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Piano Moving Techniques

DIY PIANO MOVING BASICS

A GENERAL DISCUSSION ABOUT HOW-TO-MOVE PIANOS

Some very unique piano moving technique has been developed over the last 100+ years that greatly eases the daunting task of moving pianos. This section will try to teach you some basics about these professional, safe piano moving methods. But always remember the most important of our DIY piano moving tips; even with full knowledge of how-to move pianos, actually moving your piano carries with it a lot of responsibility for piano moving safety; for the movers and for the piano and it's value. So, before proceeding on to our teachings about how-to-move a piano please be sure to review our very important sections on piano moving warnings and piano moving equipment costs.

You need to be aware of the weight of the piano being moved before you move it so that you will have
adequate manpower on hand to move it.

Large upright pianos (such as these 2 beautiful monsters shown below) are quite heavy. The biggest uprights have very high backs like these 2.
They are the very biggest upright pianos made. Their height tops out at 60 inches with each of their weight hitting 800+ lbs.

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The smallest grand piano starts at 54 inches long (which is equivalent to a 54 inch high upright) with a weight of 5 - 600 lbs.

Grand pianos can extend out to 108 inches long for a 9' concert grand topping out at 1000-1200 lbs.
Below is pictured one that neede a big crew because it is about to be hoisted hanging on a huge hook under an elevator.

Liberace's piano was especially made for him. It was a monstrous 12 foot long grand piano weighing 1500 lbs. It was 3 feet longer than the one pictured above! He had it especially constructed for him because of his knowledge that the longer the grand piano is the better the base notes will sound during play
because the base notes utilize wound strings not straight strings. Wound strings resonate better and better at longer and longer lengths.

Most piano weight comes from its cast iron harp that holds the strings. Small upright pianos only weigh 300 to 400 lbs. because they have a smaller cast iron harp than big uprights or grand pianos. Big uprights run from 500 lbs. thru 800 lbs. (big player uprights can even hit 900 lbs.). Grand pianos run anywhere from 500 to 1200 lbs. Most grand pianos are 4 1/2' to 6' long so they weigh in between 500 and 800 lbs. But longer grands like the one pictured above weigh much more and they should always be moved by professionals.

In fact any big upright piano over 48' high or any grand piano 6' long or longer just is not be a candidate for do-it-yourself piano moving. These large pianos should always be moved by professionals just because of their extreme weight.

Pianos should not be rolled around on their metal casters. The casters are just decorative and not very functional because when used, they can easily gouge a new hardwood floors finish. As you can see below they're quite small and the way that a piano is constructed they're spaced on the 3 or 4 corners of the piano so that all of the piano's weight is centered between them. On upright pianos two of the casters are on the front two(very weak) decorative legs. On grand pianos all 3 legs have a caster on them.






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