Having just purchased a beautiful second hand piano, I now have the dilemma of how to move it. Having received some ridiculous quotes from the professionals, and having access to three burly blokes and a van, I am considering moving the piano myself.
Any advice on how to go about it, ie what will be needed, would be much appreciated. What is best to use to protect the piano (as it is gloss black), and how it should be strapped down.
Any info would be great. Either that or anyone who can recommend someone in the Swindon or Kidderminster areas (where the piano is going from and to - 140 mile round trip) who can move the piano after 3.30pm in the week, or at the weekend for less than the £500 I was quoted, I may reconsider this option. I was also quoted £200, but this would be on a part load basis, but they wouldn't be able to give me times or dates until 24 hours before, and as the lady I have purchased the piano from is a teacher, it's not exactly convenient to find out they are coming at 10am the following day!!
p.s soooo excited about getting a piano!!
I would look at the part load again but with a confirmed pick up
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Ask your local tuner / tech. They will know who moves pianos in the area.
There's nobody near me as far as I am aware who specifically moves pianos, but guy I use mainly moves industrial and laboratory equipment, much of which is very delicate and worth tens of thousands of pounds, if not more. He is great at moving pianos and antiques as he takes great care over it, and often transports them along with his normal cargo which keeps the costs down. He's moved medical equipment within a hospital, lifted a huge church bell into place etc. I remember him telling me about having to move a pianola up two flghts of very narrow stairs! Such a person will know how to strap it down for transit and how to protect it.
£200 sounds pretty good. No doubt the seller has some friend or neighbour who could be there when the piano is collected.