Can I Move
ON IT'S BACK?
Optimal Moving Conditions
I wish I had a dollar for every time I've seen a piano being moved on it's back in the back of a pickup truck. I'm sure some pianos make it safely with no visible problems to speak of; and others...not so lucky. It doesn't seem to be common knowledge that this is a good way to damage parts in the action, as well as the cast iron plate. When moving a piano, it's best to move it vertical and upright. This is the way pianos were designed to be moved and it keeps everything working properly. Hopefully, this is useful information and is read before you move your piano and potentially cause damage.
Cast Iron is Strong...but Brittle
The plate in the piano is made of cast iron. This is the heaviest part of the piano and helps the instrument sustain the massive amount of holding tension. Historically, cast iron has been manufactured in quite a few different ways over the years and some are more prone to cracking than others. When moving a piano, whether an upright piano or a grand piano, it's ideal to use best practice methods. Cast iron is similar to granite or plate glass in that it's best to be moved in a vertical and upright position. We suggest that every piano be moved upright to maintain the plate's integrity.
"Can I Move A Piano On It's Back?"
In this video, I reference a question from one of our customers who asks, "Can I move a piano on it's back?" In the video, I re-phrase the question from, "can I" to "should I," and the answer is a resounding, "no!" Not only is this a bad idea for the cast iron plate, but also for the parts in the action. The cast iron is susceptible to cracking and the action parts could get jarred or displaced. Whether visible or not, problems could show up after moving a piano improperly.
My name is Joel Lane and here at AAA Piano, it is very important to us to move your instrument with the highest level of care. In this post and video, I talk about the importance of moving your piano upright to keep the cast iron plate and the piano action parts in optimal shape. Please contact us with any questions or comments that you may have about moving your piano. There's a contact form below or on our homepage, here at AAAPiano.com!