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Long Distance Piano Moves :

Who Does It and How Does It Work?
In North America, generally the larger fleet van lines have the proper license to ship heavy loads across the state lines and provinces. They must have the proper equipment and carry enough insurance. Smaller piano moving companies arrange these moves by contracting the larger van lines.

Most companies charge by a 1000 lb. Min. weight requirement. The price typically includes $5000 worth of insurance & includes a house to house move (not just cartage). Make sure they agree to have the piano blanket wrapped & strapped to the side of the trailer.

If you move only the piano, you have to wait for “carrier convenience”, i.e. the piano won’t be shipped until the trailer going to your destination is full. This can take up to 2 weeks from the time of the booking.

Cartage fees are based on weight and distance. The more weight it carries for you, the less the fee. Therefore, it is actually much cheaper and faster to move your piano along with your entire contents of your house than it is to move the piano alone. Also, since the truck will be at capacity, the move can be scheduled almost immediately.

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Pre Piano Move (Before the move)
Take very detailed photos of the piano. You will need these for proof in case any damage is done to the piano during the move.

Moving contract
For a cross-country move, try having the following conditions added to your moving contract:

(1) The piano will not be transferred at shipping terminals across the country, and will not be unloaded off the 18-wheeler trailer once it has been initially loaded on.

(2) The piano will be blanket wrapped, and strapped to the side of the trailer.

(3) The trailer will be one of the "computer air-ride" trailers that maintain a constant, controlled air environment. (There exists such trailers which are designed to handle computers and other instruments)

(4) Insure the piano for its full replacement value.

(1) Take a photo of the piano in the trailer as it is being unloaded.

(2) Check the piano thoroughly for any visible damage. If you see any, make sure you note it on the delivery receipt before you sign it.

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Storing a Piano :

The best advice about storing a piano is not to do it if you can help it, or to store it with a friend who will use it and take good care of it. Storing a piano involves extra moving and an uncertain environment, and certainly doesn't improve the instrument, to say the least.

Still, there are times when storing a piano is unavoidable, such as when you have to move out of your house before the movers are scheduled for the long-distance haul (in which case they will pick up and store your goods for you) or when you arrive in a new city before you've found a permanent place to live.

Most cities and towns have self-storage places where you can rent cubicles of various sizes. When choosing one, it's preferable that it be at least minimally heated, though an unheated space is by far better than one that is overheated. Typical cubicle sizes might be 8 x 8 x 6 feet or 5 x 10 x 8 feet. Smaller cubicle sizes may not have a big enough door. Also be sure that the cubicle you're given is not upstairs and does not have an overhead entrance requiring a ladder, moveable stairs, or forklift.

Storage In an Unheated Space
Many people keep pianos in summer homes or cottages and wonder how to protect the piano in the winter when the place is unheated. The conventional wisdom is that pianos should never be allowed to freeze, but any technician will tell you that pianos left unheated year after year are often in better condition than those in well-heated houses, the latter usually suffering from the effects of overdryness.

A couple of ways to absorb dampness that often accompanies low temperatures:
- Place some mothballs in the piano (but don't let them touch the finish), close up the piano and leave it as is, or
- Put some chewing tobacco in a cheesecloth sack and hang it inside the piano

Storing a Grand Piano On Its Side
Storing a grand piano on its side is alright in temporary situations, but not advisable for long periods of time. It would be best to have a piano tuner remove the action, wrap it in plastic, and put it on a flat surface. When an action is stored on its side for that long, the weight of the hammers can cause the shanks to warp toward the bass, messing up the hammer alignment.

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The Effects of Piano Moving and Piano Storage :

A piano is hoisted out of a third-story window, trucked across the province, and later that day hoisted into a fifth-floor apartment. After the movers leave, the pianist sits down to play and is surprised to find the piano in very good tune. Two weeks later, the piano sounds terrible.

This common scenario is due to the fact that it is not generally the physical moving of the piano that puts it out of tune- it is the change in humidity from one location to another, and this change takes anywhere from a few days to a few weeks to show its effect.

For this reason, you should wait at least 2 weeks after moving before having the piano tuned. Only with some of the cheaper and smaller apartment size pianos will the actual physical moving affect the tuning directly.

Grand piano pedals are frequently out of kilter after a move. Shims of leather or cardboard used to take up slack in the trapwork often fall out when the lyre is removed. Also, less careful movers sometimes mix up the order of the pedal rods that rise from the back of the pedals. These rods are not always equal in length and so may not be interchangeable. Pedal dowels in verticals also sometimes fall out of place. It is a fairly simple matter for your piano technician to correct.

Special note: If your grand piano has lyre braces (which it should), be sure the movers remember to put them back on. Movers often forget and leave them in the truck, never to be seen again.

Other Effects
The effects of moving, except those mentioned above, are very unpredictable, especially if there is a large difference in humidity between the old and new locations.

Warning: A piano that has been in a damp or unheated place for many years should never be moved to a dry or well-heated location. Such pianos are known to self-destruct in a short time.

One additional item to check on a grand piano before moving:
Because a grand is placed on its side to be moved, a narrow wooden rail called a key stop rail is mounted on top of the keys, behind the fallboard, to prevent the keys from falling off the key frame during moving. If the key stop rail is missing or not securely installed, as sometimes happens, the keys will be in terrible disarray and completely unplayable after moving. A technician can fix this, but it may take awhile to remove the action from the piano. If you know you're going to be moving, have your technician check the key stop rail before you move.

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