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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 goup or down stairs or if a full or concert 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 The braces at the rear of the assembly rest in slots at eachend
  4. 4. When removing the screws, please be careful not to drop the braces Inaddition, please be especially careful with the push rods so that they will notget bent As 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 numberon each rod Note: If masking tape is unavailable, please use correctly labeledparts bags for this purpose When reassembling at destination, please be sureto put the rods in the correct order so that the pedals will work properly Padthe 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
  5. 5. Use rubber bands to secure the pads Note: Please ensure that the surface ofthe piano is dust-free before padding it Padding a highly polished surface thatis dusty may cause fine scratches, especially on a black lacquer finishPosition a piano board and attach the straps so that it is ready to receive thepiano The raised brace on the piano board should be at the keyboard end ofthe piano 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
  6. 6. The person underneath the piano must turn the retaining block so that thelong end points away from the leg The screws, if there are any, should thenbe removed The "underneath" person should then get out from under thepiano before actually removing the leg Be sure to have two people lifting thecorner of the piano while the third person removes the leg Note: Please be sure to note which legswere removed from which positions since some pianos have legs that are notinterchangeable Place the piano on the piano board by lowering the "leg-less"end onto the board Please be sure to lift the entire piano slightly whilecompleting this maneuver to prevent undue pressure on the remaining,attached legs as the piano tips
  7. 7. Lift the piano to an upright position on the board Note: Please ensure that thesoundboard is secure before lifting Be sure that the piano is centered snuglyagainst the brace at the end of the piano board Note: Never leave the pianounattended Always have at least one person holding the piano steady at alltimes Remove the two remaining legs and wrap them in clean furniture padsThese legs are held in place by a "key and slot" arrangement
  8. 8. To remove the leg, slide it inward toward the center of the piano until it comesout of the slot Secure the piano to the piano board by bringing the ends of thestraps together and fastening them Place folded burlap pads over the furniturepads but under the straps to provide additional protection to the edges of thepiano To prevent the strap near the narrow end of the piano from slipping off,tie the loose ends of the two straps together To move the piano over a flat,level surface, tilt the piano and piano board and place a four-wheel dolly underthe center of the piano board To move the piano up or down stairs, use thepiano board as a skid After sufficiently padding the stairs for protection againstresidence damage, place the keyboard end of the piano toward the bottom ofthe stairs
  9. 9. 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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