How to pack a piano

how to pack a piano

Piano removals is an age-old source of comedy in films. Comedians have been dropping pianos on unaware passers-by since the golden age of cinema (and probably before). Laurel and Hardy give a fantastic example of what not to do when attempting to relocate a piano in this video.

Moving your piano

Pianos are, of course, incredibly heavy and awkward to move. Unless you wish to add a visit to the chiropractors to your to-do list, you should always arrange for a team of professionals to come help move a piano.

Not only are pianos large, they are also delicate. Tensile wires connecting brittle keys with fine-tuned metal can all be damaged should an unfortunate accident happen. Taking care to outsource your delivery to one of the most professional removal companies with special training is therefore of paramount importance.

Don’t forget to communicate any issues you might have, as your removals specialists should be made aware of any problems or difficulties you may be facing. Talking is always beneficial, if only to alleviate any concerns or worries you may have.

Protecting yourself against damage

Of course, accidents do happen and it is always a good idea to make sure that you are covered against any kind of damage. Contact us today to ask about our insurance options, all of which are approved by the BAR association.

There are a few necessary steps you should take in order to mitigate the risk of damage. For example, don’t forget to close and lock the keyboard lid with a key before our removal experts arrive: You could risk damaging your keyboard should the lid open mid-transit.

Wrapping your piano in blankets and other protective layers is also a must. Taking care to protect your piano against any unfortunate bumps or scratches is highly recommended. Placing polystyrene protection around any edges, especially the corners, can help prevent any unsightly surface damage.

Keeping your piano happy

Finally, don’t forget that you will need to tune your piano once it arrives in its new home. Interestingly, this has less to do with the business of moving the piano itself and more to do with the change in humidity levels. Rising or falling humidity readings can affect the piano’s wires, causing them to warp and take on different notes.

Need any help?

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