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How to move a Spinet Piano

May 10, 2018

For the musically inclined of you out there, moving can prove to be particularly challenging, as most instruments need to be treated with special care and require different handling than your other belongings. This is even more true when it comes to moving pianos, as even the smallest piano starts at around 300 pounds. In this article, we will give you a couple of tips that should help you with moving your spinet piano.

The Spinet Piano

The spinet piano is the smallest of the family, an upright style piano of compact size. Regardless of its relatively small size, moving this piano can still prove to be a real challenge. Spinet pianos tend to be around 3 feet tall and around 58-60 inches long, a size shared with most other upright pianos. Despite this, spinet pianos weigh in at a minimum of 300 pounds, which automatically makes moving this piano a team effort to be undertaken with care.

If you’re thinking of moving your piano for whatever reason, the first thing you should consider is a careful planning of the route you will have to take. When moving a spinet piano, this doesn’t just mean making a list that looks like ‘move piano to truck; move piano from truck’. You will actually have to take a tape measure and ensure that every door and corner you plan on moving your piano through actually allows for it.  And add several inches for maneuvering.

On the day of the move, before starting to move your piano, make certain to have all doors open, the truck open and ramps in place before picking up that piano. Also, you should move the piano first. This way you’ll have plenty of space of maneuver it into place and secure it.

Moving the piano

A general rule of thumb in regards to how many people will be needed to move a piano is one person for each 100 pounds the piano has. This might sound like it’s too much, but it’s always better to overestimate than underestimate. This way, you’ll have people to swap in when somebody starts getting tired, or to help in other ways.

Preparing your piano for the move is a fairly straight-forward affair. Before you move your piano, make sure to lock down any lids on it, such as a keyboard lid. Then, you’ll want to wrap the piano in protective blankets and secure this with tape. An additional step to this would be using bubble wrap or any other plastic foil. It will protect the piano in case your moving day is a rainy one. This way, when you’re moving your piano it will be protected both from any scuffing, as well as the elements.

Final Word

Moving a spinet piano is the simplest, compared to other types of pianos. The low profile of this particular type of piano makes it relatively easy to get through any doors or stairwells. Just make sure everybody knows the route to take and have a firm grip on the piano. Also, baby steps is the way to go. If you’re moving your piano, don’t do so for more than a few feet at a time. This will allow everybody to reset their grips, or take a quick breather. Also, don’t hesitate to ask for help. Empire Movers is here for you, so give us a call anytime.