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How to Move a Piano
Many cartoons and comedy movies feature many funny 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. 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.
Moving a Grand Piano
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.
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.
You 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.
Moving an Upright Piano
Most piano owners have an upright piano. Unlike a grand piano, the upright piano is more compact and easier to move. The strings of an upright piano are arranged vertically on the case, and the piano itself can be moved by coasters or wheels installed at the base.
The hammer mechanisms of upright pianos are much more complex that grand pianos; the levers and springs are much more prone to damage when moving the piano, which can cause the instrument to go out of tune when the piano is not moved properly and carefully.
Two people are enough to move an upright piano. To move an upright piano, follow these steps:
- Lock the lid of the case, and close the lid that protects the keys.
- Have a partner move the piano from one end of the case, while you push or pull the piano from the other end.
- Upright pianos should be moved along the ends of the case, and not from the sides. Move the instrument very slowly to avoid damage to the strings or the hammer mechanisms.
- If you need to move the piano up or down stairs, always use an inclined plane. Do not attempt to lift or drag the instrument along stairs, because you may risk damaging the levers.and hammers of the instrument.
Moving a piano is slow, hard work, and you need to move the instrument properly to avoid physical injuries and damage to the . After you have moved the piano, you can take a relaxing reward by playing a few lines to calm your body and your mind.