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#2217773 - 01/20/14 05:38 PM moving a piano
adultpianist Offline
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I may be moving to a new flat (apartment). I have a piano. Are there special removal people that deal in transporting pianos? Its only a digital but it cost a bit and if it got damaged in the move, I could not afford to buy another one.

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#2217790 - 01/20/14 06:02 PM Re: moving a piano [Re: adultpianist]
spanishbuddha Offline
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Yes there are professional piano movers. I also have an expensive digital and it was delivered by piano movers, arranged by the music store I purchased it from.

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#2217794 - 01/20/14 06:19 PM Re: moving a piano [Re: spanishbuddha]
adultpianist Offline
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mine came flat packed and the guy screwed it together. I would not have a clue how to unscrew it, let alone screw it back in the new place

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#2217803 - 01/20/14 06:25 PM Re: moving a piano [Re: adultpianist]
spanishbuddha Offline
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Originally Posted By: adultpianist
mine came flat packed and the guy screwed it together. I would not have a clue how to unscrew it, let alone screw it back in the new place

Does not sound like a quality DP to me smile Just saying.

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#2217811 - 01/20/14 06:39 PM Re: moving a piano [Re: adultpianist]
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Originally Posted By: adultpianist
I may be moving to a new flat (apartment). I have a piano. Are there special removal people that deal in transporting pianos? Its only a digital but it cost a bit and if it got damaged in the move, I could not afford to buy another one.
Call a local music store, preferably one that sells pianos, and ask them to recommend a mover.
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#2217822 - 01/20/14 07:08 PM Re: moving a piano [Re: spanishbuddha]
adultpianist Offline
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Originally Posted By: spanishbuddha
Originally Posted By: adultpianist
mine came flat packed and the guy screwed it together. I would not have a clue how to unscrew it, let alone screw it back in the new place

Does not sound like a quality DP to me smile Just saying.


I never said it was quality but it is what I have to play on.

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#2217825 - 01/20/14 07:17 PM Re: moving a piano [Re: adultpianist]
earlofmar Online   content
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Loc: Australia
perhaps ask your local piano store to move it or at least quote dismantle and wrapping (perhaps bubble wrap)
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#2217893 - 01/20/14 09:59 PM Re: moving a piano [Re: adultpianist]
Charles Cohen Offline
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With a screwed-together digital console, there's a lot to be said for:

. . . Disassemble the case;

. . Move the top mechanism (the "guts") wrapped in blankets;

. . . Move the woodwork separately;

. . . re-assemble in the new apartment.

_Anybody_ can handle that move, no special skills needed.

I agree with several previous posts -- phone music stores. They may recommend movers, or may supply somebody to disassemble / re-assemble the case. Or they may say:

. . . "Oh, the Veblefetzer X-59 -- you'll _never_ get that
. . . case apart! Better call a piano mover."

One thing you should consider:

. . . Almost _any_ digital piano is _way_ lighter than almost
. . . any acoustic piano.

So it's much easier to move.

. Charles

PS -- "almost any" excludes "grand-piano-styled" digital consoles. A Roland HP507 (pretty substantial for a console DP) weighs 177 lbs. A Yamaha AvantGrand N3 weighs 438 lbs -- "piano mover's job", for sure.

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#2217919 - 01/20/14 11:10 PM Re: moving a piano [Re: adultpianist]
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I think most digital pianos can be moved with two people fairly easily, especially if they can figure out how to unscrew the stand. (with the exception of the monsters Charles mentions smile ). I'm pretty sure your music store can recommend a couple of guys.
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#2217969 - 01/21/14 02:25 AM Re: moving a piano [Re: Morodiene]
adultpianist Offline
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Or the piano could be moved as it is without taking it apart. That would be better. What I do not want is that when the moving men carry it down the stairs they are not careful and bump it or drop it, but mind you, removal firms are used to moving very expennsive items of furniture that costs three or four times as mine so they are well trained and know what they are doing. Millionaires who move house for instance must have top quality movers as they have top quality furniture.

Imagine if I had a large Steineway Grand to move !!!

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#2217984 - 01/21/14 03:45 AM Re: moving a piano [Re: adultpianist]
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"Imagine if I had a large Steineway Grand to move !!!"

You push and I`ll shove . . . . down`t stairs wi` it, lad; hurry it up, we ain`t got all day . . CRRRRAAASHHH! . . Oh deary deary me - time for a cup o` tea . .


Edited by peterws (01/21/14 03:46 AM)
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#2218180 - 01/21/14 12:31 PM Re: moving a piano [Re: peterws]
adultpianist Offline
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Originally Posted By: peterws
"Imagine if I had a large Steineway Grand to move !!!"

You push and I`ll shove . . . . down`t stairs wi` it, lad; hurry it up, we ain`t got all day . . CRRRRAAASHHH! . . Oh deary deary me - time for a cup o` tea . .


No if you are from Northern England you do not have a cup o tea you have a brew lol

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#2218397 - 01/21/14 06:11 PM Re: moving a piano [Re: adultpianist]
peterws Online   content
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Loc: Northern England.
Originally Posted By: adultpianist
Originally Posted By: peterws
"Imagine if I had a large Steineway Grand to move !!!"

You push and I`ll shove . . . . down`t stairs wi` it, lad; hurry it up, we ain`t got all day . . CRRRRAAASHHH! . . Oh deary deary me - time for a cup o` tea . .


No if you are from Northern England you do not have a cup o tea you have a brew lol


You sound just like my son. And his little daughters . . . But to correct the rhyme, "(shrug) Looks like we`re through; time for a brew"


Edited by peterws (01/21/14 06:14 PM)
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#2218434 - 01/21/14 07:11 PM Re: moving a piano [Re: adultpianist]
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Loc: Reseda, California
Professional piano movers are mostly necessary for grands. They have to know how to put the legs and pedals back together properly, and they must have the special padded boards that strap to the bass sides of grands of various lengths.

For uprights and digitals, anyone capable of moving objects that are both delicate and heavy will do. Do you have Angie's List there?:

https://my.angieslist.com/angieslist/login.aspx
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#2218484 - 01/21/14 09:09 PM Re: moving a piano [Re: adultpianist]
Mr Super-Hunky Offline
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Loc: Arizona.
I have a very heavy digital Roland that I've moved many times. It is extremely simple. Just unscrew two screws and disconnect a couple cables. That's it. The stand is one piece and the keyboard is separate. Two people holding each end can move each piece anywhere, easily. No professional help is needed, just another person and possibly the ability to walk backwards at times.

Wrap a bed comforter or moving blanket around it just to be safe. I move mine in my cars backseat with no problems. Nothing even moves around.

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