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How is My Piano Protected for Moving?

Pianos are wrapped with padded moving blankets

Grand pianos are put onto their side on a padded board and then the three legs as well as the pedal lyre assembly is removed and the whole piano is blanket-wrapped and padded. We wrap every one nicely so it’s all self-contained and it’s very well-cushioned during the shipment.

We also carefully wrap your upright piano. We use a blanket wrap and pad to protect the finish, which is covered by padded blankets the entire time it’s being moved.  By fully wrapping your piano, this provides a cushion from possible damage during the piano move.

Video Transcript

Everybody, this is Luke Walter at Walter Piano Transport and Piano Market Plus. Today we’re going over how we wrap our pianos, especially our upright pianos in our semi-trailers.

First we’re going to start off with the foam we use. The foam we use is extra thick foam, it’s a little bit more dense than you see around. It doesn’t compress and make gaps in the load. Since we’re putting about 25 pianos straight in, we want to make sure that we don’t create any gaps within our load. This prevents shifts, this foam is dense enough, it doesn’t allow that to happen, but it still takes impact if it needs to. This [foam pad] goes on the front and the back of every single piano in in our semi trailers. This not only protects the next piano from hitting it, but also the back of your piano from getting banged up and the front of your piano from being banged up.

Next we’re gonna go over is the blankets we use. So we use these large moving blankets, we specially ordered them to have more cotton No, they still have some polyester but they’re mainly cotton. That way they don’t slide off the piano. We’ve gotten some piano blankets back in the past that had too much polyester in them and they just slide right off. We will make sure your blankets stay firm, they stay right where they need to be like on the edges of the legs, and all those different areas. This top link is just one we use to hold all the blankets underneath. These blankets are covering main points like your front corners all the way down to the edges of your casters, because there’s of course finish all the way down here and we don’t want that to get chipped either.

Blankets are also covering the back edges of the piano. the back edge of the lid in the sides of the piano of course finished as well. So we don’t want those to get shipped out or banged up either. And also protect your hinges from getting bent.

Now we’re gonna go to the last thing we do in the trailer to protect your piano. One of the last things we do is we take these [wooden] blocks, we cut these blocks to a common size. They’re about two and a half inches thick. We just do it enough where we can lift your piano, put the block under and take your castors completely off the ground. The bottom of the piano is super stable so it holds well. But we’re also taking all the weight off those casters so the casters don’t have issues…don’t get jammed up in them, or even scratch your casters up. That’s the last thing we do in the trailer.

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