There is no piece of furniture or other aesthetic musical instruments like a grand piano. Not only that, but the sound quality of a grand piano cannot be mimicked by any other. To own a grand piano is a privilege not to be taken lightly.
As such, moving a piano of this stature should involve a great deal of consideration and care. We’ve laid out everything you need to know below.
What you will need to move a grand piano
The best investment you can make to transport your grand piano to a new home is a piano mover. They know how to keep your piano safe and get it out of the house without accidents. Their tools can easily handle the mass of your instrument, and they understand how to make the best path.
If you choose not to use a moving service, then you’ll need three to five people and a lot of moving blankets. Grand pianos don’t work well on traditional moving dollies, so you must carry it. Keep in mind, a grand piano weighs upwards of 500 kilograms, so this is no easy task.
Process of moving a grand piano
There are four primary steps to move a grand piano. First, you must disassemble it. Then you wrap it and move it. Finally, you load the grand piano into the moving truck. Even though we don’t recommend undertaking this process on your own, keep reading for the full description of how to move a grand piano.
Disassemble the piano
First, you need to remove the lid of the grand piano. This breakdown begins by removing the hinge pins and then unscrewing the screws holding the plate onto the piano body. Once you do this, carefully wrap the lid in blankets to prevent scratches or other damage.
Then, it’s time to remove the legs. Here, every grand piano is slightly different. Look underneath for the leg with a number 1 next to it. This labeled side is the leg to remove first.
To disconnect the legs, lower the piano down onto the side with the leg labeled 1. One or two people must hold the piano on its side while another unscrews the legs. Remove all three legs in this fashion. After they’re detached, cover them in blankets or other packing material for protection.
After disassembling the piano, you can lie it flat on the ground. Have your moving blankets already on the ground underneath the keyboard to avoid having to lift it more times than necessary.
Wrap the piano in moving blankets
This step is to protect the exterior from bangs or damages during the move. Attach the blankets securely enough that they don’t slide off and fall. As you cover the grand piano, be sure that there are still places to hold onto the instrument.
Carefully move the grand piano
You will need between three and five people for this step. Remember, these beautiful, expensive instruments are heavy!
Walk carefully and take frequent breaks to allow everyone to reset and regrip. Better slow and safe than sorry.
Load the piano into the truck
Before lifting the piano up into the van for transport, you must lay blankets on the floor for it to rest on top of while you drive. Forgetting this step can lead to scratches and damages on the outside of your keyboard. Even worse, harsh bumps can jar the working parts and ruin the music.
Don’t risk injuring yourself
Think about it, are you willing to risk being caught under a 500-kilogram object sliding downstairs on top of you? How much is your pride worth to move a piano on your own? Chances are, when you look at the situation and assess the potential damages rationally, this is not a project worth doing on your own.
Hiring a professional piano mover guarantees that the situation will be smooth and safe. Their tools, practice, and insurance make the entire process faster and more efficient, on top of reducing the risks to zero.
Your expensive grand piano and risking injury to just one body are not worth the challenge of doing the move yourself. Let us, your professional grand piano team, help keep everything – and everyone – functioning and damage-free.