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Piano Types 101

You may be asking yourself, why in the world would a moving company be publishing an article on pianos? Well, we’re here to answer that question. As Boston’s go-to piano and organ movers, the team at Movers on the Go fully understands the ins and outs of relocating what can possibly be the most awkward, and heavy, belonging that someone could own. This article will provide you with a brief description of the three types of pianos, and considerations to be made when moving them.


Grand Pianos

As the largest category of piano types, grand pianos can cause the most difficulty when trying to move them. Characterized by their classic horizontal soundboard, the base of a grand piano is basically bottomless. Thus, the massive size with awkward distributed weight makes it imperative to be handled with care. A grand piano can range in weight from 500 – 1200 pounds. When moving the piano, it’s essential to remove elements such as the legs, lid, and lyre first. Proper wrapping and strapping are vital when the physical move begins.

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Upright Pianos

A more compact solution is the upright piano. Because of the cost difference, the upright is also the more common choice for homeowners. However, you must keep in mind that some of these models can cost more than a grand piano. When it concerns moving an upright, the process is much less involved. Because of the narrow, evenly distributed weight, movers typically do not have the need to remove any of the pieces. The imperative part of the move comes with proper wrapping and route planning. Taking care not to bump the door frames or walls that could damage your piano’s surface is a crucial step to moving.

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Electronic Pianos

Electronic pianos are sometimes referred to as keyboards. However, the difference lies within the stand they’re placed upon. Resembling an upright piano in shape, an electric piano can easily be moved by its owner. However, the proper wrapping is, again, crucial to maintaining structural integrity.


If you’re in search of piano and organ movers, look no further. The professionals at Movers on the Go are trained to handle this type of move with any sized instrument. Our team will take the time to visit ahead of the move to ensure smooth travels. Access to doors and windows, taking note of tight spaces and examining both the current and new locations are foundations of our success. For more information, contact our team today.

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