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Moving Upright Piano Do-It-Yourself Tips

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Pianos come in many different sizes and are one of the most popular musical instruments in the world. Pianos can take up a lot of floor space and as a result are found more in homes than in small apartments. If you need to move a piano, it should be done with great care. Pianos tend to be bulky and are also quite valuable which makes moving them around corners and in elevators, a tricky thing.

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1) Good friends

If you plan to move your piano by yourself, you will need to seek the assistance of a couple of physically fit friends. They will have to be given specific instructions on how to handle the piano and its weight without causing them or the instrument any kind of harm.

2) Factors

What type of piano is it? Upright spinet, player or grand upright! The distance it is to be moved, the level of difficulty involved (stairs, uneven terrain, long carry etc).

3) Equipment

Before moving your piano, you must have all the right equipment with you. Renting is a better option for you than purchasing the equipment because you may not need it again and buying it might be a waste of your money. Heavy duty straps to tie down the piano, a furniture dolly that can support its weight, as well as padding material should be on your shopping list. A four-wheel dolly with rubber wheels (highly recommend rigid wheels) is highly suitable for moving a piano. A truck or van which is big enough to hold the piano will also have to be rented if you are moving the piano to another address.

4) Protecting

You must close and lock the piano’s keyboard lid before moving it to ensure that the fragile keys are not damaged in any way. The piano must be wrapped in padding that is secured with shrink-wrap so that the body of the piano does not become scratched or chipped while being moved. Tightly secure piano to wall or bed of truck with heavy duty straps.

5) Moving

A piano should never be lifted by its legs and you should not wrap any straps around them or tie them down. Upright pianos should always be kept in the upright position as laying it on its side might disturb its internal mechanics. The piano should be lifted on to the furniture dolly and secured tightly. While moving it to the vehicle or its new location ensures that you hold on to the handle all the time. Watch out for door jambs and thresholds which can make it a bumpy ride and could damage your floor.

6) Protecting

In the van or truck, you should place the piano against the back wall to ensure maximum stability in a moving vehicle. Once you are at your destination, make sure the new spot for your piano is a good one. It should not be placed some place where it is too cold or too hot. Once the piano is set down in its place, it should be tuned again before played.

7) Precautions

You must be careful not to tip over the piano as this can injure someone. Even if your piano has metal casters, do not try to push it around. Those casters are mainly decorative and can break off if you try to push the piano around and could damage your floor too.

8) Last Tip

To avoid all the stress and worries by hiring Aussie Moving located in Santa Barbara California!!


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