When there is a need to transport a piano, many begin to wonder: why hire special movers? Maybe it is possible to cope somehow on their own, and it will be enough just to rent a truck.
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Probably someone can do it. But in 99% of cases, you will have a sad experience. Because a piano is not a cabinet. It's a very complex musical instrument with several thousand parts. Moving it requires not only strength but also great care and a certain amount of experience. It should not be tilted, shaken, or placed at an angle.
In addition, the piano is very heavy. You can find out how much a piano weighs in the instrument data sheet or in the reference material on our website. How to move it? It is good if the house has a freight elevator. But what if there is no elevator, and the stairwells are too small and narrow?
Moving a piano around Toronto is quite a quest. On the way you will be surrounded by many obstacles: narrow staircases and high thresholds, the lack of freight elevators and convenient access routes, traffic jams, and bumpy roads ... Only experienced movers and riggers, who specialize in transporting pianos, can cope with such a task.
If you still decided to try to transport the piano by yourself, below we will tell you what rules and requirements for the transportation of the musical instrument should be observed to avoid damage and spoiling it in the process.
Piano movers, who are engaged in the transportation of only this musical instrument, are somewhat different from the usual movers. Rather, they can be called riggers.
To work with heavy weights requires certain physical qualities. To cope with a burden that weighs more than 100 kilograms and not break your back you need not only good physical form but also endurance and an understanding of how to distribute the weight better on your shoulders and arms so that you do not hurt the instrument and your muscles do not break. Strength and endurance are one of the most important qualities for a professional loader. The ability of the human body to do the job with a certain weight for a long enough time.
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In addition to strength and experience, you also need special aids that movers use to make their work easier, such as:
Why such difficulties, you ask? To answer that question, just take a look at any manufacturer's data sheet that comes with your piano. Here, for example, is an excerpt from a 1956 piano manufacturer's datasheet:
It's all quite clear. Without some skill in handling such super-heavy loads, it will be difficult to ensure the safety of your piano during transport What do you prefer to spend your money on? For the repair of your favourite musical instrument, or for professional movers for its transportation? Our piano movers at Stawamus Chief only handle piano transportation. Therefore, they have a lot of experience with these musical instruments of different sizes. We can guarantee that your instrument will not be damaged in transit.