Thank you to Pieter Verhulst of the Netherlands for these pictures and the story.
It seems a client of Pieter's decided they wanted to move their RÃ¶nisch baby grand.
Unfortunately the right front leg was weak, and the piano went crashing over.
I've often tried to explain to own clients that there is a right and a wrong way to move a piano
, particularly grands.
If you are going to move it without a proper grand dolly under it, and/or without breaking it down and setting it on a piano skid, you need to be very careful.
Ideally you should have someone strong by each leg, with everyone taking some of the weight off the leg.
Even without a "weak" leg, grand legs are susceptible to snapping, especially if they snag on a rug or doorstep. And this is all based upon moving the piano a short distance across a room.
If you plan to move it further, and most importantly if you plan to transport it, be sure to hire a qualified mover with experience moving pianos. Ask them for references. You'd be surprised how many movers claim they know how to move "anything", but who don't have a clue how to properly dismantle and reassemble the legs and pedal lyre on a grand.
Luckily for Pieter's customer he and a friend were able to put Humpty together again.