Piano Moves & Moving

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We do not offer intrastate moves unless in California.

Sterling Van Lines is a leading pioneer for 30 years in the moving industry, specializing in full service piano moving across the United States. If you need to move a piano within the state of California or from one state to another, we’re your go to movers.

Our Piano Moving Service

Sterling Van Lines offers piano moving services across the United States. We can handle everything from pianos, moving fine art, crystal and moving antiques to electronics and computers with full service door to door pick-up and inside delivery.

How Professional Piano Movers Move Baby Grand and Grand Pianos

For piano movers, the most important part of piano moving is packing the piano. This means wrapping the piano in a series of blankets so that the surface of the piano isn’t scuffed or gouged (refinishing a piano can be very expensive).

Making sure the piano is moved in a way that avoids damaging bumps and scrapes is a piano mover’s second most important task. Any professional piano mover worth their salt will have special tools for the job: like a piano dolly (a heavy duty 4-wheeled dolly with uni-directional wheels that can support a piano’s weight) and a piano board (a long board that the piano is strapped to for the purpose of moving the piano).


Our Disinct Advantage

As a piano moving expert we can offer distinct advantages:

  1. Our professional piano movers will prepare the grand piano for moving: Remove the lyre of the piano, the lid of the piano and the piano lid hinges. Wrap the piano parts in blankets. Lay two blankets over the top of the piano board.
  2. While two piano movers hold the piano up, a third piano mover removes the left and rear piano legs. The piano legs will either screw off or be released at the turn of a wooden or metal tab.
  3. The piano movers then ease the piano on to the piano board.
  4. The Piano movers then remove the remaining (right) legs.
  5. Next, the piano movers wrap the piano with moving blankets leaving some air vents so there’s no condensation inside the piano.
  6. The piano movers then strap the piano to the piano board making sure that any belts or buckles from the straps do not gouge the sides of the piano.
  7. The grand piano on the piano board is then placed on a sturdy, four-wheeled piano dolly by piano movers.
  8. The piano movers can now move the piano around and into a truck safely.
  9. The Piano movers then remove the remaining (right) leg.

Types of Piano Moves

Spinet Console Piano Moving: Vertical pianos with a height in excess of 36 inches but not in excess of 42 inches.

Studio Upright Pianos Moves: Vertical pianos with a height in excess of 42 inches but not in excess of 46 inches.

Upright Piano Moving: Vertical pianos with a height in excess of 46 inches.

Player Upright Piano Moving: Vertical pianos with a height in excess of 42 inches and with an electric or pump player mechanism built into the case of the piano.

Spinet Organs Moving: Small organs in which the pedals do not detach before moving and/or with a maximum of two 44 noted keyboards with one octave attached.

Console Organ Moves: Larger organs with detachable pedals and/or with more than two 44 noted keyboards with more than one octave attached.

Concert Organ Moving: Very large organs with detachable pedals and a size in excess of 44 inches high, 31 inches wide and 56 inches long, and/or a combined cube in excess of 44 cubic feet.

Baby Grand Piano Moving: Grand pianos with a length not to exceed 6 feet.

Studio Grand Piano Moving: Grand pianos in excess of 6 feet in length but not in excess of 6 feet 6 inches.

Parlor Grand Piano Moves: Grand pianos in excess of 6 feet 6 inches in length but not in excess of 7 feet 6 inches.

Concert Grand Piano Moving: Grand pianos in excess of 7 feet 6 inches in length but not in excess of 9 feet.

Player Baby Grand Pianos: Grand pianos with a length not in excess of 6 feet and with an electric or pump player mechanism attached to the case.

Player Studio Grand Piano: A Grand piano with a length that is in excess of 6 feet but not in excess of 6 feet 6 inches and with an electric or pump player mechanism attached to the case.

Player Parlor Grand Piano: A Grand piano with a length that is in excess of 6 feet 6 inches but not in excess of 7 feet 6 inches and with an electric or pump player mechanism attached to the case.

Player Concert Grand Piano: A Grand piano with a length in excess of 7 feet 6 inches but not in excess of 9 feet with an electric or pump player mechanism attached to the case.

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Small Move Testimonial
Nothing but excellent things to say about Sterling Van Lines! Moving is stressful enough -- Sterling Van Lines definitely made the process easier for us!B.P. Small Move
Piano Move Testimonial
They moved a very old 1886 Steinway Baby Grand across the country and they did a wonderful job. Sterling had the best price as well. Tim D. Piano Move
Antique Move Testimonial
Sterling moved some antiques from PA to NV for my family. My main concern was that the pieces arrive intact and in good shape, and they certainly did.Shani C. Antique Move
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