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#2162452 - 10/06/13 09:20 AM Tipping piano movers who tip...
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the piano on the lyre?

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#2162465 - 10/06/13 10:10 AM Re: Tipping piano movers who tip... [Re: pianoloverus]
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Well, most owners don't understand the distinction. For the members here, it's a different story.

Being informed, I would check with the moving company before I used their services. I don't think that the movers, the crew doing the work, should be denied a tip because of the method they have been taught.
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#2162522 - 10/06/13 12:40 PM Re: Tipping piano movers who tip... [Re: pianoloverus]
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They wouldn't appreciate the tip I would give them.

wink

Seriously, I have to say my perspective on lyre-tipping has shifted a little, after talking about it with the only mover in town I trust to move a grand piano. They explained to me that they determine whether it's appropriate for the piano they're moving, depending on the strength of the legs. And, when they do do it, they use the adjustable brace to support it, with lots of padding.





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#2162578 - 10/06/13 02:18 PM Re: Tipping piano movers who tip... [Re: pianoloverus]
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Actually, my OP was supposed to be an amusing use of tipping and tip as opposed to a serious question.

When my 1080 lb. Mason BB was delivered I specified that I didn't want them to tip it on the lyre. They didn't bring any special equipment to do this like some movers do, so to my surprise one of the movers went underneath the piano and supported it on his back while the third leg was being attached. The first two legs went on without any problem but the third leg didn't slide on so easily. One of the movers with a heavy Russian accent started screaming "It won't fit!" while I imagined the piano was about to fall down crushing the mover underneath it.


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#2162585 - 10/06/13 02:34 PM Re: Tipping piano movers who tip... [Re: pianoloverus]
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#2162768 - 10/06/13 10:09 PM Re: Tipping piano movers who tip... [Re: pianoloverus]
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There is no reason to tip a piano on its lyre and it's dangerous to both the piano and the people moving the piano. Good equipment and experience safely moves pianos.
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#2162800 - 10/07/13 12:10 AM Re: Tipping piano movers who tip... [Re: pianoloverus]
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The guys who moved my piano in the other day put a bunch of padding on the floor where the lyre would make contact, and I was afraid they were going to tilt it up on the lyre, but they didn't--lifted it up and over. I guess the padding was a safeguard, in case the lyre dipped too low. ???
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#2162914 - 10/07/13 09:03 AM Re: Tipping piano movers who tip... [Re: pianoloverus]
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They probably just saw you watching. It's pretty easy to tell if a piano has been set up that way before by looking at the bent attaching screws, failed glue joints or hunks of wood missing from the corner of the lyre somewhere. We use inflatable air bags to lift heavier grands in home, the same ones wrecker services use to right trucks that have turned over. Pretty tough to find help that can lift anything heavier than a cell phone these days.
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#2168683 - 10/19/13 08:56 PM Re: Tipping piano movers who tip... [Re: pianoloverus]
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J, I need more on the inflatable air bags (the ones used to lift pianos and trucks). Are there pics or a web-site?
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