In this new blog entry I would like to give away some few useful instructions on how to safely move any kind of piano. But before I start I would like to remind everyone with even a very thorough knowledge of how-to move pianos, that actually moving your piano comes with a lot of responsibility for not only the safety of the movers but for the piano itself and its value.
Pianos are not small instrument like the cello or the violin. They are 4 foot 6 inches to 6 foot 6 inches long. Even a small upright piano can weigh more than 350 pounds and Grand pianos can weigh anywhere from 500-1000 pounds. Since these beautiful instruments are extremely heavy and their finishes can easily get scratched, dented and nicked, when moving a piano a great distance, the best and safest way is to hire a professional.
However if you want to move your piano from one end of the room to another, here are some simple steps to save your time and your back. Things you’ll need:
- work gloves
- measuring tape
Choose a suitable new location for your piano and plan your route from start to finish before begin moving the instrument. Make sure that you have a clear the path to your destination. Pianos are sensitive to temperature so if possible don’t place your instrument near window or fireplace so when choosing a new location bear in mind these factors.
First of all position the lid and lock it into place before you start your move and don’t forget to lock down the keyboard lid, if there is one. The last thing you want is to have the lid slammed down on your hands.
You will probably need at least two people and piano casters. Place the casters on the bottom of your piano and when you begin to move, go slowly with one person on each end. For safety reasons, one person per 100 pounds is recommended for all upright piano moves.
Teamwork and positioning is crucial when manoeuvring a piano. Be sure each person takes an end and lift up a different part of the piano at the same time, and lifts firmly underneath the body of the instrument. If at any time the piano feels out of balance, just shout ‘stop!’ and coordinate everyone to gently set the piano down.
When turning the instrument, always stay on the inside of the turn and keep the back of the piano on the inside of the turn. Also make sure that you are moving your piano end ways and not sideways to avoid rolling the instrument over someone’s foot or break a leg off of your instrument.
Protect yourself all the time. Don’t end too far while handling the piano. Always remember to lift with your knees bent and your back straight. Also take your time. Moving a piano is a difficult process and not a race. Slow and steady will win in the end.
Hope you find the above information useful. If you have further questions regarding piano moving, or should you wish to book a tuning, repair, servicing or removals, please do not hesitate to get in touch via the website.
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