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Old 04-20-2011, 02:05 PM
 
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Does anyone have experience with moving a piano from sea level to Denver (or similar altitude)? We have an upright grand and would love to take it with us, but we're not sure if the change in altitude would be bad for the piano. We assume we'll need to retune it once we get there. Are there other factors to consider? Thanks for your input!
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Old 04-20-2011, 02:07 PM
 
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I don't know if altitude will have an effect, but the very dry climate might.
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Old 04-20-2011, 02:18 PM
 
Location: Living on the Coast in Oxnard CA
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I hope the Piano was kept above sea level. You may want to repost in a music forum. As far as I know moving from one local to another will not hurt it as they do have pianos in both places. It is recomended to have it tuned after every move, even across town.
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Old 04-20-2011, 02:35 PM
 
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Death Valley 292 Feet BELOW sea level.. and very little chance it will get wet.....
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Old 04-20-2011, 02:37 PM
 
Location: Living on the Coast in Oxnard CA
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Death Valley 292 Feet BELOW sea level.. and very little chance it will get wet.....
You got me there. LOL
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Old 04-20-2011, 02:41 PM
 
Location: Tampa Bay Area
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Yup it will need tuning. Probably again in 6 - 12 months. I'd oil the wood best you can a couple times to keep it from getting rough or possibly worse. The worst will probably be if it is close to any heat source (vent). That can actually cause cracks. Try to keep it oiled and it should adjust to the moisture content.
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Old 04-20-2011, 08:24 PM
 
Location: Avondale, AZ
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We moved our console from San Diego to Monument, which is 2000' higher than Denver. We had it tuned shortly after. Not sure how it's holding up as nobody plays it anymore. I think a Denver piano store will be able to give you reliable information.
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Old 04-21-2011, 11:02 AM
 
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We moved our console from San Diego to Monument, which is 2000' higher than Denver. We had it tuned shortly after. Not sure how it's holding up as nobody plays it anymore. I think a Denver piano store will be able to give you reliable information.
Thanks, that's a good idea, to check with a Denver piano store. Sorry no one plays it - that kind of happened at my house, right after we bought it. But now they use it more. Go figure.
SOON2BNSURPRISE - yes, it's above sea level - but barely - only by 10 feet, here in our beach city!
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Old 04-21-2011, 02:28 PM
 
Location: Colorado
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We moved my wife's baby grand piano (which was never played) from Cleveland to Colorado several years.

You'll definitely need to get it tuned but you would with any move. We were told to be careful for the wood cracking because of the dryness, not the altitude. We just recently sold it when we moved a few weeks ago and there was no real evidence of cracking; only damage from the movers!

It's probably a good idea to talk to a piano store as vfrpilot recommended. They may be able to provide info on treatment that may help with the cracking both before and after you move.

Good luck with the move!
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Old 04-24-2011, 10:48 PM
 
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Make sure the home where it is stored has a humidifier! I moved here from DC with all pine wood furniture and within 1 year all of it was cracked. I installed a humidifier in my home and now the wood doesn't make sounds like a rifle shot ever winter. I you are shipping via a freight company see if they are flying or driving. Flying may require a detuning before the trip. Just a thought.
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