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#1964158 - 09/25/12 10:21 AM Weight of an 1870-1880 Chickering Square Grand?  
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I'm contemplating moving a large Chickering square grand without recourse to professional movers. Does anyone know the weight of these monsters? Like a real weight, not "a lot," "I'd guess 1000 lbs," or "don't be an ass buying a square grand"--because I already know I'm an ass :P

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Thanks gang!
Greg




Many, many Chickerings (1831 - 1882).
1817 Clementi Square.
~1855 Mason & Hamlin Melodeon.
1961 John Challis Harpsichord (aluminum soundboard and all).
1 very patient wife.
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#1964207 - 09/25/12 11:56 AM Re: Weight of an 1870-1880 Chickering Square Grand? [Re: Greg Bennett]  
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From my 9th edition Pierce Piano Atlas:

Chickering Square 88 note: 832 lb. net

Chickering Square 85 note: 750 to 775 lb. net


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#1964209 - 09/25/12 12:05 PM Re: Weight of an 1870-1880 Chickering Square Grand? [Re: Greg Bennett]  
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Perfect! Thanks Eric.

Greg


Many, many Chickerings (1831 - 1882).
1817 Clementi Square.
~1855 Mason & Hamlin Melodeon.
1961 John Challis Harpsichord (aluminum soundboard and all).
1 very patient wife.
#1964224 - 09/25/12 12:19 PM Re: Weight of an 1870-1880 Chickering Square Grand? [Re: Greg Bennett]  
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The weight is one problem. The bigger problem is that there are no good gripping points on a square grand. It is your funeral!


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#1964234 - 09/25/12 12:33 PM Re: Weight of an 1870-1880 Chickering Square Grand? [Re: Greg Bennett]  
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...and the case makes a fine casket! smirk


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#1964247 - 09/25/12 01:08 PM Re: Weight of an 1870-1880 Chickering Square Grand? [Re: Greg Bennett]  
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I bought one of these once out of a house as a pretty ornament. My wife, my daughter, my neighbor, and I moved it. The legs unscrew. You need a dolly with fairly big, hard rubber wheels and a lot of muscle. It is not as heavy as it looks if you use leverage, but there are a lot of little things in the decorative edges that can get chipped off pretty easily if you aren't careful. I would have a pro do it if I had to again, although maybe that's because I am 63 now and was 45 then.

#1964274 - 09/25/12 01:43 PM Re: Weight of an 1870-1880 Chickering Square Grand? [Re: Greg Bennett]  
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Are you starting your own Chickering museum or something, Greg?! grin

#1964299 - 09/25/12 02:23 PM Re: Weight of an 1870-1880 Chickering Square Grand? [Re: Greg Bennett]  
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All excellent points. I'm actually still pondering whether to do it myself or not. I mean, I have this pickup truck just sitting here, along with dollies, straps, etc. Everything but the skid . . . and ramps . . . and bed extender . . . :P

And yes, Aldo, I'm starting a museum! I am also on the verge of nabbing an 1830-1840s Chickering & Mackays square grand. That one is a little lighter. smile


Many, many Chickerings (1831 - 1882).
1817 Clementi Square.
~1855 Mason & Hamlin Melodeon.
1961 John Challis Harpsichord (aluminum soundboard and all).
1 very patient wife.
#1964333 - 09/25/12 03:25 PM Re: Weight of an 1870-1880 Chickering Square Grand? [Re: Greg Bennett]  
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Do you have insurance to cover the damage to someone else's house?


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#1964829 - 09/26/12 03:40 PM Re: Weight of an 1870-1880 Chickering Square Grand? [Re: Eric Gloo]  
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Originally Posted by Eric Gloo
Do you have insurance to cover the damage to someone else's house?


I be realz careful?


Many, many Chickerings (1831 - 1882).
1817 Clementi Square.
~1855 Mason & Hamlin Melodeon.
1961 John Challis Harpsichord (aluminum soundboard and all).
1 very patient wife.

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