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The Longevity of Your Piano: How Proper Moving Techniques Can Extend Its Life

Tue, Sep 12, 2023 at 4:37PM

The Longevity of Your Piano: How Proper Moving Techniques Can Extend Its Life

For many people, their piano is more than an instrument; it’s a legacy and often an heirloom that is passed down through generations. Ensuring the longevity of your instrument is paramount for both its sweet sound and its sentimental value. Maintaining your piano’s care during the relocation process is an aspect that is often overlooked. At Modern Piano Moving, we are here to shed light on the proper moving techniques used in order to make sure your piano’s lifespan is preserved.


The Vulnerabilities of a Piano

Despite their large size, pianos are actually very delicate instruments. While piano often serve as the centerpiece of a room, their large, solid frames can deceive the casual observer into believing that they're nearly indestructible. They are comprised of thousands of intricate parts, including sensitive strings and hammers as well as the exterior wood casing. Not using the proper moving techniques can lead to a multitude of issues such as misalignment, tuning issues, or even issues as extreme as structural damage. Therefore, understanding the vulnerabilities of your piano is the first step in making sure it is safe during its relocation.


The Importance of Specialist Equipment

A general moving company, no matter what their skill level is, will most likely not have the specific equipment needed to transport your piano safely. However, piano movers have equipment like custom skid boards, piano dollies, and protective padding that are essential for the moving process. Having these tools will ensure a smooth and safe move and also significantly reduce the risk of potential damages that could affect the instrument’s longevity.


Balancing Between Weight and Delicacy

Pianos in general are heavy instruments. Grand pianos in specific can weigh up to 1,200 pounds. Plus, their weight is unevenly distributed. Therefore, proper moving techniques need to involve a balance of managing the weight while also ensuring the fragile components are protected. This usually involves a team of experienced movers that are able to navigate stairs, tight corners, and doorways without a hitch.


Climate Considerations

Climate is something that needs to be taken into consideration when moving your piano, as it is primarily made of wood. Wood can be affected by changes in temperature and humidity. When you’re relocating, especially over a long distance, it’s important to make sure your piano isn’t exposed to any drastic changes in climate. That’s why at Modern Piano Moving, we have climate controlled trucks to transport your piano in the most ideal environment to prevent any damages.


Making sure your piano is preserved properly is our highest priority while relocating it. We’re here to help you every step of the way. Choosing the right company to handle this move is in investment in the future of your piano and the memories it holds. By prioritizing the proper moving techniques, we do more than just transport an instrument; we keep your piano safe. Modern Piano Moving remains committed to this ethos, ensuring that every piano’s story plays on, one careful move at a time.

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Milton Heads South  Tennessee, US

Apr 27 2023 

This is the second time we have moved "Milton" with Modern and both times have been a great success. Thank you for treating my piano like it was your own family heirloom.