Music To Your Ears -- How To Safely Move And Store Any Piano

30 May 2016
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Moving and storing your piano can be a bit of a headache for many owners. This may be due to the bulk of the instrument, its sensitivity or its weight. But you can successfully move your piano to new digs if you know what to do to protect it. Here is a handy guide for novices with anything from a simple upright to a large grand piano.

How to Move It

It may be best to hire professional movers to deal with moving a piano – especially an antique or grand piano. Take photos before the move to ensure that no damage is incurred during transit, and have it properly insured in case something happens. Do not roll the piano on its casters, since these may not work properly and can damage the floor or the instrument. Instead, place it on a 4-wheel piano dolly or (for uprights) move it on its side.

In the truck, it should be wrapped in a blanket or other soft protective material and strapped to the side of the truck. Do not place items on top of it. If possible, request that a moving company not unload it or switch trucks during the transport.

Where to Store It

A piano is a sensitive musical instrument that needs to be stored in a location that's dry and doesn't change temperature or humidity much. For this reason, if you must store the unit for any length of time, opt for a storage unit that's at least minimally heated to a regular temperature. In addition, to make things easier for yourself or your movers, look for a storage unit that has a wide and tall door and is on the street level.

How to Store It

The temptation for owners of a grand piano is to store the instrument on its side to save space. Fight this temptation. A piano laid on its side for any length of time can end up with a damaged action that will mess with the hammer alignment. Keep it stored in its normal position and wrapped with blankets. Avoid placing heavy items or anything that might shift on top

How to Place It

After placing the piano in its new home, it may take a few days or weeks for any ill effects of the changes in humidity and temperature to become noticeable. So you may want to wait 2 or 3 weeks before having it professionally tuned. Be sure to check the pedal dowels, rods or lyre braces – all of which can often be misaligned or placed wrongly during moving.

By properly moving and store it, your piano can continue to bring joy and music into your home for years to come. To find out more, speak with a business like Johnson Piano Moving.