Regarding steps and moving any object of size , may present a higher degree of difficulty. More than just the steps itself , there may be a turn on staircase. If it is not a straight flight from the first step to the next floor, we would have turn to complete the staircase. Check gallery for pics like your stairs
Yes the piano will need to be tuned after the move. Any time the piano is moved it changes the the tenseness of the strings , which effects the sound. Normally we suggest to tune the piano full week after new location to adjust to the new temperature of the room.
Yes , they definitely can be. IF the room is very humid or is very dry room , like with wood burning fireplaces, would be something to remedy. Being the piano is mostly wood, it is susceptible to environment. A good humidity is 35-40 %. There is also other recourse if the area has heaters directly near piano.
An upright, also refereed to as a vertical piano, is a piano that has a harp that stands vertical. The harp is where the strings are and is in front of the soundboard. Please look to picture to see an upright.
There are several different types of upright: Full size , Console, Spinet and , Studio , are the most common uprights being produced. They all have a standard case style. The main difference in these would be the height of the piano.
Please click on picture to find your upright and some more information on different uprights.
A grand piano will have a horizontal Harp, meaning they are laid out in a larger circumference, area above the ground below it.The grand piano tends to have a rounded kidney / triangular shape, with 3 legs at key points for stability. They will range in many sizes , based mostly on the length fronm the keydeck to the opposite end , or the bow. They commonly range from a petite baby grand (under 5ft Length) to Concert grands, which can range from 7'1 to 14 ft (only a few in the world this large).
What i would use to qulaify a piano , for moving purposes at least, is a baby grand is 6 ft or shorter, semi concert grand from 6'1 to 7' and concert grand from 7'1 to 9 ft. The reason we ask are for purpose of proper equipment needed, to pricing , to the degree of difficulty the move will entail.
This is the most common description of classic cabinet grand piano , but they do differ even further with special model pianos , to the inventors trying different ideas for pianos, please remember piano s are still technically in its infancy , only really making a standard ideology for pianos in the last 100 years or so .
For moving a grand piano we will use a piano skidboard/ stretcher to safely place the piano on its flat side and to remove the remaining legs. For a 5 ft piano we will use a 5ft or 6 ft board. over 6ft to 7ft we use a 7ft skid board. And for over 7ft we will use the 9ft skid board. There are few other practiced methods, which apply differently for circumstances. ie : when doing a C&A , where we would travel with an artist on tour, we likely use a chariot which is similar , with wheels attached to the board, and works out being this is the only piano the crew will being moving for the day, while touring with an artist.
Organs are also an instrument that we move regularly. Knowledge of moving organs is important , tho similar they are different from pianos. Organs have many different features. Organs have pedals and speakers/ Leslie that would need to be connected, a motor which may need to be secured, on some makes.
When moving an Organ, they tend to be more top heavy, than an Upright piano, which are harp heavy. Knowing how the weight is distributed , is important , being we will know what to expect from the organ when we are carrying. Have the understanding of what to expect, allows us to maneuver a tight turn, or staircases, to just basic transport from the truck to the door of entry.
For organs, we will sometimes use a specialized Organ dollies. These are similar to handtruck with specialized equipment. They will load on the sides of organ and then connect together with straps, which will fasten and bring the organ up onto the lips and be able to cautiously roll. This is sometimes used with the Hammond B3 organ being it will not sit on a normal moving dolly , without a tilt . Top heavy.
Unlike pianos, each maker does not have a standard guidelines that they make their product to. Some companies are larger keydecks, some companies make to a similar upright case , and others have their own basis for the entire case and organ all together. They have pump organs, mechanical organs , pipe organs , and now electric organs, all have evolved as technology has evolved. All require their own no how , when servicing and moving .
Organs are a precious part of the community and can bring joy to each household or congregation. We hope to help move them to where they would need to be , so more days may become great memories .
With a piano , a major point to remember is that the piano is made of wood. Wood, unfortunately, does not last forever. The wood , which comprises roughly 90 % of the piano, will dry up and have basic issues of any wood item. Understanding that there is a certain level of attachment to this item that accompanies us , throughout our musical journey. However there is also the economical vs sentimental balance.
The sound board , which is where the sound will bounce off when the string is struck, is seemed together, and will look like a new floor with no cracks. However over time , and season changes of the climate, the seems expand and contract, and eventually will start to form small cracks over time. hen the pin block which is where the strings attach to pins are fastened by wood , so to tighten or loosen , per the tuning, will dry up. Once they dry up they will not be able to hold a tune, the strings apply thousands pounds of pressure to make certain pitches.
When deciding on to refinish the piano , have replacement of working parts of the piano and discarding, would want to speak with a piano re finisher, regarding what would need to go into bring the piano back good condition.
The sound boasrd , which is where the sound will bounce off when the string is struck, is seemed together, and will look like a new floor with no cracks. However over time , and season changes of the climate, the seems expand and contract, and eventually will start to form small cracks over time. hen the pin block which is where the strings attach to pins are fastened by wood , so to tighten or loosen , per the tuning, will dry up. Once they dry up they will not be able to hold a tune, the strings apply thousands pounds of pressure to make certain pitches.
It is similar to a move being that piano moving would require a pick up , with safety to the home and personal and then to bring to be disposed off at a separate location.
Before choosing this i would highly advise to talk wit your piano tech tuner and see if it can be donated , sold or would need to be disposed. The tech is the person who will know your piano being they have worked one the piano regularly and will know the routes that would be best for this situation
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