Don’t Hit a Sour Note When Moving a Piano
There are many funny cartoons and movies that feature situations involving people trying to move a big heavy piano. Pianos can be very difficult to move, especially if they’re heavy antiques and heirlooms passed on from generations and you don’t utilize professionals like Carmack Moving and Storage. Here are some ways for you to move your piano to another room, or if you want to bring your piano with you as you move residences.
The grand piano is the first thing that comes to mind when people say “piano.” The strings of a grand piano are laid out horizontally along a specially-shaped case. Most grand pianos are used for ballrooms, auditoriums, music halls, and are often rented out for recitals and other formal functions.
We reminds you that the strings, keys, and hammer mechanisms of a grand piano are quite sensitive; you may accidentally cause the strings to go out of tune if you move the grand piano the wrong way. The lacquered case of a grand piano may also get pitted, chipped, or scratched.
If you do not use a professional service, you will need at least three people to move a grand piano.
To move a grand piano, follow these steps:
- Secure the lid of the piano with elastic bands or nylon straps.
- Lift the piano from the front left leg, and carefully prop it on a jack.
- Remove the front left leg, and carefully position the corner on the piano skid.
- Remove the rear left leg, and lower the piano to its flat side on the skid.
- Lift the piano up, using the edge of the piano as a lever. Once the piano is propped up on its flat side, remove the front right leg of the piano.
- Protect the piano on the skid with blankets or other padding, and secure the instrument with cables or rope.
- Move the piano very carefully while it’s secured on the skid.
It is always best to spend the money and hire a professional. Long after you have saved a little money the scratches in the lacquer remain.