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#3164689 10/17/21 11:48 AM
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(Cross-posted from Tech forum - appreciate any experiences /suggestions from this group as well!)

Hello all,

I’ve done a search, but haven’t found my particular answers addressed – apologies for any redundancy. I’ve put this on the tech forum because I would greatly appreciate your knowledgeable guidance on a few different topics around a potential move from the SF Bay area to Chicago.

I have two pianos, and my questions are different for each of them:

1) I have a Yamaha N2 AvantGrand. Is this something that requires “real” piano movers, or is it something that could be safely moved with the rest of the household goods by regular movers? The latter, would of course, be much easier.

2) My 6’ Bechstein is a different matter, on several fronts

a. We’d be moving from Piano Climate Heaven (in terms of temp / humidity) to Piano Climate Hel-l. Depending on when that move might happen, would it make sense to temporarily store it in a climate controlled facility? I don’t know if moving it in, say, February, when it’s frigid / no-low humidity would cause any lasting damage, and if it would be better to move it in a milder month (April).

b. I had new hammers and bass strings put on 4 years ago, which of course included a full regulation. I give the piano a pretty good workout, so it’s getting close to that time for it to have another full regulation done. The issue: I have a fantastic tech here, and what lies ahead is an unknown; do I have a regulation done here by someone who knows my piano intimately (and who I know is a great tech), before the move, or wait until it’s moved and settled before getting it regulated by someone new and unknown (in other words – will the move have an impact on the regulation, and thus it’s better to wait)? I'll obviously talk to my tech about it, but additional data points are also welcome.

Thanks so much for any insights and guidance you can share.


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I moved house with my NU1 using regular movers; but I ensured they had a low loading tailgate truck with lift (elevator?), a suitable dolly for overcoming single steps and doorsills, and personally watched them encase it in blankets and strap it in the truck. So I made a bit of a fuss but they took it in their stride.

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Wow! That is a move to a different climate, for sure. Chicago has some fine technicians and I am happy to make a recommendation if you wish.

As far as your pianos are concerned, if you choose a general mover carefully, you could be just fine. As an alternative, you could have a local piano mover load the piano at the start of your move and another local piano mover unload the piano at the destination.
 


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Nothing against Chicago, Steve, but it sounds a lot like you would prefer to stay right here. Any chance of that?

In any case, "SF Bay Area" covers a lot of area, and if you have someone in the trade locally, already familiar to you, they might be able to direct you to a long-distance piano mover in whom you could have confidence. Appropriate insurance is a part of that confidence, as is a serious conversation about the advisability of moving pianos in climate-controlled vehicles.

I'll ask my tech if he has an opinion about your questions, and if he knows someone you might call to discuss it further. There have been conversations about this on this forum, but it has been some years back, and a more current discussion would probably serve you better. However, the older threads are there for the looking-up.


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Chicago has some fine technicians and I am happy to make a recommendation if you wish.

Thank you, Rich! I'll reach out to you separately for your suggestions. BTW - as a reminder - I visited you in your rebuilding shop on a Saturday early morning a few years back when I was visiting my son in college in NJ. He graduated back in May, so my occasions for being in the Philly area are reduced now.

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Nothing against Chicago, Steve, but it sounds a lot like you would prefer to stay right here. Any chance of that?

LOL Jeff! After living here for 25 years, there's inevitably a bit of Northern California bias that might creep into my words. We'll see how life progresses, but the likelihood is a move.

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Appropriate insurance is a part of that confidence, as is a serious conversation about the advisability of moving pianos in climate-controlled vehicles.

I'll ask my tech if he has an opinion about your questions, and if he knows someone you might call to discuss it further.

Your words are well noted, and appreciate you asking your tech.

And yes - the "Bay Area" is a large area. I live in the East Bay, and my tech is based in Sacramento!

Thanks,
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OMG, if you move from Bay Area to Chicago, I can hardly imagine your feelings in, say, February.
Unforgettable experience, I bet, is waiting for you!

P.S. I was so happy when my son chose NYC instead of Chicago for his college years!


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Originally Posted by Twindad
Thank you, Rich! I'll reach out to you separately for your suggestions. BTW - as a reminder - I visited you in your rebuilding shop on a Saturday early morning a few years back when I was visiting my son in college in NJ. He graduated back in May, so my occasions for being in the Philly area are reduced now.

Thanks,
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Of course I remember! Sorry you won't be in Philly again anytime soon, but we deliver to Chicago if ever the need arises. wink


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