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Why Not To Move a Piano Yourself :

Hire a Professional Piano Mover!Many movers like to tell stories like this one:

A young woman asked her father to help her move a piano from one place to another in her house. Her father got a couple of his friends to come along and they brought a dolly. While they were lifting the piano - a full-size vertical -- it tipped back too far and got away from them. While it was falling, its upper corner dug down through the wall. The trench it made was deep enough to sever an electric conduit, which shorted and began to burn. The "movers" were unable to stop the fire, which also spread to the floor below, another person's apartment. After the fire department was done, there was little left of the two apartments .... and the piano.

Obviously, this is an extreme example of the damage that can be inflicted when moving a piano in do-it-yourself fashion. Even if you don't burn down your house, there is a substantial risk of personal injury, not to mention damage to the piano.

All Pianos are extremely heavy. The average console or spinet could weigh anywhere from three hundred to five hundred pounds, full-size uprights at about seven hundred, and sometimes as much as a thousand.

Grand Pianos can weigh from about five hundred to a thousand pounds, though a concert grand may weigh as much as thirteen hundred pounds. If it were simply a matter of weight, though, all it would take would be enough strong people to do the job. Unfortunately, along with the weight come problems of balance and inertia, knowledge of which can make all the difference in doing a moving job safely and efficiently. Piano moving may conjure up images of men with monstrous arms and huge torsos, but actually two or three people of average build can do most piano moving jobs - even grands if they have some brains, experience, the right equipment, and a knowledge of just when and where to apply a little force.

So, the task of moving a piano is not just a matter of weight. The asymmetric shape, the fragility of the outer cabinet and inner mechanics, the uneven distribution of parts -- all this and more demands not only proper equipment, but also an understanding of the unique dynamics of balance and inertia that pianos pose.

Attempting to move a piano by yourself may easily result in a costly trip to the doctor for both you and your piano.

Don't take chances, hire a professional!

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Piano Moving Tips :

You should use friends for moving your piano only if you really cannot afford to pay professional movers. Paying a professional piano moving company might well be worth the money you might save on paying for damaged pianos and bodies! And don't even think about moving a grand piano across town, let alone up and down stairs, without professional help!

Pianos should not be moved on there back as this can damage the internal workings. They can however be moved on there end. This can be benificial for manouvering around tight stairwells or anywhere where there is limited turning space. (Info is for upright pianos only)

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How to Move a Piano :

Piano Moving NY New YorkMoving a Piano around a Room :
1 - Make sure the piano you want to move is easily accessible from all sides.
2 - Make sure the new location you have have chosen is suitable for the piano. Do not move it into cold drafts or close to heating devices.
3 - Lower the lid and lock it before you start moving.
4 - Position at least one person on each end of the piano if you are moving an upright piano.
5 - Move the piano endways, not sideways.
6 - Make sure you do not bend your back when handling the piano to avoid severe back strain or injury. Lift with your knees bent and your back straight.
7 - Be certain there are no obstacles in the way the piano is moving.
8 - Be careful not to strain the legs of the piano if you have to move it on carpeting or over a threshold.
9 - Move the piano slowly and carefully, just a few inches at a time.
10 - Put at least three people around a grand piano, one at each leg.
11 - Take enough weight off the casters to make it roll more easily, but do not lift it off the floor.
12 - Make sure you lift the casters over bumps in the floor, one leg at a time.

Moving an Upright Piano From Room to Room or House to House :
1 - Assign a team of four movers and place two at each end of the piano. Let no one other than your assigned movers touch the piano.
2 - Make sure none of the movers has a history of back problems.
3 - Make sure your helpers are wearing work gloves to protect their hands.
4 - Cover the piano with protective plastic if you have to move it outside for transport.
5 - Make sure the lid is down and locked.
6 - Give your movers very specific instructions on how and where to move the piano safely.
7 - Put the piano on a heavy-duty dolly. This will preserve tuning. It will also keep movers from damaging the piano or your home.
8 - Remember to lift and roll the piano endways.
9 - Keep hold of the handle behind the piano all the time it is rolling.
10 - Be careful rolling the dolly over thresholds and door jambs.
11 - Make certain that the piano won't tip over by being pushed over any obstacle too fast.

Moving a Grand Piano from House to House :
1 - Lift one end of the piano being sure to use the built in lift points. Place this end on one of the dollies.
2 - Lift the other end of the piano using the built in lift points Place this end on the other dolly.
3 - Drape the piano with the furniture pads to prevent rubbing and scratching. A felt blanket, that is free of debris, should be used for highly polished pianos.
4 - Secure the piano to each dolly strapping completely around and under the dolly so that the strap secures the dolly to the piano.
5 - Run a strap across the key lid and down under both dollies. This will secure the lid and the dollies from moving during transport.
6 - Piano should be freely movable now over most surfaces. The piano will remain secured this way for the rest of the journey. The rubber or inflated wheels also act as a vibration and shock dampening during transport.
7 - Wheel piano to hydraulic lift.
8 - Raise lift with one or more persons securing piano on lift. Do NOT leave piano unattended at any time.
9 - Wheel piano to the farthest forward part of the truck. Center piano with the back of the piano against the farthest forward wall.
10 - Strap piano to walls with 2 straps making certain that forward and side to side motion is COMPLETELY prevented.
11 - Reverse procedure for moving piano into new home.

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Local or Long Distance Piano Moves :

As with most other services, the best way to find a piano mover is by word-of-mouth referral from another piano owner or from your piano technician.

Some movers move only pianos. Some move all kinds of household goods as well as pianos. Some don't know the first thing about piano moving. You should only hire a professional piano mover if you want your piano to be safe.

Piano moving requires specialized skills, equipment and experience to be done properly and problem free.

Getting the cheapest quote should not be the determining factor in your decision. This is definitely a case where you get what you pay for.

Do it right. Hire a professional piano mover!

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How Pianos Are Moved :

Unless the piano is very small and light, it is almost always placed on a special skid called a piano board. The piano is covered with blankets and strapped to the board. If the piano is to be moved over a level surface for any distance, the piano board is put on a dolly (a small platform on wheels) and rolled to its destination, such as a truck or stairway. At the stairway, the dolly is removed and the piano is slid in a very slow and controlled manner up or down the stairs.

How Pianos Are MovedA grand piano is moved on its side, straight side down. First the lid and the pedal lyre are removed. Then the leg at the straight side of the piano is removed and the piano is carefully lowered down to the piano board. After the remaining 2 legs are removed, the piano is covered with blankets and strapped to the board. Stripped down in this manner, a grand piano is quite thin and will actually fit through a door or other opening very easily.

When a piano must be moved to or from a floor other than the first, many movers prefer to hoist or rig it rather than move it up or down stairs. Believe it or not, moving a piano by stairs is actually more dangerous, both to the piano and to the movers, than hoisting it through an upper-story window with a crane. Most movers will consent to moving by stairs when only one flight is involved, or when no other alternative is possible. Of course, if the building has a freight elevator that can support the piano, that method is preferred over all others.

Basically, it is the customer's responsibility to make sure the piano will fit in its new location. This means not expecting a piano to be hoisted in a window that's too small, or carried down a stairway with too low an overhang, or moved around a corner that's too tight.

Corners are the hardest to judge because they can't be easily measured. An experienced mover can usually judge these situations pretty accurately by eye and may prefer to visit the moving sites prior to moving day if there is any question about the difficulty of the job. This probably won't be possible if the move is a long-distance one. If the piano won't fit in its intended location, the customer will have to pay for its delivery back to its point of departure, to an alternate destination, or to storage.

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