Your spinet piano is a unique instrument that needs special care when moving. It is not as sturdy as an upright piano and needs extra precautions to protect the drop keys.
When hiring a piano mover for your spinet, it’s essential to put their knowledge to the test. Ask them how they will treat your piano differently than an ordinary upright. If they don’t have an answer quickly, then continue on your search.
If you’re going to move your piano on your own, it’s essential to follow all of the steps strictly to prevent damaging the instrument.
What you will need to move a spinet piano
At first glance, moving a spinet piano is the same as moving any other type of large, heavy keyboard. The materials you need are the same.
First, you’ll need protection materials.
When moving a piano, you don’t only risk damaging the instrument itself. Care must also be taken to protect the floors and walls that you’ll be passing. Moving blankets, cardboard, and plastic wrap are ideal materials to prevent bangs, scuffs, or scrapes to the piano, walls, and floor.
Second, you’ll need lifting and moving equipment.
Most obviously, you’ll need a moving dolly and heavy-duty straps. The dolly must be able to handle the size and weight of the piano. The straps should reach around the entire instrument in a way that is snug but doesn’t cause damage.
You’ll also need items to help you lift confidently. Work gloves or weightlifting straps can help ensure a secure grip while you move and navigate the piano.
Now that you’ve got what it takes, let’s discuss how to use it.
The process of moving a spinet piano
Before we dive into the specific steps for how to transfer a spinet piano, we’d like to reiterate the benefits of hiring a professional piano mover for the task. Their training and tools make the process low-risk and fast.
They know how to protect tight corners and navigate stairs. They lift without damaging their backs or your sensitive drop keys. Your floors will not be scuffed, and the piano will remain unscathed.
If you’re still determined to move the piano on your own, here’s what you do:
1. Protect the piano itself, paying particular attention to the keys.
Your spinet piano has a mechanism below the keys that creates the sound. If this gets bumped the wrong way, it can break the keys and make it unable to produce sound. So, when you move the instrument, keep the keys secure.
We recommend putting cardboard around the lid to keep it down. Tape cardboard or blankets to the bottom of the lid to protect the keys. Wrap the entire keyboard in blankets to prevent the exterior from damage.
2. Clear and measure the pathway.
The worst possible scenario of moving your spinet piano is ending up with it stuck in a precarious position. This unintended situation can cause damage to the keyboard, your home, or injuries to those moving it.
It’s vital to know that all corners, rooms, and stairways are navigable before it’s too late. Measure twice, move once – as the saying goes.
3. Use safe lifting techniques to transport to the moving van.
At all times, the piano should be attached to your moving dolly securely with heavy-duty straps. For further control and security, you’ll need at least one person pushing and one person pulling constantly. These forces from both directions prevent the piano from sliding out of control.
It’s crucial that those involved lift with their legs and lower body, instead of their backs. Plant your feet about hip-width apart and squat down to have your arms straight across from what they’re holding. Then, drive through your heels and push with your legs as you stand and lift the heavy piano.
4. Secure the piano at the back of the moving truck.
It’s important to always put the heaviest items at the back of the truck to keep the weight from tipping the moving van backward. Plus, proper placement allows you to pack around the heavy item carefully. You’ll have control over item placement to ensure nothing will hurt the piano keys or damage the frame.