Piano moving can be difficult so it’s important to use reliable movers with experience in the field rather than light movers who do apartments and less complicated transfers. Even nationwide movers don’t always have a lot of expertise in pianos, so it’s important to check on who can move your piano. One of the first things to do is to determine the types of pianos, their sizes and suggested crew size to move them.
Spinet pianos are the smallest of upright pianos (spinet, console, studio and upright). They are generally 36”-39” tall and 58” wide ranging in weight from 250-300 pounds. 2 men can handle these, unless flights of stairs are involved. If stairs are involved, a 3rd mover is probably a good idea.
A console is a little larger than the spinet measuring 40” to 43” tall and approximately 58” wide ranging around 300 to 350 pounds. Like any spinet, 2 men can handle without stairs and a 3rd man is better when flights are added.
Studio pianos are popular in schools and music studios because of high tone quality. They are generally 45” to 48”tall and 58”wide. The weight usually ranges from 300 to 400 pounds, and the preferred crew size should be 3 movers without stairs and 4 movers with stairs.
This is the largest and heaviest of the four pianos; they range from 48” to 50” tall and weigh 400 to 500 pounds, with the width of 58”. These pianos require a 4 man crew and can be even heavier if they are the “player” variety due to more internal guts.
Petite grand pianos are the smallest of the horizontal pianos measuring 4’5″ to 4’10” long. At least 3 movers are required for all horizontals because of disassembly of legs, removal of lids, music racks, and pedal assemblies. A “piano board” is also required for proper moving of horizontals. If the piano is moving up or down flights of stairs, a 4th mover is recommended.
This is the most popular size of horizontal measuring 4’11” to 5’7″ long. 3 men are fine for “baby grands” unless flights of stairs are involved, then a 4th mover is a good idea.
A parlor grand is similar to a “baby” ranging from 5’9” to 6’1” long. All other aspects resemble a “baby grand”. 3 movers are required for moving this piano, unless there are stairs involved, then a 4th mover should be used.
SEMI-CONCERT OR BALLROOM:
A semi concert or aka Ballroom piano measures about 7’ long. 4 men are preferred for handling this style of piano and anything larger. A 5TH mover can be added if there are flights of stairs involved.
At 9’ long this is the largest of all the horizontals and requires at least 4 men without stairs and should probably have a 5th or 6th man with flights of stairs.
The horizontals are definitely not for novices, because of the complicated disassembly, you should look for a company with extensive experience with these types of moves.
This list should provide you with tips and knowledge, in determining what style of piano you have when calling movers for estimates, and give you an idea of how many movers you will need to have your move done efficiently. Your accuracy in description can be the difference between the movers being prepared and unprepared to do your move properly.