In case you are in Santa Barbara, California and interested in move a piano, you're likely to discover helpful resources on our website about how to move a medium to large piano. Any specialty movers that can be trusted to move a large piano safely, should initially inspect the grand piano, properly disassemble certain parts from the baby, studio or parlor grand piano and wrap and protect each part of the piano in an organized manner. Be sure any piano mover you hire will wrap the main body of the large piano in moving blankets prior to shrink wrapping the entire piano housing body.
In case you are concerned with the safety of your piano while loading in California, here are steps to consider. Initially, plan to conduct a visual inspection documenting existing piano damage. The piano moving company representative in Santa Barbara should suggest this. This inspection documents clear communication between you, the customer, and the piano movers. This is the best time to discover pre-existing damage to the parlor, studio or baby grand piano.
Whether you are interested in moving your grand piano locally in Santa Barbara or another town in California or you are moving your piano short haul movers, the movers should carefully pack all removed pieces and hardware of the large piano. First any leg supports should be removed and then the piano legs themselves. It is recommended only hand tools, be used to disassemble the large piano to prevent damage from using a power tool. All removed piano hardware should be secured in clearly labeled, plastic bags and packed along with the large piano pieces. Each piano piece should also be clearly labeled, which will help the movers, which may be a different crew, when reassembling the large piano. Prior to loading, the piano and its pieces should be wrapped in moving blankets and secured with packing tape or shrink wrap.
When moving a large piano in Santa Barbara, CA, it is important to use a piano board which is specially designed to move large pianos. Piano boards allow piano movers to use secure handles when moving the large piano. A large piano board also allows for a four wheel dolly to be securely 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 into position when going up and down ramps or negotiating vestibules. Additionally, the straps placed over the piano are then used as additional handles. Upon placement in the moving truck or trailer, the large 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 large piano to the wall.
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