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Originally Posted by Emery Wang
Yeah, I'm always leery about buckling a leg. On mine I moved the front a little, then the back, in sort of a shimmy. I also lifted up on the end I was moving to reduce the friction on the ground and the lateral force on the leg(s) of the end being moved.

This is so important. There are some instances of a grand piano being pushed across a floor from the keyboard end and the leading caster - the one at the tail, obviously - getting caught on some slight joint in the flooring. The result was the leg breaking off and the piano collapsing.

That's why it's best to
1) pull the piano instead of pushing it and
2) have help in lifting some of the weight while the piano is being moved.

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Originally Posted by PianoWorksATL
There is also a version of the caster in my photo that is wrapped in rubber (or maybe nylon) that offers a bit more floor protection.

The installation of either type varies depending on what original caster your piano uses, however the added advantage is that this type does not significantly change the height of the piano.

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This type of stage caster looks great, but oh boy you have to be ready for the price! When I looked i found options to import costing over $1k for a set of 3. Is there a modestly priced version of these I've overlooked?

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We have them. Makes moving the piano to clean under it a breeze. Our living room floors are bamboo.

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I don't know of any affordable version of the individual locking casters, but I wanted to share your options in case you were still considering the stage truck.


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Emery's solution is similar to what I suggest.

If you are at all fit you can get down on all fours and use your back to lift one corner of a grand piano enough to place a thick cloth pad between each wheel and the hardwood floor. You have the pick the spots on the bottom where you push your back up to avoid sharp edges. Then slowly slide the piano to where you want it. If you have skeletal/muscle issues, don't.

Caster cups that have felt on the bottom will also often allow this motion. Just be sure when you mop the floor not to get the felt wet as it might stain color to the floor. That is why I am now felting all the caster cups I provide with white felt.


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