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How can I know if I can move a Grand Piano upstairs? #1835748
01/31/12 03:26 PM
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Hi,

I want to buy a baby grand piano and I live in a town house and have to put the baby grand on the second floor. However, there's a long staircase (16 steps) to the second floor and at the end of the staircase there's a wall, you've to turn right to walk into the living room.

I'm wondering if a baby grand can be brought up to the 2nd floor. I want to buy from craigslist/other 2nd hand market, so there's no retailer/salesperson that I can ask. I went to some music stores and they all want me to buy from them in order to tell me if I can bring a baby grand upstairs.

Is there any way that I can find it out myself?

The floor plan is like this:



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--------------Wall (147 cm long)-------------
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87 cm (turn right to walk into living room)
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|<---------97cm-------------->
(----width of staircase)-----| |
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---------staircase-----------| |
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Thank you so much for your help.




Last edited by StarryNight; 02/11/12 02:31 AM.
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Re: How can I know if I can move a Grand Piano upstairs? [Re: StarryNight] #1835749
01/31/12 03:31 PM
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Have you considered calling a piano mover and asking them?


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Re: How can I know if I can move a Grand Piano upstairs? [Re: StarryNight] #1835754
01/31/12 03:36 PM
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First of all, welcome to Pianoworld. It's always good to have a new member. Second, BB is correct, just call a piano mover in your area. Try to get one with an excellent reputation. If you need a referral, call up the best piano store in your area and ask them who they use to move their pianos or could they give you a referral to a great piano mover. Third, based on your online pianoworld name, maybe you shouldn't be moving pianos upstairs. LOL.


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Re: How can I know if I can move a Grand Piano upstairs? [Re: Pianolance] #1835768
01/31/12 03:58 PM
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LOL! Thanks for your advice!

I thought of calling a piano mover but was wondering if they can do the measurement. But from what you said it means they can do it for me. I'll call and ask. Thanks!

I've been reading posts from this forum for a long time and it provides a lot of useful information and this is my first time to post here.

Nice to meet you all here!
Christie

Re: How can I know if I can move a Grand Piano upstairs? [Re: StarryNight] #1835796
01/31/12 05:22 PM
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You can get an idea by making a plan view of the path it must take to scale) on graph paper, and then moving a piece of paper the size of the piano plus the moving board (roughly 18" by 72") through it. An absolute limitation is the perpendicular height from the line formed by the corners of the stairs to any overhang of an interior staircase. This distance is often quite short, well under the 60"+ that you need for a grand piano on its side.


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Re: How can I know if I can move a Grand Piano upstairs? [Re: StarryNight] #1836251
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With good movers, they come along for five minutes, take a look, and almost instantly they will tell you whether it's possible, or not. Best of luck.


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