Moving a baby grand piano requires at least three people (four if stairs are involved) who will disassemble the major parts of the piano and use a dolly or piano board to relocate it. Professional movers know all the proper measures to disassemble the baby grand and move it without damaging the instrument.
Preparing to Move a Baby Grand Piano
Before beginning the process of disassembling and moving a baby grand piano, measure all doorways and tight corners to ensure that the piano will fit easily along its intended path. You should inform the movers of any steps, tight quarters, or accessibility issues that they may face so they can be properly prepared for the move. Also, make sure that the new location for the baby grand is large enough to accommodate it; otherwise you may have to pay to move the piano back to its original location.
Removing the Lid and Music Rack
Once the piano is covered with padding, it can now be shrink-wrapped.
First, remove the music rack by pulling it towards the keyboard. Next, you can remove the lid or top board of the baby grand by disconnecting the hinge pins. One person should wiggle the lid back and forth while the other works the pin loose with pliers. It is a good idea to cover any tools used in this process with a cloth to prevent scratches to the wood.
Once the lid is removed, the prop that holds up the lid should also be removed. These items should be set aside and covered with moving blankets or furniture pads. Finally, ensure that the cover for the piano keys is closed and secure.
Removing the Center Leg with Pedals
The next step is to remove the center leg with the pedals. Before dis-assembly, label the push-rods #1-3 from left to right (if you are facing the piano) with masking tape. Doing this will ensure that the rods will be reassembled in the correct order so that the pedals will work properly.
While removing the screws or Allen Keys, be sure not to drop any of the braces at the rear of the assembly or bend any of the push-rods. The pedal assembly will release straight down unless it is keyed, in which case it should be tapped on the top until it slides forward and can be removed.
Removing the Legs and Setting the Piano on its Side
Make sure that the piano is tightly secured with ropes or buckles.
Remove the fasteners of the front left (bass) leg and then gently use a rubber mallet to tap the leg on each side until it begins to move. Meanwhile, have two people on either side lift the baby grand slightly off the ground. Once this leg is dislodged, slowly lower that side of the piano all the way to the ground. Tip the piano onto its side so that the keyboard is vertical with the left (bass) side toward the ground and the right (treble) side pointed straight up. The left side of the piano is heavier, therefore that side should be closer to the ground. The other two legs can then be removed by sliding them toward the center of the piano until they release from their slot.
Loading the Piano
Make sure that the piano is tightly secured with ropes or buckles. With one person leading and two people steadying the piano.
In the process of moving a baby grand piano, double check that all disassembled parts of the piano are labeled, as this will make reassembly much easier after the move. The piano can now be wrapped in blankets or furniture pads and carefully lifted onto the dolly or skid board.
Make sure that the piano is tightly secured with ropes or buckles. With one person leading and two people steadying the piano, move it out onto the truck and secure it with more rope and buckles. Once the piano has arrived at the new location, use three people to unload and reassemble the piano.
Disassembling and moving a baby grand piano is a complicated procedure. However, if these specific steps and precautions are followed, moving a baby grand piano can take place quickly and efficiently.