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What to Do & What Not to Do With Your Old, Unused Piano

Do you have an old piano you no longer play? Unsure of what to do with it? No matter how you acquired your piano or why you stopped playing it; there are a few options for you and your unused piano. There are also a few things you should avoid! As experts in piano moving for Ramsey County and the surrounding areas, we’d like to offer a few suggestions to consider. Rather than dragging your piano out to the curb and leaving it for the trash; here are a few other ideas that could actually benefit you and your piano.

Repurposing

Do you feel your old piano has become an eyesore? Does it no longer match the decorum of your home? There are a few ways to change that. First, consider repurposing it as decoration. Nowadays people are using old pianos for garden planters, bookcases, artwork and accent pieces for both in and outside the home. This, of course, should only apply to pianos that are no longer playable.

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Free or Nearly Free Can Be Costly

Piano owners have different reasons for not needing their pianos any longer. For example, someone might get rid of their piano because their kids grew up and moved out or maybe were never interested in playing in the first place or maybe they relocated. However, it is important to be totally aware of a piano’s condition before you decide to buy it or receive it as a donation. Sometimes you will find a piano that is no longer in good condition, can’t keep a tune and is completely unplayable – older ones especially. And then, you will have to pay for removal and disposal. While we offer this service to assist you, we never want to see someone having to use it for the wrong reasons.

As a piano moving company that has been in business for many years, we have seen a lot of customers with pianos they found on Craigslist, online, etc. only to find after calling a tuner it is no longer in good condition and won’t hold a tune. Then, they have to pay for disposal. We strongly suggest not buying, selling or donating your old piano unless it is in great working condition to avoid this problem down the line.

Restoration

Restoration can be quite costly; however, if you should choose to have your piano transported for restoration, it’s wise to work with a trusted and reputable piano moving company like Piano Movers Extraordinaire so the piano doesn’t become further damaged in transit.

With our piano moving services, you can trust your old piano will make it to its new location safely and soundly. Our trucks are specifically designed and engineered for piano moving and we know the best way to move it.

Or, if you find yourself in need of piano disposal, our piano moving company can help you with that as well.

Whatever the reason, allow our professional piano moving company to help. Give us a call at 763-784-8123 or fill out our online form for a free estimate, and we can tell you more about piano moving in Ramsey County and all of the services we offer.

How Temperature & Humidity Effects Your Piano

With high temperatures and humidity arriving in Minnesota, we thought now would be a great time to discuss how temperature and humidity can effect your piano. At Piano Movers Extraordinaire, we are not only the expert piano mover for Minneapolis, we also specialize in piano storage and more. In fact, we know just about everything there is to know about pianos. So, with summer in full swing, let’s take a moment to discuss pianos and how to keep them safe all season.
There are many environmental factors that can influence your piano’s state, from minor effects to bigger, more costly damages. In addition to scuffs and scrapes that can take place during an amateur piano move, there are also some environmental factors that can effect your piano, such as temperature changes and high humidity. These are major players in the health of your piano, especially during summer. That is why it is so important to hire a professional piano mover if planning to move or store your piano this summer.

Slight shifts in weather conditions and fluctuations in the temperature of the room where your piano is stored or while it is moved can have a huge, negative impact. But, there are certain precautionary measures that your trusted piano mover will take in order to prevent any damage to your piano. Here is why: Pianos are primarily made of wood, and when the temperature deviates between hot and cold, wood is known to expand and contract with the thermometer. When it comes to your piano and temperature fluctuation, it can potentially impact the sound and function of your piano. And, in humid and warm weather, the piano soundboard can expand and cause internal damage.

And, if you don’t plan on moving or storing your piano this summer it is important to keep your piano out of the sun and away from windows and keep it in a room that is controlled and regulated by a thermostat.

There are several piano maintenance tips that will help combat effects of temperature and humidity on your piano. Just give us a call and we can refer you to experts in piano tuning and repair that can offer their own expertise!

For more information about our piano mover in Minneapolis or about proper piano storage, give Piano Movers Extraordinaire a call at 763-784-8123 or fill out our form for a free estimate.

Reasons to Store Your Piano this Summer

Just like every piano is different, every piano owner is also just as unique. And, being a piano owner brings with it many responsibilities. And, sometimes it is necessary to put your piano into storage. As experts in piano storage for Dakota County, we know how to take care of your piano properly. We also understand the many reasons you might have to put your piano into storage. That’s why we’re taking a look at some of the most common benefits you can enjoy when storing your piano. And, the next time you need piano storage, know you can trust Piano Movers Extraordinaire to keep it safe and secure.

We provide climate-controlled piano storage and have an insulated building that we also heat and/or dehumidify as the seasons change. We store all kinds of uprights and all sizes of grands and we can store for short stays or for longer periods.
Here are a few of the major benefits of choosing professional piano storage:

Stress Reduction While Moving

Summer is moving season. So, if you’re planning on moving this summer, piano storage could provide great relief. Remember, your piano won’t fit in your car or truck rental, and isn’t safe with regular movers incapable of moving or storing a piano properly. Pianos are sensitive instruments! And, with proper, professional piano storage you won’t have to worry about your piano during the big move. Not sure where you’ll put it yet? No problem! Get settled first and then PianoMovers will store and deliver your piano when you’re ready.

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Summer Vacation Protection

Renting out your home this summer? Going on a long summer vacation? Piano storage is a great way to ensure the safety of your piano while others are staying in your home or while you’re away.

Planning on turning off the air conditioning while you’re out of town? It is important to protect your piano from humidity and heat so storing your piano in our climate controlled facility will save you from pricey repairs down the road.

And, these are just some of the great benefits you can enjoy with professional piano storage this summer. It doesn’t matter if you are a savvy pianist or a beginner at the start, it’s always a good idea to take care of your piano.

For more information about piano storage in Dakota County, give Piano Movers Extraordinaire a call at 763-784-8123 or fill out our form for a free estimate.

Reasons to Hire the Professionals When Looking to Move Your Precious Piano

Moving soon? Do you own a piano? What’s your piano-moving plan? If you’re assuming your moving company is equipped to move your piano or if you’re planning to move your piano yourself—stop right there! At Piano Movers Extraordinaire, we specialize in piano moving for St Paul, Minneapolis and the entire Twin Cities area and are here to tell you why hiring the professionals is an essential.

St Paul/Minneapolis Piano Disposal

Piano moving isn’t easy, but there are a lot of do-it-yourselfers out there who think that with a hand dolly and a little elbow grease, they can handle it themselves. So, if you’re thinking of doing a little piano moving on your own, we’d like to offer a few reasons as to why you shouldn’t take it on.

For one, did you know that the typical piano weighs between 300 and 1200 pounds? That’s right! Moving such a large object can really do a number on your back if done incorrectly. The most common major injury that people end up getting when improperly moving a piano is a back injury. Of course, it’s not just backs that get hurt during do-it-yourself piano moving. Fingers and toes can also feel the effects of an unprofessional piano move.

A piano is more awkward to move than you might think. Because pianos have to make use of a physical space to create their sound, with lower notes having heavier and longer strings, they aren’t equally heavy on both sides and thus have significant weight distribution differences.

There are also quite a few pianos that suffer at the hands of people who are trying to take care of the piano moving themselves. Pianos can end up with broken strings, torn-off lids, broken legs, big cracks and more. And, If you drop it, be prepared to pay for major piano repair and not just a simple tuning.

Amateur piano movers often end up doing at least some damage to the surrounding space and do more bad than good. So, if you’re considering moving your piano without help from professional piano movers, please reconsider.

Piano moving isn’t just about getting it out of the building. It’s also getting the piano to its final destination safely and soundly. And, when you hire the professionals at Piano Movers Extraordinaire you can rest assured you’re going to get just that.

For more information about piano moving in St Paul, give Piano Movers Extraordinaire a call at 763-784-8123 or fill out our form for a free estimate.

Thank You and Happy Holidays from Piano Movers Extraordinaire

With the end of 2017 quickly approaching, we want to take a moment to thank all our wonderful customers for their support. Since 1976, we have provided professional piano moving services for the Twin Cities. We could not be in business as long as we have without the support and patronage from so many of you!

As this year winds down, we just want to thank each and every one of you for choosing Piano Movers Extraordinaire, whether as a new or returning customer. We hope you will trust us with all your future piano moving and storage needs!

We wish each of you a merry Christmas and a happy and prosperous new year!

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year