There is a very specific procedure a professional mover that is trustworthy and experienced will use when preparing for and moving a grand piano for a customer. Unfortunately there are inexperienced or less reputable moving companies, which may not be prepared or willing to take the time to bring the appropriate moving equipment for a grand piano to the job site. Moving a grand piano is not a simple task and requires some knowledge about the instrument, as well as patience to thoroughly inspect the grand piano, properly disassemble certain parts from the grand piano, wrap and protect each part in an organized manner, in addition to wrapping the main body of the grand piano in moving blankets prior to shrink wrapping the entire grand piano housing body.
Prior to any work being done, it is recommended that you and your moving company representative should together take the time to conduct a thorough visual inspection of the piano for any existing damage. This inspection allows adequate time to have clear communication between you, the customer, and your moving company. The inspection is the moving companies opportunity to discover, document and inform you of any pre-existing damage to the grand piano prior to the move. Identifying existing damage prior to work commencing is an important, and often skipped step, which can significantly reduce the amount of frustration both a piano owner and/or piano moving company may have if there are disagreements about suspected damage that may have occurred during the move, that was actually already there.
Whether you are interested in moving your grand piano locally in the same town or a town nearby, or you are looking to move your grand piano across the country or worldwide, specialized moving equipment and packing material is made available to the professional moving industry to safely transport grand pianos. Movers should place all removed piano hardware in plastic bags which should then be promptly labeled and packed along with the piano pieces. Each piece should be clearly labeled, which will help the movers when it comes time to reassemble the piano at the new home you are moving to, or its ultimate destination. These pieces may be appropriately secured with packing tape or shrink wrap. First any leg supports should be removed and then the piano legs themselves should be removed. It is highly recommended only hand tools, such as a hand phillips or flat head screwdriver, be used to disassemble and assemble the piano to avoid damage from an over-powered or misplaced power tool, which could easily damage the grand piano even prior to its transport by the professional moving crew.
A piano board is specially designed to move certain types of pianos. You can hand carry it more easily because it has handles and it also allows for a four wheel dolly to be strapped underneath. The combination of piano board and four wheel dolly makes the piano easier and safer to handle and maneuver, particularly with regard to “spinning” the piano. The roller allows the piano optimal positioning throughout the move until it is secured. Additionally, the straps that are placed over the piano to secure it are then used as handles to grip throughout the process of getting the piano to the transport vessel. Upon placement in the moving truck or trailer, the piano should be placed in a sturdy position along the wall. A moving truck should have tie-down points where ratcheting straps can secure the piano to the wall. Depending on the scenario, it is often the case that a different moving crew will be assembling the piano, in which case it is even more important to pack the piano and its pieces in an organized and intuitive manner with properly and clearly labeled hardware components and piano pieces. Pieces should be wrapped in moving blankets and loaded onto the truck.
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