In general there are two kinds of people in the world. There are those who think that they can save themselves a few dollars by moving their grand piano themselves, and those who have already moved a grand piano once and now know to hire a professional grand piano movers. The truth of the matter is that pianos are heavy. Very heavy. Some of them can even border on obscenely heavy.
The smallest of pianos still weigh about 150 kg [300 lbs.], with a concert grand weighing somewhere around 500 kg [half a ton]. To put that into perspective, that washing machine that you had so much trouble relocating in your laundry room probably only weighed about 75 kg [150 lbs.] at the very most. And just add to the fun, pianos are bulky and awkward to carry, and have a finish on them that will scratch or scuff if you even give them a harsh look that you should happen to drops crushed. And if you should happen to drop it because you crushed your hand against the corner of a wall, the cost of renovating or replacing it can be… somewhat expensive. If you think that moving a grand piano is too expensive, try to find out how much it is to have one renovated or refinished and you’ll feel a lot better. While some residential moving companies will be able to handle moving a grand piano, you’re probably better off in hiring a specialized grand piano moving company in Toronto.
My father used to tell me that with the right tools, all jobs become easy. That being said, three of your friends, a case of beer, and some pizza are NOT the right tools for grand piano moving. Qualified movers have a multitude of specialized moving equipment specifically geared towards. Pianos and grand pianos are exceptionally delicate musical instruments, and even a moderate amount of force in the wrong location can permanently alter the piano’s acoustic output. If you still have your mind set on move your grand piano yourself even after reading this, here are a few pieces of advice to help you try and minimize the inevitable horror to come.
For most people, their grand piano will be the third most expensive object which they purchase in their lifetime, after their house and their car. Unless your grand piano is already in terrible condition, it makes a very little sense to try to move it yourself. Trust us that you don’t want to do it yourself, and hire someone who knows what they’re doing.
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