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Re: Moving Piano In Elevator--Advice Please!!! [Re: Gary Allen] #1901965
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A couple of years ago, I moved a 5'8" grand into a sixth floor apartment of a former hotel from the 30's, and it had no freight elevator. The elevator car was big enough to hold the piano, but the door clearance was not quite wide enough. I took the lid off and that was enough to get it in the door.


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Re: Moving Piano In Elevator--Advice Please!!! [Re: Gary Allen] #1901995
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I have two pieces of advice.

1. Hire an experienced piano mover. My 7-footer was "dumped" onto its keyboard end in the elevator, and it was fine, but there were two crews of three each to handle it.

2. Do not watch.


Re: Moving Piano In Elevator--Advice Please!!! [Re: Rank Piano Amateur] #1902023
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Originally Posted by Rank Piano Amateur
I have two pieces of advice.

1. Hire an experienced piano mover. My 7-footer was "dumped" onto its keyboard end in the elevator, and it was fine, but there were two crews of three each to handle it.

2. Do not watch.



One exception to rule #2: Make sure they don't tip it on the lyre.

I have yet to see any proof from a piano manufacturer that okays that practice.


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Re: Moving Piano In Elevator--Advice Please!!! [Re: OperaTenor] #1902076
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Originally Posted by OperaTenor
A couple of years ago, I moved a 5'8" grand into a sixth floor apartment of a former hotel from the 30's, and it had no freight elevator. The elevator car was big enough to hold the piano, but the door clearance was not quite wide enough. I took the lid off and that was enough to get it in the door.


You know OT, if you had only brought along your Sawzall, you wouldn't have had to take off that lid. wink

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Re: Moving Piano In Elevator--Advice Please!!! [Re: Rich Galassini] #1902128
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Everyone, I appreciate all the input and, all the humor! I liked the "Don't Watch" advice although I no doubt will watch. I had never heard of moving a piano on top of an elevator and in my case it would not be a possibility because there is no basement level for the elevator to descend into to expose the top of the elevator.

I, like Rickster, am curious about the removal of the action and fall board (and perhaps also the lid?) for such a move? Is this most typically done or not? It seems like anything that would reduce the weight would be a good thing unless it somehow compromises the structural strength of the piano to remove these items---any further thoughts on this? Also am wondering if this should most likely be a three man move job or does it require more than three? Thanks again for the all the input thus far!

Re: Moving Piano In Elevator--Advice Please!!! [Re: Gary Allen] #1902317
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Hi Gary,

Yes, I was curious to hear what the pros had to say about removing the action and fall board for a front-end tilt move. I would think it would be better and much safer to do that… as far as removing the action and fall board causing structural integrity issues with the piano, my common sense tells me that is not the case… the action just sits in the cavity of the key bed and slides side to side a little when the una corda pedal is depressed; the only thing holding it in place is the cheek-block dowel plates.

The fall board certainly does not add to structural integrity to my knowledge. In fact, the first grand piano I bought (pre-owned) had a blemish/crack in the finish on the right side of the fall board where the previous owner said it (the fall board) fell out of the piano during a move (ouch!).

Anyway, I do wish you the best outcome in the move and I’m sure it can be done (or at least pretty sure smile ).

Rick


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Re: Moving Piano In Elevator--Advice Please!!! [Re: Gary Allen] #1902434
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I've always hated elevator music.


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Re: Moving Piano In Elevator--Advice Please!!! [Re: Rich Galassini] #1902709
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Originally Posted by Rich Galassini
Originally Posted by OperaTenor
A couple of years ago, I moved a 5'8" grand into a sixth floor apartment of a former hotel from the 30's, and it had no freight elevator. The elevator car was big enough to hold the piano, but the door clearance was not quite wide enough. I took the lid off and that was enough to get it in the door.


You know OT, if you had only brought along your Sawzall, you wouldn't have had to take off that lid. wink

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