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Please pardon me for using layman terms. When a technician pull the whole keyboard register to e.g to do regulation towards him, what's the distant the whole keyboard is pulled towards you from the keybed?

I am asking so when i put my grand at a specific location, i can estimate how much space a technician need.

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It would be nice if more grand piano owners thought about this, so thanks! It's actually an interesting question...I'm thinking about 5-6 feet from the edge of the keyboard would be nice and 4 feet would be workable. I'm thinking about not only pulling it out to sit on our lap but then pulling it out to put somewhere else.


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It would be nice if more grand piano owners thought about this, so thanks! It's actually an interesting question...I'm thinking about 5-6 feet from the edge of the keyboard would be nice and 4 feet would be workable. I'm thinking about not only pulling it out to sit on our lap but then pulling it out to put somewhere else.

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In this photo, it looked like its less than an adult's two forearm length. Would 4/5/6 feet be typo error, please?

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Originally Posted by That Guy
It would be nice if more grand piano owners thought about this, so thanks!

Indeed!!! Thoughtful question!!!

Now if we could get them to not shove the right side of the piano too close to walls so we have to move the entire piano just to tune the highest treble notes (or be forced to use weird unnatural hammer positions/techniques)!

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My piano is at an angle to a bookcase behind. Distance at right angles to the book case is 24" at one end and 40" at the other. Too tight really.


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"In this photo, it looked like its less than an adult's two forearm length. Would 4/5/6 feet be typo error, please?"

What I'm thinking about is the distance from the edge of the piano all the way to the techs back or back of the bench, so this depends on the stature of the person. For me (I'm just under 6 feet tall) I'd say 4 feet would be a minimum to pull it all the way out and place it on a table to work on. But hey, it's your piano, do whatever you'd like wink


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Originally Posted by That Guy
"In this photo, it looked like its less than an adult's two forearm length. Would 4/5/6 feet be typo error, please?"

What I'm thinking about is the distance from the edge of the piano all the way to the techs back or back of the bench, so this depends on the stature of the person. For me (I'm just under 6 feet tall) I'd say 4 feet would be a minimum to pull it all the way out and place it on a table to work on. But hey, it's your piano, do whatever you'd like wink

Thanks for sharing your experience.

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Originally Posted by That Guy
It would be nice if more grand piano owners thought about this, so thanks! It's actually an interesting question...I'm thinking about 5-6 feet from the edge of the keyboard would be nice and 4 feet would be workable. I'm thinking about not only pulling it out to sit on our lap but then pulling it out to put somewhere else.

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In this photo, it looked like its less than an adult's two forearm length. Would 4/5/6 feet be typo error, please?

4-6 ft is a fairly standard estimate. You really need to leave plenty of room for your tech— unless you want a new tech every time you need work done 😊


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Not a tech but I take my action out occasionally. I need 28" to move the bench back and rest it on my legs for certain types of work; and slightly less that that to take the action out.

The hammers just need to clear the piano frame plus a few inches (for insurance) and then one can lift it up and move sideways with it to place it on a bench. I've measured this since I am considering moving the piano.

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If the technician is not huge, a meter works for all grands but 3 meter grands. A 3 meter grands need 1.2 meters.


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It would be nice if MOVERS thought about this for final positioning.
Of course, it would also be nice if movers didn't bash up the case, switch pedal rods, put screws back in the wrong places, lose lyre braces, "misplace" benches, etc.

Recently, I came across a recently moved piano in which the movers--for whatever reason--had decided it would be a good idea to remove all the trap work. I was handed a bunch of parts in a box; luckily everything was there. Also would have been nice if they hadn't tried to jam the wrong size hinge pin into the lid. And switched the rods of course. Apparently that's mandatory.

Professional piano movers are fine, but all the other moving companies that think they can move pianos....they are the bane of my existence.

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Originally Posted by Scott Cole, RPT
It would be nice if MOVERS thought about this for final positioning.
Of course, it would also be nice if movers didn't bash up the case, switch pedal rods, put screws back in the wrong places, lose lyre braces, "misplace" benches, etc.

Recently, I came across a recently moved piano in which the movers--for whatever reason--had decided it would be a good idea to remove all the trap work. I was handed a bunch of parts in a box; luckily everything was there. Also would have been nice if they hadn't tried to jam the wrong size hinge pin into the lid. And switched the rods of course. Apparently that's mandatory.

Professional piano movers are fine, but all the other moving companies that think they can move pianos....they are the bane of my existence.

And where do all those missing legs and lyres go, anyway? Is there some piano case parts graveyard or land-based Bermuda Triangle sort of thing where these things wind up at?


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