Similar Threads Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post Moving Sale - Furnitures, Toys, Lights, Kid?s stuff. If the only factor was weight, moving a piano would be as simple as calling all your most muscular friends and having them show off their strength. We've seen it in cartoons and comedy movies, but the reality is an out of control piano, such as moving up or down stairs, isn't a laughing matter. Most of the weight associated with a piano of any kind comes from the solid, cast iron harp; the core feature of the instrument that holds all of the strings in place. Injury, perhaps very serious, is a real possibility while attempting to move a piano without the proper care and precaution being taken and knowledge about what can happen. When they were invented in the late 18th Century they became some of the first meaningful brand names, the first "status" symbols and were the first consumer item sold with installment loans. Whether a precious family heirloom, a cherished instrument for a professional musician, or the simply the source of invaluable family memories, pianos are like nothing else in the home, school, church or performance venue.
No matter what size piano, add to the harp a heavy wooden sound board and specialized wooden casing, thousands of mechanical parts made of various materials and along with a lot more even the smallest pianos (spinets, consoles) easily weigh in at 300-400lbs or more.Larger upright pianos vary in both size and height but usually start weighing in at around 500 lbs.

When it comes time to move, both you and your piano deserve the best in competence and care. The largest upright pianos can weigh up to 800 lbs or more and upright player pianos can easily weigh over 900 lbs. Grand pianos in particular have a very unusual shape, and upright pianos are often quite tall. New pianos are rarely purchased outright and older pianos, especially rare or highly desired models and antiques, can still hold a great deal of value.
Grand pianos, of course, aren't any different.The smallest grand pianos (usually 54 inches long) average in weight between 500-600 lbs. All pianos are built in ways that make it difficult to evenly distribute their already excessive weight when moving them. Protect your piano and your property, and most of all protect yourself; call Duffy Piano Movers for a safe and satisfying piano or organ move. Damage caused to a piano as a result of moving (from a scratched finish to a broken leg, cracked casing or damaged sound and playing mechanisms) can be very costly in repairs and a significant detriment to your investment by decreasing its value.

At Duffy Piano Movers, we have been safely moving pianos of all kinds to and from all types of places and locations, and for every type of client (including the White House) for over 100 years! A small shift up, down, right or left can create a significant - and unexpected - shift in balance, weight and inertia. Larger grand piano can weigh up to 1000 lbs and some of the largest "specialty" grand pianos weigh 1,200 lbs or more.
This makes lifting, carrying, turning and maneuvering any piano in or out of any home or building - especially around tight corners or up or down stairs - a job that requires experience and specialized foreknowledge. If compromised even slightly during a move, your treasured musical instrument may never be the same. So with an average weight of a quarter to over half of a ton, it's advisable not to take moving your piano "lightly!" Call the experts - Duffy Piano Moving and Storage has been moving these instruments for Philadelphians and their neighbors for over 100 years.

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