MOVING WITH A DELICATE INSTRUMENT: YOUR PIANO
Do you hear that sound? Someone must be playing on the piano! Oh, the serenity in Beethoven’s Fur Elise piece as you hear it being played on the piano. You also imagine it with an orchestra accompaniment, the perfect combination! You suddenly realize, it must your son playing the piano and making that beautiful music. Perhaps he does not think he is that great in playing the piano but the music he makes on the piano creates calmness, like listening to the rain as it hits your window on a stormy day.
Having a piano is nice and all, but what happens when you decide to move? We know that there is a lot of planning involved in moving. You may have awkward pieces of furniture to move and delicate pieces of furniture, especially an instrument like a piano, need more thought and care for when planning for your move. More thought will be needed if you are downsizing and moving into a smaller space.
Piano is a delicate piece of furniture and you do not want to damage it when you are moving! Not to mention, they are very heavy as well.
Their sizes differ based on the type of piano they are
- Small upright piano: 300 to 400 lbs
- Big upright piano: 500 to 800 lbs
- Grand piano: 1000 to 1200 lbs
With all that weight, you surely would want to hire professional movers or invite more friends to help you out with the move. When you hire professional movers, you want to make sure they know what they are doing to keep your piano safe and undamaged. If you are moving the piano yourself, you might to know some tips on what you should do to ensure a safe piano move.
Pianos…bulky and awkward for moving?
Do not think that moving a piano from one house or another or even from one room to another is an easy job. Because really, it is rather a complicated and delicate process all due to the weight and the awkward bulkiness of this instrument. Upright pianos are usually tall while grand pianos are known for their odd shapes.
It is particularly difficult and impossible if you are trying to evenly distribute the extreme weight of the instrument. Because of this, slight shifts in any direction can bring about larger and unpredictable shifts in the balance and weight of the piano. Therefore making it tremendously difficult to turn and move the instrument around tight corners and steep stairs without causing injuries, property damage or damage to the piano itself.
Below are some things you should keep a look out for when moving your piano
- Is a dolly used? Pianos are transported to the truck using a dolly. For grand pianos, the legs are detached and the piano is balanced on its side. Upright pianos are normally moved on to the dolly as a whole piece without taking anything apart.
- Is locking strap used? Locking straps are used to secure the piano to the dolly. A second strap, hump strap, is used to pull, life and steer from the front. Sometimes a skid board is used to protect the bottom of the piano from the ground.
- Is the piano lid secure? Make sure the keyboard lid is locked down to ensure that the lid does not open during the moving and damage the keys.
- Are there blankets to wrap the piano? Wrap the piano in thick blankets or moving blankets and secure it with packing tape. This will prevent scraping on the finish and corners.
- Is the move pathway clear? Make sure the pathway when moving your piano is clear to ensure a safe move out and move in.
- Is the keyboard side padded facing the truck’s wall? You want to ensure that the keyboard side padded is facing the truck’s wall so if any case the piano gets accidentally scrapped, it only happens to the piano’s backside and does no damage to the piano’s finish.
Now that you know what things you should look out for when moving your piano, there are other problems you have to consider when planning the process to moving your piano.
- How will you get through the door?
- Will your piano be on the second floor of the house with a staircase?
As mentioned earlier, moving a piano requires a lot of planning and do not forget about the effort and manpower needed. It also requires training, muscle, and most importantly, teamwork.
Moving a piano down or up the stairs is a huge barrier. You might not have the necessary expertise in carrying out a task like this. There are other logistics you have to work out, like narrow staircases, doorway, all things need to be checked out to ensure no damage is done to your piano. Moving a piano is certainly not an easy task to do, so it is highly recommended you hire a professional piano moving service.
What are the benefits of hiring a professional mover?
- Piano moving services are better equipped to transport pianos without damage
- They offer piano moving services at affordable rates
- They have the equipment and experience in doing the job, leave it to the professionals to move your piano safely
- You stress out less and prevent injury to yourself or damage to your piano
- Moving team takes on full responsibility for the task and relevant insurance can cover any possible damage.
So what happens after you have safely and successfully moved your piano into your new home? Every time you move your piano, you will have to get it tuned regardless of how short of a distance you have moved it. Experts recommend to tune it at least a month after the move so there is more than enough time for the instrument to rest. After tuning your piano, enjoy more of that piano playing of your child’s.
Read more on how you can prepare for your move!