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#48112 - 05/31/06 12:32 PM Q: Can an upright piano be carried/ transported on its side?
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Registered: 06/03/04
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Hi, I'm wondering if it's going to be detrimental to an upright piano to stand / be carried on its side. Essentially, it needs to negotiate a narrow stairway with turns. I'm concerned because it's a very nice Bluthner I'm considering. it will bring me much heartache if the piano is hurt (internally or externally) along the way.

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#48113 - 05/31/06 12:54 PM Re: Q: Can an upright piano be carried/ transported on its side?
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My Bluthner upright had to be stood on end to get it into our cottage - didn't do it any harm! As long as the removers know what they're doing there should be no problem. Good luck!
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#48114 - 05/31/06 08:47 PM Re: Q: Can an upright piano be carried/ transported on its side?
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Is the stairway carpeted or hardwood??? Soft carpet or indoor/outdoor??

Recomendation---Check the piano out completely before delivery. Don't watch the actual move, but do inspect immediately after.

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#48115 - 06/01/06 10:22 AM Re: Q: Can an upright piano be carried/ transported on its side?
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You might open it up and pull the action out. This will not only make the piano lighter, but will remove the risk of damaging any of the truly delicate parts.
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#48116 - 06/01/06 12:45 PM Re: Q: Can an upright piano be carried/ transported on its side?
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Grand pianos are usually moved on their sides, with the actions still inside.
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#48117 - 06/01/06 07:57 PM Re: Q: Can an upright piano be carried/ transported on its side?
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You might open it up and pull the action out. This will not only make the piano lighter, but will remove the risk of damaging any of the truly delicate parts.
Until the mover can't figure out how to put the $#$%!@* action back in
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#48118 - 06/01/06 08:12 PM Re: Q: Can an upright piano be carried/ transported on its side?
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Unless I'm mistaken, I think many an upright - very good ones among them - have to be put on end to negotiate narrow turns and staircases. If you have experienced piano movers do the job and not the guys from the local pub, I've never heard that moving them that way is detrimental to them. It's not as if the piano is going to be stored that way, or even be in that position for any length of time.

I think the piano parts would be safer inside the piano than outside it, too.

But, what do I know ... ?
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#48119 - 06/01/06 09:35 PM Re: Q: Can an upright piano be carried/ transported on its side?
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See message below...
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#48120 - 06/01/06 09:36 PM Re: Q: Can an upright piano be carried/ transported on its side?
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Originally posted by piannaman:
I've moved hundreds of uprights on their sides up and down stairs with no detrimental effects--except for the time the lower guy's foot slipped on a damp carpet ! Fortunately, the piano got wedged in the wall and didn't crush him...

The way they're shipped overseas is with long, thin sticks that hold the base of the hammershanks to the hammer rest rail (what the hammers rest on). The sticks are usually tied to action brackets (the metal part that holds the hammer, damper, and other rails together as a unit).

There is normally one stick for each of the three sections of hammers. This prevents the hammers from flopping around. It shouldn't be necessary to do this, but it might give you peace of mind. Any dealer should have a bunch of these lying around.

I'm sure they'll pad the stairway sufficiently, and will probably use a large rubber band of some kind to hold the lid closed.

Make sure they check the pedal dowels before they leave. They have a tendency to fall out if there's any play at all.

Don't worry, it'll go smoothly. [/b]
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