Both are very well written.
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cover Pianos and Their Makers is a reference book that I use a lot. This would be of interest if you just want to read short bios of the movers and shakers in the piano industry at the beginning of the 20th Century. It's a Dover reprint, also.

cover This last book is another coffee table book. Piano is filled with stunning images of pianos. Some of the pages fold out for even more spectacular views.

Read and Enjoy!

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