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Let’s Move The Piano! Piano Moving Primer

By July 31, 2011Uncategorized

So you’re moving. Or maybe you have just inherited or come into a piano. Or maybe you have just purchased a used piano. In any case, you need to have it moved from where it currently is to where you want it.

Go ahead and call up a few friends, get a 12-pack and order a pizza. And let’s get “piano moving”!?!?

But wait, let’s not get carried away. First, let’s talk about why you would want to venture into piano moving on your own. Maybe you are trying to save some money. Maybe you are a do-it-yourselfer by nature. Maybe you are stubborn. Maybe you don’t want to wait for a professional piano mover.

Personally, I can respect all of these reasons. However, let’s now discuss some of the innate dangers and risks of moving a piano yourself.

Piano Moving Risk/Danger #1: Personal Injury. Pianos are heavy. The average spinet weighs about three hundred to five hundred pounds. Grand Pianos and Baby Grand Piano’s can vary from five hundred pounds to a thousand pounds or more. Big old monster uprights can also weigh up to a thousand pounds. Use of improper lifting and moving techniques can very easily strain or severely damage your back. Also, imagine having a five-hundred pound weight drop down on your toe or foot.

Piano Moving Risk/Danger #2: Even more Personal Injury. Keeping the risks from #1 in mind, if your move involves stairs going up or down, consider what might happen if you were on the “underside” of the piano going up or down the stairs, and the piano got away from you. Other injuries that could occur are hernias, spinal problems, shoulder socket problems, and knee problems.

Piano Moving Risk/Danger #3: Financial Impacts. A piano represents a large investment. Even if you have lots of help and some equipment to assist, all it takes is some poor preparation or one small drop of the piano and you will be stuck with more headaches than it’s worth. Repairing a broken piano is not cheap! Not to mention if you have to replace the piano all together.

Piano Moving Risk/Danger #4: Damage to the Home/Piano. Dinged up doorways, wood floors, walls, and more are very common when attempting to move a piano on your own. In addition, I have replaced a countless number of casters and piano legs that have been broken off during do-it-yourself moves.

The moral of the story is that you need the correct equipment and need to know how to disassemble and re-assemble the piano during the move. Even with full knowledge of how-to move pianos, actually moving your piano carries with it a lot of responsibility for piano moving safety; for the movers; for others; and for the piano and its value. So, using a professional piano mover to move your piano is easy, fast, and safe solution.

A piano mover is recommended since general movers are not always familiar with pianos. In fact, many professional “general” movers actually contact professional piano movers to do the piano moving for them!

If you need a piano moved or would like information about piano moving, give us a call at (682) 222-1092 or send us an email. We have your solution! Our movers have years of experience, are fully insured, and work only with pianos. And, our rates are very competitive and reasonable–some of the best you will find in the metroplex.

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