Though the types, weights, and configurations of pianos differ, in many ways, moving a piano is moving a piano. It doesn’t matter if it’s an upright, spinet, grand, or baby grand piano. Pianos are heavy and cumbersome, and moving any piano involves similar care, struggles, and hard work.
However, grand and baby grand pianos require extra steps because of their design. They have more moving pieces. Therefore, they have more places for damage to happen during travel.
Whether you’re moving your baby grand piano across town or across the country, we recommend hiring a professional piano-moving team to keep your investment instrument safe.
What you will need to move a grand piano
Anyone can technically move a baby grand piano if you gather a group of active friends, a bunch of moving blankets, some basic tools, and a moving van. However, there’s more to it than you might consider initially.
You can’t move baby grand and grand pianos with traditional moving dollies. Dollies put grand pianos at an angle the keys and internal parts cannot handle. Furthermore, the weight does not distribute well. To move it, you must use professional piano-mover equipment or carry it by hand.
The process of moving a baby grand piano
We want to go on the record yet again and recommend using a piano mover to relocate your baby grand piano. It saves you significant time and effort. Plus, the professional team’s ability to mitigate potential risks to people and property is incomparable.
However, if you’re determined to move your large instrument on your own, we’re here to help. Scroll forward to read our steps covering exactly how to move a baby grand piano.
Preparation is critical in making a baby grand piano move happen successfully.
Before anything else, prepare the moving van. Be sure there is sufficient space. Lay down blankets for the piano to rest on during the drive. Make sure the ramp is solid, and the movers can walk up to it easily.
Then, prepare the pathway. Measure to make sure the piano and people carrying it can fit around the corners. Check every wall to ensure you remove decorations and pictures. Protect your flooring and steps by putting down blankets or cardboard.
Finally, it’s time to prepare the piano space itself. Place moving blankets on the ground for when you lower the baby grand down. Have supplies nearby to wrap the lid and legs.
Take apart the piano to make it easier to move safely.
First, you’ll need to remove the lid of your baby grand. By taking the cover off, you prevent it from falling open while you carry it. This step keeps the top from banging the body of the piano while your vehicle hits bumps on the drive.
After that, it’s time to remove the legs. Begin with the leg numbered one. Turn the piano on its side to make leg removal possible. One or two people hold the piano up while another uses a screwdriver to take off the legs.
Move the piano using a team of strong people.
Even though your baby grand weighs less than the 500 kilograms of a grand piano, it is still far from light. Most instruments of this style are somewhere between 200 and 400 kilograms. Not only is it heavy, but it’s also awkward to hold.
Work gloves and weightlifting straps can help secure your grip while transferring the piano body. It’s important to rest often, especially while going up or downstairs, for people to keep a solid hold on the instrument. It’s preferable to take it slow and prevent damage or injuries instead of speeding through the process.
Secure the piano in the moving van or truck.
It’s easy to assume that because your baby grand piano is so heavy that it won’t slide around the back of the cargo vehicle; this is not true. Your keyboard can quickly shift and bounce with the forces of the road.
After placing the piano onto the moving blankets you laid out early, strap it down from all directions. You must prevent movement forward, backward, and to both sides.
It’s also important to use caution with the items packed around the piano in your moving vehicle. Be sure that nothing will fall onto or bump into your expensive music investment.