for Manufacturing Piano-fortes by The Society of Journeyman Piano-forte Makers is a fascinating book reprinted by the American Musical Instrument Society. It also includes a list of New York piano, musical instrument makers, etc. plus a translated leaflet of what German Emigrants should do when traveling to America from 1833.
The information contained is fascinating in that it delineates prices for the finest details of the various steps of making a piano. The stuff on veneering is interesting and the book gives a good idea of what it cost to get things one. And because it is piece work for the various parts it can give insight to the time it took for various tasks and the compensation for each step.
I recommend the book to anyone interest in the minutia of the trade, and at $25.00 including postage and shipping it is well worth the money, and you know how cheap I am. I saw a flyer hanging on a bulletin board when at the Piano Technicians Guild convention in Las Vegas at the end of June and sent them a check. Got the book this morning and have been pursuing it with relish.