Piano transport and grand piano transport

A piano is usually a rather “immobile” object, on grounds of its huge weight (~150 – 300 kg). But experience shows that a piano sometimes must be moved in the house and when moving out. If possible, ask a professional company for assistance or at least experienced carriers. Above all, because laymen may very quickly suffer serious health defects. Of course the piano can also take damage - still more often, damages occur to floors or walls. If you need to move a piano yourself, always use a trolley. (Available from hardware stores, for example - please observe the load incl. a safety range!) Most pianolas have handles at their back for better handling. Have the instrument lifted by two persons and ask a third and fourth person to push the trolley beneath its center. Always keep the instrument stable on the trolley or, better still, firmly secure it with straps to the trolley. Children and, ideally, also adults should stay outside the tilting range of the piano. In case of doubt, if the piano should tilt over, it is better to “dismiss” the instrument than to risk personal injury. It is also possible to lift the piano on one side and push the trolley underneath - but use a support for the two steel castors that still have ground contact, to protect the floor and avoid the risk of slipping.


 

Damage during transport of the (grand) piano

If you have to move the piano to another floor, always ask for a professional shipper - the risk of an accident is simply too great for laymen. It is too dangerous without special straps and suitable experience. See an example of a valuable heirloom that descended during an unprofessional attempt to get it down from the balcony by ropes.


 

Protection of the (grand) piano

If you have to transport a piano across a longer distance, e. g., in a transporter or truck, use good protection of the instrument against scratches and temperature variations/humidity by blankets etc. Even more important: Secure the piano at least twice by suitable straps. Otherwise, unforeseen force braking or accidents may turn these instruments into extremely dangerous projectiles.

Crane transport for (grand) pianos

The same precautions as for transporting pianos apply to transporting grand pianos. Though it is generally available to have a grand transported only by a professional shipper. Special materials like grand piano covers, slides etc. are needed, as well as a lot of experience and at least three persons. Then the grand piano will be turned on its side and set on a trolley, using the grand piano slide. The grand should be carried (and not pushed) across stairs to avoid damages. Sometimes, a stairwell or too narrow entrance will not allow to carry upstairs - then a crane is required. Sometimes, the crane will be less expensive than difficult carrying maneuvers.

 

Piano location piano setup grand piano

A piano should stand where it can be most often and best played, because then it will bring a maximum of joy. Experience shows that an unfavorable location in the house can reduce the motivation for piano playing. A piano for children makes most sense in the children's room or in the hall, for instance. Make sure, please, that the selected location will provide even support (use a spirit level) - because, if a piano is standing skew, the rim may distort in the long run. If the ground is uneven, compensate with coasters. Protect your floor by using plastic, wood or glass coasters - you may get them in any piano store - or even from me. Parquet and laminate floors should be protected by coasters with additional felt discs. If you do not have any coasters at hand at short notice, pieces of carpet or doubled cardboard may suffice. Avoid setting up the piano near or in front of a heater and/or a window. If there is no other choice, turn the heating low or dim the window with a light-restraining curtain. Full solar irradiation may damage the wood and will most likely cause irregular fading of the surface.

What kind of room climate will a piano need?

A piano may be found in every normally tempered (living) room. Please note that air moisture should not drop below 50 % (take care during heating periods) and not rise above 65 %. A room that is rather consistently tempered is beneficial for your piano because strong temperature changes and corresponding humidity variations are bad for the instrument - wood and felt are vulnerable. Both can adversely affect the stability of the tuning or damage the structural parts. A place at an interior wall is preferred, because temperature changes are usually lower there - however, newer and generally better insulated houses reduce the significance of this problem. If there is under-floor heating beneath the piano, careful observation of the air humidity values given above is even more important. If the under-floor heating is very frequently used, prevent the instrument from drying by additional air humidification, if required. Remember that essentially, improper location may cause loss of liability claims if an instrument is damaged.