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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 necessaryor preferable 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 ina "Parts Box" Remove the music rack (lyre) from its track by pulling ittoward the keyboard Wrap it in a clean furniture pad Disconnect the lidby removing the hinge pins Have one person wiggle the lid, holding itopposite the hinge, while a second person works the pin loose Please becareful not to damage the wood with the pliers or with the pin itself
  3. 3. If necessary, cover the jaws of the pliers with a small cloth to helpprevent damage to the wood Wrap the lid in a clean furniture padRemove the prop that holds the lid open and wrap it in a clean furniturepad The prop has a hinge pin and is in two pieces Remove the pedalassembly and wrap it in a clean furniture pad The braces at the rear ofthe assembly rest in slots at each end When removing the screws,please be careful not to drop the braces In addition, please be especiallycareful with the push rods so that they will not get bent
  4. 4. 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 correctlylabeled parts bags for this purpose When reassembling at destination,please be sure to put the rods in the correct order so that the pedals willwork properly Pad the piano by placing a clean rolled furniture pad(stretch wrap the pad to prevent it from unrolling) on the cover of thekeyboard to prevent it from flopping open while you handle the pianoCover the top of the piano with two clean furniture pads, neatly foldedaround the keyboard Use rubber bands to secure the pads Note: Pleaseensure that the surface of the piano is dust-free before padding itPadding a highly polished surface that is dusty may cause fine scratches,especially on a black lacquer finish
  5. 5. Position a piano board and attach the straps so that it is ready to receivethe piano The raised brace on the piano board should be at the keyboardend of the piano Remove the left front leg by positioning one personunderneath the piano at the left end of the keyboard The other twopeople should support the left front corner The person underneath thepiano must turn the retaining block so that the long end points away fromthe leg The screws, if there are any, should then be removed The"underneath" person should then get out from under the piano beforeactually removing the leg Be sure to have two people lifting the corner ofthe piano while the third person removes the leg
  6. 6. Note: Please be sure to note which legs were removed from whichpositions since some pianos have legs that are not interchangeablePlace the piano on the piano board by lowering the "leg-less" end ontothe board Please be sure to lift the entire piano slightly while completingthis maneuver to prevent undue pressure on the remaining, attached legsas the piano tips Lift the piano to an upright position on the board Note:Please ensure that the soundboard is secure before lifting Be sure thatthe piano is centered snugly against the brace at the end of the pianoboard Note: Never leave the piano unattended Always have at least oneperson holding the piano steady at all times
  7. 7. Remove the two remaining legs and wrap them in clean furniture padsThese legs are held in place by a "key and slot" arrangement To removethe leg, slide it inward toward the center of the piano until it comes out ofthe slot Secure the piano to the piano board by bringing the ends of thestraps together and fastening them Place folded burlap pads over thefurniture pads but under the straps to provide additional protection to theedges of the piano To prevent the strap near the narrow end of the pianofrom slipping off, tie the loose ends of the two straps together To movethe piano over a flat, level surface, tilt the piano and piano board andplace a four-wheel dolly under the center of the piano board To move thepiano up or down stairs, use the piano board as a skid
  8. 8. After sufficiently padding the stairs for protection against residencedamage, place the keyboard end of the piano toward the bottom of thestairs Attach a hump strap to the top end of the piano board to preventthe piano from slipping To load the piano, leave it on the piano boardand place it in a tier as the first base item with the keyboard towards thewall or the preceding tier The best place toload the padded lid is between the piano and the preceding tier orbetween the piano and the wall Now you got all the information " How tomove a Baby Grand Piano " Ready for the challenge? If you answer: "Not yet " - Than call the professional Piano movers
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