Austin Piano Moving
When we started in the moving and storage industry over 12 years ago, it was standard practice to have all of your household items moved by a moving company, and then have your piano moved by a specialized company that only moved pianos. This created extra work and necessitated close coordination between the customer and the 2 moving companies, not to mention the extra costs and tips for all of those movers. It was obvious to us that it would be beneficial for everyone involved to combine these two moving needs and have a moving company that could move all of your household items, as well as be professionally trained and experienced in moving a specialized and delicate instrument like a piano.
Within a few years, we had built a fully trained and experienced team that specialized in packing, moving and storing upright, baby grand and grand pianos. By combining these skill sets and with our continuous training requirements, we have built a team of professional movers that is able to save you time, money and energy when moving your piano. We follow all of the best practices and training of the Piano Technicians Academy so you know your piano will be disassembled, wrapped, and relocated with the best tools, materials and skills that the industry has to offer. training of the Piano Technicians Academy so you know your piano will be disassembled, wrapped, and relocated with the best tools, materials and skills that the industry has to offer.
After your piano’s move
Many people believe that if a piano is moved professionally and correctly then it should not need any tuning or maintenance after the move. Unfortunately, this is not accurate. The change in temperature and humidity levels from your piano’s original location to their new destination (even if this is a different room in the same house), then your piano is likely to undergo some changes in the delicate wooden parts on the sound board. It is recommended to get your piano maintenance at least every year (twice a year or more often if this is a concert or student/teacher piano). Your piano will also need this maintenance after it has been exposed to a change in temperature or humidity.
It is recommended that you place your piano in a location that is away from direct sunlight, drafts from a door or window and air vents. Keeping your piano in a location that is temperature controlled to be between 65 and 75 degrees and 40-50% humidity will help your instrument live a long life and stay performance ready.
Types of pianos
This is the largest and loudest of pianos and is most often seen in concert halls and being played in symphonies. The sound board on these pianos is horizontal, meaning that when you open the top of the piano you will see the strings reaching from the keys of the piano to the opposite end of the piano. This is what makes the sound louder and more ‘grand’. A baby grand piano has the same layout and structure, but is smaller in scale to accommodate a smaller residential sized room. These pianos are typically more expensive to purchase and to maintain.
This piano is usually placed up against a wall in people’s homes and is smaller and taller in size. The sound board in this kind of a piano is vertical, so when you look at the back of the piano you’ll be able to see the strings reach from the top of the piano to the floor. This layout can make for a quieter sound that better fits the size of a residence. These pianos are usually cheaper to purchase and maintain, but there are versions that can get just as expensive as a grand or baby grand piano.
This is the smallest, most cost efficient and transportable of the piano types. While this kind of piano will need to be plugged into a power supply, the size is typically not much larger than the keyboard itself and the stand that it sits upon. No tuning is needed for this kind of piano, and they often have a range of different sound effects and background noises that can accompany the music played on it. No special moving procedures or techniques are utilized for an electric piano and they do not need to be tuned or maintained. They are also not impacted by changes in temperatures and humidity since they do not have any of the wooden components that typical pianos have.