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Moving a Piano

Posted on August 4, 2015 by Lauren May

At Aussie, we have a keen understanding of how important pianos are to their owners – they’re not only cherished musical instruments, but also heirlooms with sentimental value that defies quantifying. Moving them is a delicate art and the procedures differ from piano to piano. Uprights are comparatively straightforward, often requiring no dismantling prior to transit but just a careful loading and unloading.

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Grand pianos pose greater challenges. First we determine the make and model of the piano – if its value exceeds a certain amount or its structure is not standard, we will call in our specialist team who’ll come and take over. But if the job falls within our area of expertise, we’ll start the dismantling process by ensuring three of our staff are in place – two for holding the instrument, while the third starts removing one of the piano’s three, bolted-in legs. We’ll then lower that side of the piano to the floor (with padding in place), then lift it on to its side to remove the next two legs. After this, we’ll transport it on to a piano shoe, reassemble it, and then do the exact reverse of the starting procedure, putting the final two legs back on, rolling it, then lifting the corner up and attaching the leg we took off first of all.

Some grand pianos have legs that are kept in place by a series of screws rather than a bolt – if this is the case, again we call in specialist assistance. There are additional circumstances in which the specialist personnel are called in – for example, we will only move pianos from ground floor to ground floor, unless there’s a lift that can contain the instrument. A couple of steps here and there is negotiable for us, but anything more than that, and it’s over the our specialists.