How To Move A Grand Piano

Understanding how to move a grand piano might be slightly overwhelming. A grand piano is a fragile instrument, much more so than other types of pianos. The process will require a moving sled, a lot of padding, some good friends and patience. Following basic steps to secure the piece will protect the finish and mechanisms of the grand piano. This way your beloved instrument will arrive at its new home safely.

To move a grand piano, you will need:

  • Moving sled
  • Moving blankets
  • Moving pads
  • Straps
  • Screwdriver
  • Support stand
  1. Slide the music stand off the track. Grasp the stand and pull it to the side. Wrap the stand to secure it.
  2. Wrap cloth or felt around the fallboard, this is the cover on the keyboard. Wrap the board snuggly to keep it from bouncing while moving the instrument.
  3. Tie down and wrap the lid of the grand piano. Use twine or strapping to secure padding to the lid and keep it from moving during transport.
  4. Prop the piano with a stand or something strong enough to hold the unit. Set the stand in the upper left corner near the lyre.
  5. Remove the front, left leg of the piano. If the leg screws in place, turn the leg counterclockwise and pull it away from the body of the piano. The connection between the leg and piano will vary based on manufacturer. Some may attach with screws or dowels.
  6. Disconnect the lyre from the piano body. The lyre is the framework that supports the pedal. Look for a dowel or screws that hold it in place.
  7. Cover a moving sled with a folded pad to protect the finish. Moving sleds come in all shapes and sizes. Rent one that is longer than the piano. Set a second moving pad or blanket on the sled. Place the pad open so that it will pull up over the piano.
  8. Set the upper left corner down on the covered sled. This will be the flat side of the piano. Remove the prop holding the piece up and lay the corner down on the secured sled. Lock the wheels of the sled before setting the instrument on it. Pull the open pad up, wrap it around the top of the piano, and secure it.
  9. Remove the remaining legs of the piece. Wrap the legs and lyre up separately in moving blankets for transport.
  10. Strap the piano to the sled. Apply enough straps to restrict the movement of the instrument. Do not allow it to shift from side to side.

Cover any exposed areas of the piano with moving blankets or pads. Ideally, none of the piano finish will be open. Place padding under all straps. The straps should not be in contact with the piano finish.

Make sure all pads are clean and dust free. Dirt can scratch the finish of the piece.

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