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Old 04-07-2008, 12:48 PM
 
Location: Bike to Surf!
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So I'm the proud owner of a cheap piano. Now to move the darn thing. It's a full-sized upright with no casters (probably broke off long ago) and some sort of strange "skid plate" on the bottom. It's 5'6"X4'2"X2'8" and weights A LOT! Probably upwards of 400 lbs.

I've gotta get it to a loading dock (30 flat feet), 8 blocks down the street, up a sidewalk (Up a handicap curb ramp--a gentle incline about 6 vertical inches high in total--then 30 more flat feet), over a door frame (extra-wide, thank goodness!) and scooted into place against at wall (4 flat feet).

I've got a pair of dollys, a 15' truck with a liftgate, three guys and one girl (so far) to help move it. Think I need more hands?

Any tips for moving a piano?
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Old 04-07-2008, 12:50 PM
 
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I had an upright brought in and then brought out. Professional piano movers - 2 men. Don't know if that helps.
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Old 04-07-2008, 01:32 PM
 
Location: The Woods
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I moved a smaller spinet type with 1 other person. I think 4 is enough for a larger upright. I almost bought an enormous Victorian upright (dripping in carvings and such) once since it would of been cheap and had better sound than most uprights have, but decided against it, I don't play often enough to warrant its size. Nonetheless, I sized it up when I was considering it and figured 3 or 4 people would be needed. But it had the castors on it in good shape, the hard part with yours will be getting it on the dollies and keeping it on them safely. Good luck. It'll probably need tuning after moving it. Mine hasn't been tuned in about 12 years, sounds like an antique fortepiano at times now.
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Old 04-07-2008, 04:05 PM
 
Location: Bike to Surf!
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Thanks for the suggestions. Yeah, it takes two people minimum just to get one side off the ground. Luckily, it should be a pretty easy move once it's on the dolly. Do you think I should put two dollys underneath (one on each side) or just stick with one in the middle?
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Old 04-07-2008, 04:35 PM
 
Location: Papillion
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Its alot easier if its all downhill - just need one - the one to push it to get the momentum going then just stand back and watch...

If you have a piano dolly (the square frame with heavy heavy castors) then two can do it... two on one end to tip it up, kick the dolly under it, then position it so its balanced, then its just a matter of rolling the dolly.
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Old 04-07-2008, 04:54 PM
 
Location: The Woods
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Thanks for the suggestions. Yeah, it takes two people minimum just to get one side off the ground. Luckily, it should be a pretty easy move once it's on the dolly. Do you think I should put two dollys underneath (one on each side) or just stick with one in the middle?
One on each side if it's as big/heavy as the one I almost bought, which it sounds like it is.
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Old 04-07-2008, 05:59 PM
 
Location: Greensboro, NC
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Just make sure to ALWAYS set it down very gently and to pick up both sides at once. Failing to do so can crack the rear baseboard and ruin the sound forever. That's something that's not fixable. Keeping that in mind along with keeping it away from humidity as much as possible and tuning it 3 weeks once it's stationary at your new home should keep your investment, no matter how small, intact.
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Old 04-07-2008, 06:18 PM
 
Location: Cosmic Consciousness
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How Many People do I need to Move a Piano?

Ten -- two to move it, and eight to criticize!!

Sorry.... couldn't resist!
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Old 04-07-2008, 09:07 PM
 
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I have never owned one or moved one but I would be tempted to call a service like the local "Two Men and a Truck" type movers. Best of luck to you!
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Old 04-08-2008, 10:30 AM
 
Location: Bike to Surf!
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Thanks! Sounds like I have the right number of people. Moving it tonight.
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