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  1. 1. At least three people are needed to handle a baby grand piano. If the baby grand piano needs to go up or down stairs or if a full orconcert grand piano needs to be transported, a minimum of four people are needed.
  2. 2. Always complete a thorough and accurate inventory It may be necessary orpreferable to use a visual inventory to adequately describe and showpre-existing damage As various parts are disassembled, please place allhardware in a properly labeled parts bag and then place the parts bag in a"Parts Box" Remove the music rack (lyre) from its track by pulling it toward thekeyboard Wrap it in a clean furniture pad Disconnect the lid by removing thehinge pins Have one person wiggle the lid, holding it opposite the hinge, whilea second person works the pin loose
  3. 3. Please be careful not to damage the wood with the pliers or with the pin itselfIf necessary, cover the jaws of the pliers with a small cloth to help preventdamage to the wood Wrap the lid in a clean furniture pad Remove the propthat holds the lid open and wrap it in a clean furniture pad The prop has ahinge pin and is in two pieces Remove the pedal assembly and wrap it in aclean furniture pad
  4. 4. The braces at the rear of the assembly rest in slots at each end Whenremoving the screws, please be careful not to drop the braces In addition,please be especially careful with the push rods so that they will not get bentAs you face the piano, number the push rods from left to right as "1", "2", and"3", by placing a piece of masking tape with the appropriate number on eachrod Note: If masking tape is unavailable, please use correctly labeled partsbags for this purpose When reassembling at destination, please be sure to putthe rods in the correct order so that the pedals will work properly
  5. 5. Pad the piano by placing a clean rolled furniture pad (stretch wrap the pad toprevent it from unrolling) on the cover of the keyboard to prevent it fromflopping open while you handle the piano Cover the top of the piano with twoclean furniture pads, neatly folded around the keyboard Use rubber bands tosecure the pads Note: Please ensure that the surface of the piano is dust-freebefore padding it Padding a highly polished surface that is dusty may causefine scratches, especially on a black lacquer finish Position a piano board andattach the straps so that it is ready to receive the piano
  6. 6. The raised brace on the piano board should be at the keyboard end of thepiano Remove the left front leg by positioning one person underneath thepiano at the left end of the keyboard The other two people should support theleft front corner The person underneath the piano must turn the retaining blockso that the long end points away from the leg The screws, if there are any,should then be removed The "underneath" person should then get out fromunder the piano before actually removing the leg
  7. 7. Be sure to have two people lifting the corner of the piano while the thirdperson removes the leg Note: Please be sure tonote which legs were removed from which positions since some pianos havelegs that are not interchangeable Place the piano on the piano board bylowering the "leg-less" end onto the board Please be sure to lift the entirepiano slightly while completing this maneuver to prevent undue pressure onthe remaining, attached legs as the piano tips Lift the piano to an uprightposition on the board Note: Please ensure that the soundboard is securebefore lifting
  8. 8. Be sure that the piano is centered snugly against the brace at the end of thepiano board Note: Never leave the piano unattended Always have at leastone person holding the piano steady at all times Remove the two remaininglegs and wrap them in clean furniture pads These legs are held in place by a"key and slot" arrangement To remove the leg, slide it inward toward thecenter of the piano until it comes out of the slot
  9. 9. Secure the piano to the piano board by bringing the ends of the strapstogether and fastening them Place folded burlap pads over the furniture padsbut under the straps to provide additional protection to the edges of the pianoTo prevent the strap near the narrow end of the piano from slipping off, tie theloose ends of the two straps together To move the piano over a flat, levelsurface, tilt the piano and piano board and place a four-wheel dolly under thecenter of the piano board To move the piano up or down stairs, use the pianoboard as a skid After sufficiently padding the stairs for protection againstresidence damage, place the keyboard end of the piano toward the bottom ofthe stairs
  10. 10. Attach a hump strap to the top end of the piano board to prevent the pianofrom slipping To load the piano, leave it on the piano board and place it in atier as the first base item with the keyboard towards the wall or the precedingtier The best place to load the padded lid is between the piano and thepreceding tier or between the piano and the wall Now you got all theinformation " How to move a Baby Grand Piano " Ready for the challenge? Ifyou answer: " Not yet " - Than call the professional Piano movers
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