There are some pieces of fine furniture that you just should not try to move by yourself. Large, tall expensive antique bookcases and display cabinets with large glass fronts come to mind. Heavy carved brittle heirloom sofas as well. And Uncle Bevin’s baby grand piano. You tried that one once and swore it would stay with the house if you ever sold. Now the house is sold and you are moving to a nice retirement chalet up the hill from Colorado Springs and the new owners insist that the piano must be gone. Over the years you have grown kind of fond of the thing, anyhow. But you really, really do not want to move it yourself again, because of the last time taught you that some things are best left to a professional. When you have a piano or large organ dilemma, call piano movers Colorado Springs trusts with their fine instruments. Ask at your child’s school or one of the fine organizations with a hall here, the university in particular, or the concert center, whom they contact and trust to move the large grand pianos and heavy, tall uprights and studios. They will be able to give you names of companies that consistently move those difficult pieces of furniture and do it as gently as possible.
Pianos are notorious for getting out of tune when they are moved, and it is always suggested to contact your piano tuner in the area to come check and adjust your instrument after a change. The reasons include the shifting that occurs and interaction between wood, brass, and metal when strings and jostled and intricate wooden pieces are strained. Colorado Springs piano movers know that pianos have a tendency to dry out in south-central Colorado’s general lack of humidity. If an inexperienced moving company that does not know the correct way to move such a large and delicate instrument handles the job, they can very easily crack key components or the body of the piano during the move because sometimes the wood becomes brittle, especially in older instruments. The piano can be sadly destroyed if not handled right.
A qualified mover that has experience in piano moving will come prepared with specialized equipment. The pedals and harp will be removed. If possible, the legs will be removed as well to avoid any chance of them breaking. If it is a grand style of body, the piano must be lifted and gently turned towards the lower (as in octave) side of the keyboard on its side and gently sat into a cradle on a special piano dolly. The reason it has to be turned like this is if you tilt and tip a piano with force on an edge, it is highly likely something with break loose, sometimes severely. All pianos lids and keyboard covers should be well secured in a way as to not damage finish or hinges for this transfer. Also, if a music stand is present, it either needs to be wrapped and secured down flat or removed.
When the piano arrives at the new destination, the process is reversed. It is very important that legs are not overturned into their receiving socket, as it is easy to strip threads. When done, the mover should check each key for a strike before signing off the invoice. Call your tuner, and enjoy Uncle Bevin’s memories once more in your new home.