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We're planning to move from IA to the St George UT area later this Summer. Moving our 1920 Steinway Model O will perhaps be the most critical aspect. She has moved it before with a company that specializes in packing and crating grand pianos but this will be a much longer distance so we'll need to make arrangements with a company on the other side when the time comes.

I'd be interested to learn about your experiences with moving valuable instruments like this and any recommendations on finding expert handlers in our target area might be especially helpful.

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I suggest you call Walter Piano Transport, (I have no affiliation with them beyond using their services many times), 1-574-9045.


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I bought my 1893 Steinway model A in Detroit, moved it to Toledo, then Germany, where it was rebuilt. Back to California, then Pennsylvania, New Mexico, Texas, California and finally West Virginia. Moving was done by military hired commercial moving companies, which moved my entire household.

When in Germany I lived in a fourth floor apartment, piano went up and down 4 times. The last time a stout German mover put it on a piano board, put straps around it, single handedly lifted up with straps over his shoulders and walked it down four flights of stairs!

My opinion, it is not really hard to move. With a good piano board (most moving companies have one) and padding blankets it just takes a couple of strong men to move it. The piano stores well on the piano board.

Explain to the movers how valuable the piano is to you, watch them like a hawk, be nice but assertive. A reputable moving company knows how to move pianos.

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I would think that the distance is not critical as nothing should happen in the truck. The (un)packing is the critical action.

So why not take the one you have good experiences with?


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If you're doing any of the moving yourself, you could hire the same craters/movers that you mention you liked to crate it and load it on a uhaul trailer or truck and drive it yourself. On the other end talk to some local piano shops for the name of the mover they use and have them unload and uncrate it in your house. The place I bought my piano has their own movers, you might find a store like that. I think the risky part of any move is when the piano goes out of your sight. If you move it yourself you would have complete control over everything that happens.


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Originally Posted by Panama
I bought my 1893 Steinway model A in Detroit, moved it to Toledo, then Germany, where it was rebuilt. Back to California, then Pennsylvania, New Mexico, Texas, California and finally West Virginia. Moving was done by military hired commercial moving companies, which moved my entire household.

When in Germany I lived in a fourth floor apartment, piano went up and down 4 times. The last time a stout German mover put it on a piano board, put straps around it, single handedly lifted up with straps over his shoulders and walked it down four flights of stairs!

My opinion, it is not really hard to move. With a good piano board (most moving companies have one) and padding blankets it just takes a couple of strong men to move it. The piano stores well on the piano board.

Explain to the movers how valuable the piano is to you, watch them like a hawk, be nice but assertive. A reputable moving company knows how to move pianos.

Cool story, Panama!

I worked with a piano tuner when I was a kid in Stuttgart, and we served the DoD community there. His day job was breakfast and lunch at one of the dining facilities, and I'd help him in the afternoons and weekends.

Where were you stationed in Germany?


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Goeppingen, half way between Stuttgart and Neu Ulm, 50Km east of Stuttgart, 1984-87.

I knew Stuttgart well, “Lost bigger than Stuttgart” long before GPS.

Fond memories.

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Walter Piano is excellent and well priced but slow. If you are in a hurry there other movers who may be faster at much higher prices.

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Originally Posted by Panama
Goeppingen, half way between Stuttgart and Neu Ulm, 50Km east of Stuttgart, 1984-87.

I knew Stuttgart well, “Lost bigger than Stuttgart” long before GPS.

Small world! I went to Stuttgart American High School with kids from Göppingen!

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