Every year, I meet with dozens of families and potential students who are looking for piano lessons on Long Island.
And, because so many people know my ideas and feelings on all things “piano” (thanks to this website), they frequently ask me if I know any piano movers on Long Island.
Chances are they’re moving from one house to another or maybe they found a used piano online and need to move it to their house.
Either way, I want potential students and parents to have as much information as possible. So I’ve listed the 5 best movers below as well as frequently asked questions.
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So here is a list of some of the moving companies that have a solid track record for moving pianos on Long Island.
Big Al’s Piano Movers
Phone: (631) 891-9205
Piano Land Movers & Storage
Phone: (718) 376-2415
Locations: Bronx, NYC, Brooklyn, Freeport
The Piano Mover
Phone: (516) 381-2328
Locations: Amagansett, Amityville
Phone: (631) 293-4514
MOA Piano Movers
Phone: (917) 295-6907
Locations: Flushing Queens
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need to hire a piano mover?
Yes, if it’s at all possible monetarily, hiring someone with piano-specific moving experience is preferable.
Piano movers are trained to move pianos, are aware of the worth of your instrument, and, perhaps most significantly, have specific equipment to ensure that the work is completed securely.
You might save a few bucks by enlisting the help of your friends, but the cost of property damage, a broken piano limb, or a back injury is far higher!
What’s the difference between moving a grand piano vs. upright piano?
Pianos aren’t all made equal.
You might be able to move a simple 450 lb. Yamaha upright piano yourself (it’s still quite awkward, so I don’t suggest it).
If you own an antique Steinway Model S, you won’t want to try to move it alone. It’s extremely tall, heavy, and the risk of something happening to something so expensive isn’t worth it!
The good news is that transporting an upright piano requires less equipment; if it’s a compact piano, two furniture dollies and some moving blankets will suffice.
Grand pianos, on the other hand, should be handled by professionals exclusively.
They must be disassembled, transported on special dollies with straps, and transported up and down stairs using special ramps and other equipment.
Many piano movers additionally provide insurance for your piano and carry it in climate-controlled vans.
How much do movers charge to move a piano?
The average cost of moving a piano is $400, with an average range of $258 to $574.
The low end of hiring movers can be as low as $150, while the high end can be as high as $2,000. It all depends on what you’re moving, where you’re moving it from, where you’re moving it to, and the type of piano.
A piano is a delicate, yet weighty instrument that needs professional movers who specialize in pianos.
Ordinary movers are frequently unable to transport this instrument safely without causing damage. Because the weight of these instruments is unevenly distributed, team lifting and problem-solving skills are required. You want professionals who have done this before so they’re not scrambling to think of solutions as your instrument is mid-way down your stairs.
The tops of uprights are usually substantial, but the feet might be delicate. The length of a grand is heavy, but the legs and other sections are light and could break if not handled carefully in transit.
Do I need to get my piano tuned after I move it?
Yes, all piano teachers would advise that your piano be tuned after it has been moved.
You might know that your piano must be tuned after being moved, but you’re probably not aware of why.
First and foremost, you must understand what constitutes “moving.”
If you move your piano within the same room or even move it to another room on the same floor, rarely will your piano need to be tuned after that. In these scenarios, if the piano is moved with care and is moved to a room with the same temperature, it is unlikely to get out of tune.
If the piano sounds different after the move, you must assess whether it requires tuning.
If you’re trying to move your piano from one location to another where you have to put it on a truck, then yes your piano will need to be tuned. I’d recommend waiting at least 2 weeks for the piano to settle and get used to the new temperature.
A piano gets detuned for a number of reasons like temperature, humidity, and the ride itself. Since pianos are typically made from wood and metal, changes in temperature and humidity have a strong impact on both materials.
The wood and metal expand and contract as a result of these changes, thereby detuning the piano. The longer the transportation, the more vulnerable it will be to climate change.
Are piano movers worth it?
Yes, they are WORTH THE COST!
Moving a piano from one location to another may appear to be costly, but it is well worth the investment.
You won’t have to enlist the help of friends, and you won’t have to spend all day transporting the hefty piano. Instead, you can sit back and relax while a professional takes care of everything.
It’s a pain to move a piano. It’s not a simple job for those who haven’t done it before. If you need to relocate a piano, you should hire a professional piano mover.
This will make it much easier and will prevent harming yourself or the piano.