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  1. 1. At least three people are needed to handle a babygrand piano. If the baby grand piano needs to go up 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 benecessary or preferable to use a visual inventory to adequatelydescribe and show pre-existing damage As various parts aredisassembled, please place all hardware in a properly labeled partsbag and then place the parts bag in a "Parts Box" Remove themusic rack (lyre) from its track by pulling it toward the keyboardWrap it in a clean furniture pad Disconnect the lid by removing thehinge pins Have one person wiggle the lid, holding it opposite thehinge, while a second person works the pin loose Please be carefulnot to damage the wood with the pliers or with the pin itself Ifnecessary, 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 cleanfurniture pad
  3. 3. 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 rearof the assembly rest in slots at each end When removing thescrews, please be careful not to drop the braces In addition, pleasebe 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 appropriatenumber on each rod Note: If masking tape is unavailable, pleaseuse correctly labeled parts bags for this purpose Whenreassembling at destination, please be sure to put the rods in thecorrect order so that the pedals will work properly Pad the piano byplacing a clean rolled furniture pad (stretch wrap the pad to prevent itfrom unrolling) on the cover of the keyboard to prevent it fromflopping open while you handle the piano Cover the top of the pianowith two clean furniture pads, neatly folded around the keyboardUse rubber bands to secure the pads
  4. 4. Note: Please ensure that the surface of the piano is dust-free beforepadding it Padding a highly polished surface that is dusty may causefine scratches, especially on a black lacquer finish Position a pianoboard and attach the straps so that it is ready to receive the pianoThe raised brace on the piano board should be at the keyboard endof 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 underneaththe piano must turn the retaining block so that the long end pointsaway from the leg The screws, if there are any, should then beremoved The "underneath" person should then get out from underthe piano before actually removing the leg Be sure to have twopeople lifting the corner of the piano while the third person removesthe leg Note: Please be sure to note which legs were removed fromwhich positions since some pianos have legs that are notinterchangeable
  5. 5. Place the piano on the piano board by lowering the "leg-less" endonto the board Please be sure to lift the entire piano slightly whilecompleting this maneuver to prevent undue pressure on theremaining, attached legs as the pianotips Lift the piano to an upright position on the board Note: Pleaseensure that the soundboard is secure before lifting Be sure that thepiano is centered snugly against the brace at the end of the pianoboard Note: Never leave the piano unattended Always have at leastone person holding the piano steady at all times Remove the tworemaining legs and wrap them in clean furniture pads These legsare held in place by a "key and slot" arrangement To remove theleg, 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 ofthe straps together and fastening them
  6. 6. Place folded burlap pads over the furniture pads but under thestraps to provide additional protection to the edges of the piano Toprevent the strap near the narrow end of the piano from slipping off,tie the loose ends of the two straps together To move the pianoover a flat, level surface, tilt the piano and piano board and place afour-wheel dolly under the center of the piano board To move thepiano up or down stairs, use the piano board as a skid Aftersufficiently padding the stairs for protection against residencedamage, place the keyboard end of the piano toward the bottom ofthe stairs Attach a hump strap to the top end of the piano board toprevent the piano from slipping To load the piano, leave it on thepiano board and place it in a tier as the first base item with thekeyboard towards the wall 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 to move a Baby Grand Piano " Ready for the challenge? If youanswer: " Not yet " - Than call the professional Piano movers
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