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Can Yamaha YUS5 fit into lift?
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Hi all, I’m eyeing the Yamaha YUS5 transacoustic 2 as it’s such a beauty. Will it fit into a lift that’s 127 cm (depth) x 100 CM (width) x 225cm (height)? Since YUS5 is 131cm, will it be possible to remove the castors to fit within the 127cm? (And then reattach the castors after it comes out of the lift)

Im assuming it can make it through the lift door opening of 80cm (width) x 210cm (height) in the first place.

Thanks all!

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Uprights are typically delivered upright so it seems like you have enough height inside the lift, although the width seems too wide for the lift. Tipping the piano to the side would probably need a different type of dolly/skid combine so it may or may not fit inside your lift. It’d be best to ask some piano movers whether they could fit a piano inside the lift.

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Perhaps if it stood at an angle ( 45° ) it may fit inside .
Have you measured corner to corner in the lift ?

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Thanks for the quick replies! I’m wondering if anyone has tried removing the castors to reduce the 131cm height?

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It’s a royal pain to move a piano without casters. Even with the casters on, the mover would place a dolly under the piano to roll it across the floor and the ground. But yes, casters can be removed and reattached.

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If you are buying this from a dealer, ask the dealer.


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BDB is right about that, Grace, and I would add that if you're buying it from a dealer (I would hope this is the case), the dealer would deliver it and his or her company's professional piano movers would see if the lift could be made to serve. It sounds close, but they work miracles daily.

There would be stairs, if the lift won't do. Last time I had a grand delivered to an upstairs apartment, they glanced at the lift, and preferred the stairs. They had it whisked up and set up before I had caught my breath from coming up the steps after them.


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Thanks all for your replies. I like your humour, Jeff!

The Yamaha e-store website stated they can only do lifts, no stairs. I’m hoping that the store can deliver directly, without me having to engage a 3rd party mover to do the stairs.

I’m on the 3rd floor, with a spiral staircase between the 2nd-3rd floor, which makes it challenging, if not impossible.

You’re right, I’ll probably have to check with Yamaha directly whether they can fit the YUS5 into the lift. That will solve all problems :-)

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Hi Grace,

Just so I could visualize better, I converted cm. into inches. That makes your lift basically 40” x 50”.

The piano would have to be on its side, then you are dealing with 51 1/2” (131 cm) by 24 1/2” (65 cm).

You’ve got a shot, but without seeing the exact set up of your lift, I couldn’t be sure.

Good luck!


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That is a very small elevator, make sure it can handle the weight of the piano.


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Originally Posted by Learux
That is a very small elevator, make sure it can handle the weight of the piano.
I have never heard of a lift that small !

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I have seen them crane a piano through a 3rd floor window. So If there’s the will, there’s a way.

Pianos are about 5 feet wide so, on its side, on a dolly it shouldn’t be any taller than a person. It should fit. But definitely check on the weight capacity of the lift.


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Can I add that they used to make upright pianos such that the keyboard could be easily removed to make the piano narrower and lighter, to get them up stairs and into NYC apartments. I don’t know if modern uprights are capable of such flexibility.


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Originally Posted by Lady Bird
Originally Posted by Learux
That is a very small elevator, make sure it can handle the weight of the piano.
I have never heard of a lift that small !

Lady Bird,

Buildings here in the USA, particularly on the West Coast have modern elevators built into their designs. Most of Europe have much smaller elevators, many of which were built into older construction that had no elevator when the building was originally constructed.

We do have some of that here on the East Coast (think NYC). My great grandmother lived in lower Manhattan and her building DID have an elevator, but it was very small (and when I was in it I was pretty small, too). grin


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That is a very small elevator, make sure it can handle the weight of the piano.
I have never heard of a lift that small !

Lady Bird,

Buildings here in the USA, particularly on the West Coast have modern elevators built into their designs. Most of Europe have much smaller elevators, many of which were built into older construction that had no elevator when the building was originally constructed.

We do have some of that here on the East Coast (think NYC). My great grandmother lived in lower Manhattan and her building DID have an elevator, but it was very small (and when I was in it I was pretty small, too). grin
Oh I have forgotten about those "cage--like elevators" from when I was much younger.
When I think of the US, I always just conjure up the fabulous architecture with elevators big enough to "elevate" an African elephant . Perhaps an image from some movie showing Michael Douglas and entourage ascending to a grand apartment waiting for him. 😆

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Actually those small lifts from the 30's or 40's were often quite beautiful, fitting the (Deco) style of those buildings.
Sometimes quite ornate., then became larger and incorporated the use of a lift man to press the buttons. In Paris in the 80's there were buildings near the university 6 or 7 floors high with no lifts.
So back to Gracies problem ., yes I now fully understand, that I remember those small lifts now. Thanks for reminding
me Rich !

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