Pianos were heavy and expensive to import to New Zealand, so Frederick Howell's piano-making workshop in Dunedin was able to survive for almost 50 years from the 1860s. However by 1898, when this photograph was taken, local manufacturing costs were rising while the cost of imported instruments was dropping. Howell's workshop went out of business about 10 years later. Most other workshops making handcrafted products for local sale disappeared around the same period.
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