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#2015137 - 01/15/13 09:26 PM Piano mover from PA to NYC? Need recommendation??  
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Hi all. I found a console in PA for my son (7 yrs old) that is very reasonable and in excellent condition, that I need moved to NYC. I called some of the big piano movers, and was quoted $900. I am sure these guys are experienced, equpment, etc but for $900, I wont bother buying the console due to economics.

Advice? I am OK with hiring a smaller business guy. Meaning, less than "big movers with heavy equipment used to moving grand pianos weighing thousand of pounds" since this is a console weighing 350 lbs.

Any recommendations for a "man with van" and some pads? I know, I know - it is not the same as a professional piano mover, but I am willing to take the slight risk. I will have the console re-tuned ANYWAY once it reaches my final place in NY. Thanks.

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#2015139 - 01/15/13 09:29 PM Re: Piano mover from PA to NYC? Need recommendation?? [Re: Ezra]  
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Ezra,

Where in Pa.? It is a big state.


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#2015141 - 01/15/13 09:30 PM Re: Piano mover from PA to NYC? Need recommendation?? [Re: Ezra]  
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Not sure what part of PA?

Have you played the piano or had it checked out by a tech?


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#2015146 - 01/15/13 09:42 PM Re: Piano mover from PA to NYC? Need recommendation?? [Re: Ezra]  
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#2015148 - 01/15/13 09:48 PM Re: Piano mover from PA to NYC? Need recommendation?? [Re: Ezra]  
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Moving a console in a van is quite easy with a van and I've moved e few by myself.

Couldn't you find a closer piano maybe one you could see and evaluate?


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#2015150 - 01/15/13 09:55 PM Re: Piano mover from PA to NYC? Need recommendation?? [Re: Ezra]  
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You could go rent yourself a van with a rear mount wheel chair lift, most of those lifts are rated at 650 pounds. We have several of those vans with E track in the back for strapping in pianos. They work great for getting in and out of tight areas.


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#2015165 - 01/15/13 10:18 PM Re: Piano mover from PA to NYC? Need recommendation?? [Re: Dave B]  
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Yes - had it checked out; it is in excellent condition and plays very fine.

Northampton, PA. Is there a mover who would do it for $300 or less? If I were strong enough, I would do it myself... smile

#2015295 - 01/16/13 06:26 AM Re: Piano mover from PA to NYC? Need recommendation?? [Re: Ezra]  
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Anyone who would do that move for less than $300, I wouldn't want moving my piano. There's a lot more to moving a piano than most people realize.

Proper equipment, know how, and experience can not be overlooked. Professional movers always make it look too easy. One wrong slip, especially on stairs, and you can be dealing with broken bones and serious injuries. And I've been cautioned not to let uninsured movers on my property.

I was thinking $700 (plus stairs) as reasonable costs.


"Imagine it in all its primatic colorings, its counterpart in our souls - our souls that are great pianos whose strings, of honey and of steel, the divisions of the rainbow set twanging, loosing on the air great novels of adventure!" - William Carlos Williams
#2015298 - 01/16/13 06:34 AM Re: Piano mover from PA to NYC? Need recommendation?? [Re: Ezra]  
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I do have two suggestions:

Duffy Piano Movers

or RHS Piano Movers - (215) 284-6615.

Both of these companies are Philly area based, but go between your area and NY regularly.

Good Luck,


Rich Galassini
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#2015363 - 01/16/13 09:25 AM Re: Piano mover from PA to NYC? Need recommendation?? [Re: Ezra]  
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I can also vouch for RHS.


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#2015454 - 01/16/13 12:28 PM Re: Piano mover from PA to NYC? Need recommendation?? [Re: Ezra]  
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We just quoted a newer Baldwin M grand move to Macon Ga from Nashville TN for 450 dollars express in a heated truck. They almost fell over, said they were expecting maybe 100 dollars? How?? Fuel and trip permitting in Georgia would be half easily.

So we watched as they took the pristine piano and put it in a pickup truck which was last week during all the rain, no tarp, no padded shrink wrap. I don't want to be that tech that tries to get that piano back in order. Blows my mind sometimes


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