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PIANO MOVING

We combine piano-specific equipment with experience, time-tested strategy, and reliable customer service to give you peace of mind from scheduling through delivery.

What We Move

We specialize in moving pianos exclusively, whatever the brand and however difficult the move.

Pipe organs, other instruments, and furniture pieces are excluded.

We are frequently called on for piano moves that are technically challenging and require maneuvering expertise:

Tight turns and narrow spaces (e.g., landings on staircases, small elevators, etc.)
Flights of stairs
Unconventional placement

We have the insurance requirements and liability to undertake such higher risk moves.

Where We Move

We regularly move in the greater Los Angeles area with monthly shuttle trips between the San Francisco and San Diego areas.

Visit our Areas Served page for details.

We move from one location to another (any place within areas served, to include our storage facility, donation, and disposal).

We can transport pianos to our storage facility for storage, crating, and/or immediate delivery/release to a third party.
We accept pianos transported to our facility by third parties for storage, crating, and/or future delivery/release.
Visit our Piano Storage & Crating page to learn about those services.
Because of excessive waiting time, we do not move to/from any port.

We move within the same location (room-to-room, main house to guest house, on/off a moving truck, on-site storage, etc.).

We accommodate temporary relocations of a piano for carpeting, events, etc.

A second appointment is usually necessary for the move back of the piano, as we do not wait on stand-by.

Regardless of where a piano is moved, we will retain our piano moving equipment unless you decide to rent or purchase it.

Applicable when customers elect to keep a piano on its side for self storage in their home or for self transport.

For self transport of a grand piano, you can also purchase new moving equipment from such places as New Haven Moving Equipment.
At minimum, you will need 1 skid board, 2 board straps, 3 moving pads, and 1 medium furniture rubber band.

When We Move

We normally operate on Mondays-Thursdays and Saturdays.

Visit our Areas Served page for our standard schedule.

We provide a 5-hour pick-up and delivery window upon scheduling, with a call up to 1 hr. before our movers’ arrival.

We offer delivery on the same day as pick-up whenever possible, with deferred delivery when necessary or desired.

Deferred delivery is necessary when the drop-off is too great of a distance from the pick-up.
An elected deferred delivery incurs separate pick-up and delivery charges and a storage fee when applicable.
Visit our Piano Storage page to learn about our storage policy.

Scheduling Considerations

Submit an online Get a Quote request or call us with that information for pricing and availability.

Pricing depends on many factors, including moving distance, piano size, and difficulty.
Payment for a move is usually due upon completion of a move as cash or check.

We generally need at least three days’ notice to arrange a piano move.

The notice can be shorter or longer, depending on the location(s) and our schedule.
Same day moving requests are typically not accepted, but we do make exceptions whenever our schedule allows it.

How We Move: Uprights

Vertical Pianos [consoles/spinets, studios, uprights, full uprights]

Flat Surfaces: the vertical piano is lifted onto a dolly by two movers and rolled along a flat surface.

Unpaved and Uneven Surfaces* (gravel, grass, etc.): when traversing such surfaces, the movers may either remove the dolly and carry the piano over the surface or place plywood over the surface and roll the piano over it.

Stairs* (porch steps, flight of stairs, etc.): if there are only a few stairs, the movers may remove the dolly and carry the piano over the stairs; if there are many stairs, the movers secure the piano on a skid board and slide the piano over the stairs.

Turns* (on landings, between narrow hallways and doorways, etc.): wide turns tend not to pose a problem, as a vertical piano fits in its standard positioning; tighter turns may require the piano to be placed on its end so the keys are vertically aligned, creating a narrower base to make the turn possible.

Elevators*: if the elevator is wide enough (freight, service), the vertical piano can be rolled in normally; if the elevator is too small, the piano may have to be placed on its end.

*Moving conditions may require more than 2 movers and additional moving equipment.

How We Move: Grands

Grand Pianos [baby grands through concert grands]

Flat Surface: before a grand piano can be transported, its straight edge will be placed on its side on a skid board. To do this, one leg is removed, the piano tilted and lifted onto a skid board, the remaining two legs and lyre removed, and the piano blanketed and secured by straps. The grand can then be rolled along the flat surface.

Unpaved and Uneven Surfaces* (gravel, grass, etc.): when traversing such surfaces, the movers may place plywood over the surface and roll the piano over it.

Stairs*: if ascending stairs, the lighter end of the piano will be pulled up the stairs by one or more movers and the heavier end will be pushed up by one or more movers; if descending stairs, the movers at both ends of the piano will lower the piano down slowly.

Turns* (on landings, etc.): when turns are too tight, as is often the case for larger grands, the piano may have to be elevated on a spin box (a carpeted wooden box serving as a platform) to create a wider turning radius. If the spin box alone provides insufficient maneuvering space, the grand will have to be “keyboarded” to create the narrowest base possible. Keyboarding is a labor-intensive technique in which the piano is rotated so that the keys face the ground and the opposite curved end points toward the ceiling.

Elevators*: if the elevator is wide enough, the grand will be rolled right onto the elevator; however, if the elevator is too small, keyboarding is required. When keyboarding is insufficient, the piano lid may be removed to provide the additional necessary space. Not all elevators can accommodate large pianos.

Cranes**: When a grand piano must go into or out of a multi-story building and internal transport is not possible, a crane is necessary. Whenever cranes are used, there must be a deck or balcony along the building structure to land the piano.

*These moving conditions almost always require more than 2 movers and additional moving equipment.

** The client must contract the crane company and arrange for any applicable permits. Crane operators are responsible for hoisting the piano.

Santana Piano Movers is bonded and insured. Our insurance coverage is among the most extensive in the industry, affording us access to just about any structure and venue.

Why We Move: Our Edge Is Your Advantage

Movers

High employee retention among our movers means each crew has years of experience in this specialized profession.

Our full-time movers handle all our piano moves all of the time and provide the same level of care with every move.

Our highly skilled piano movers usually operate in crews of three, with deployment of additional movers as needed.

Our piano movers are professional in appearance, courteous and helpful in approach, and fast yet careful in service.

Moving Trucks

The bobtail trucks in our fleet, among which is a Diesel-Electric Hybrid, range in size to meet your needs:

25 to 31ft in length (short enough to conveniently park on residential streets; long enough to accommodate multiple pianos)
9 to 10ft in width (narrow enough to maneuver through single-lane roads; wide enough to provide a buffer between pianos)
13ft in height (low enough to pass under most low-lying branches; high enough to allow for double stacking of crated pianos)

We customize our container sideboards to provide more secure fastening of all piano models.

We equip our trucks with large, solid hydraulic liftgates that have platform-tilting capabilities for safer loading/unloading.

Skid Boards

We design and handcraft our own piano skid boards to improve on the functionality and durability of store-bought boards.

Our boards vary in size and shape to accommodate most pianos, even the non-traditional contours of many digital grands.

Among our designs is a board that encases the front of any standard grand for vertical rotation in exceedingly tight spaces.

Other Equipment

We handcraft our own elevating platforms, known as spin boxes, to assist with moves that would otherwise be impossible.

For added piano security, we install durable wheels on our dollies and purchase only quality pads, straps, and elastic bands.

If you elect to move your own piano, you can purchase piano moving equipment from such places as New Haven Moving Equipment.

It is not recommended for a non-professional to move a piano, but please consult “How We Move” for self moving.

Piano Donation

If you live in the greater Los Angeles area and would like to donate your piano, you have options. This is not an exhaustive list and not all will cover piano moving costs.

Education Through Music

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Education Through Music- Los Angeles. This organization has the mission of promoting music in disadvantaged schools. If your piano is in playable condition, ETMLA may arrange to place your piano in a low-income school.

LAUSD

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Los Angeles County Unified School District (LAUSD): Musical Instrument Repair. Contact your local LAUSD school and inquire at the Main Office if the school is in need of a piano. If it is, the school may make arrangements with LAUSD’s Music Repair Shop to send a technician to inspect the piano. If the piano is in working condition (or could be with minor repair), your piano may be placed at that school.

Production Companies

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Production Companies. If your piano is not in good condition and is beyond repair, you can consider contacting a media production company, such as Heresy Films, which could make one lasting impression with your piano.

Goodwill

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Goodwill or similar organizations are available to receive your donations.