How to Incline an Upstanding Piano

A piano transfer should not be undertaken without a dolly and strap because the dolly absorbs all the stress and damage from the ground while the strap guides and carries it.

Two guys can easily transport the piano around flat surfaces once it is mounted on the dolly. To properly control the piano’s weight, at least three men should be utilized while going up or down a ramp from the truck—two on the bottom and one on the top.

Because it appears so simple, the piano can easily evade the movers in this location. Remember that the angle of the slope puts the entire weight of the piano on the bottom guy. As a result, two men are required to steer the piano and prevent it from slipping off the dolly or the ramp.

If a move involves up to 5 or 6 steps, the truck’s ramp can make the shot easier. Instead of hauling the piano up the steps, the piano on the dolly may be carried up and over them much more simply.

This is an excellent argument to employ a ramp truck instead of a lift-gate truck. If one high step or two consecutive low steps or a stoop is involved anywhere in the route, and for some, they cannot be ramped, then the piano just stays on the dolly as it is tipped up and down these steps.

When a piano is transported from one one-elevator building to another, or from ground level to ground level or a combination of the two, the entire piano relocation is referred to as a “dolly shot.” The professional’s dolly and strap, as well as their experience with them, make the “easy shot” or “dolly shot” possible.

The key to piano movement is to have the proper equipment and skill. This type of “easy shot” piano shifting is only possible with the proper tools and skills! We think that with this equipment and our instruction, even rank amateurs can effectively move.

Moving a piano on its casters over the flat ground can damage the casters and rip up the bottom of the piano. You would not complete the piano transfer, and someone on the team would likely suffer serious muscular strain from trying to strong-arm the piano while the casters deteriorated. We’ve even heard of amateurs attempting a piano transfer without the proper equipment tearing it up and then leaving it where they gave up!

You should have relocated your piano by now if it just has one high step or two low steps to traverse.

Congratulations! You merely need to place the piano in its new location without hurting the bottom or the floor. You don’t need any further training because the rest of our lessons include bringing the piano up and down the stairs.

If you’re unsure what to do, don’t put your health or your expensive instrument in danger. Instead, seek an estimate from a professional piano moving company, such as Forte Piano Movers, to determine how much the piano moving operation will cost you. Contact us at 412-756-6399.