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Packing And Moving Your Delicate And Expensive Piano

Pianos are large and heavy, but they are very delicate musical instruments that are composed of hundreds of tiny parts from the keys to the strings and hammers. They are expensive and rough handling can ruin their sound. Piano moving can be a very tough endeavor for many people. And if you are one of them, you will surely need all the right professional help that you could possibly get. However, if you have decided to do it yourself, then this section will give you some basics piano moving tips. Even if you possess full knowledge on how to move pianos, always remember that actually moving your piano carries with it a lot of responsibility for the movers, for the piano and its value.

Consider the weight

Before moving, you need to be aware of the weight of the piano being moved before you move it so that you will have the adequate manpower on hand to move it. The weight of the piano mostly comes from its cast iron harp that holds the strings. Small upright pianos only weigh 300 to 400 lbs. because they have a smaller cast iron harp. Big uprights run from 500 lbs. to 800 lbs, while grand pianos run anywhere up to 1200 lbs. If you have a piano which is big upright piano over 48' high or 6' long or longer, then we suggest that they should always be moved by professional piano movers just because of their extreme weight.

Manpower

The number of people needed to move a piano depends on the piano size and weight and if any actual piano carrying is to be done. Even if you are using a dolly, you need people to move it, especially on inclines and steps. At least 3 men are needed when moving even a small piano because one man controls the light side and 2 men need to be positioned on the heavy side of the incline to handle this weight expression.          

Piano casters

Though pianos have metal casters, they should not be rolled around on them. The casters are just decorative and not very functional. Casters are quite small and the way that a piano is constructed they're spaced on the 3 or 4 corners of the piano so that all of the piano's weight is centered between them. As the piano sits in one place, over time, the casters tend to deteriorate.  So they can easily jam up on you when you go to push the piano on them, which may cause the leg to break. Also, they can easily gouge your new hardwood floors finish or even tear your carpeting.

Using a Dolly

Using a dolly is simply the easiest way to move a piano around. Not only it can be used move a piano over level ground or on inclines, it can also move on cobblestones, gravel, sand or any other slightly uneven grounds. Make the initial preparations by covering the piano keys and pedals with a pads and blankets and secure it with tape. Then cover the rest of the piano from all sides using a moving blanket and secure it in place using tape. After securing, hoist the piano on the dolly with the help of your team. Don’t forget to bend the knees to prevent hurting your backs. The piano’s weight should be centrally supported by the dolly and it should be properly balanced.

Grand pianos, on the other hand, have to be dismantled first by removing their legs, music rack and the lyre and then it can be placed on the dolly by mounting them on their long side. This is a very involved process and it requires skilled persons to do it, so we suggest to hire a piano moving company when you have to move a grand piano.

Moving on Steps

If one or more steps are involved, pianos can be moved on them by slight tipping and then place on the dolly, however, if more steps are involved, you and your team will have to carry the piano and move it. This is the reason we try to convince you to not move your piano yourself. Once the piano is being carried, even if it is only being raised or lowered 1 or 2 steps at a time, it can very easily go out of balance which can result in severe injury and/or piano damage.

Loading in on the truck

The piano can be dollied up the ramp or lift-gated up onto the truck. Then, once on the truck, the upright piano has to be dismounted from the dolly and placed on its feet, keyboard side padded and facing into the wall of the truck. If the piano gets accidentally scraped it only happens to either piano's backside which does no damage to the piano's finish. Don’t forget to belt the piano to the truck's wall to secure it for driving. Never truck a piano on its dolly because it might break loose and roll around in the truck causing terrible damage while it's being driven.

Still think it sounds simple? The above instructions can help you with piano moving, but we still suggest to hire professional piano moving company so as to avoid any injury to yourself or damage to your piano while moving it. Moverfolders offers specialty movers, who are experienced in piano moving and who will make sure that no harm comes to your precious piano when it is moved.

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