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Happy Holidays from Piano Movers Extraordinaire

As 2018 is coming to a close, we want to thank our clients for another successful year. We are grateful to continue serving the Twin Cities area by providing professional piano moving and storage. This would not be possible without the support and patronage from all of you!

We want to thank each and every one of you who chose to use our services this past year. We hope you will trust us with any future piano moving or storage needs.

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

Happy Holidays

Preparing Your Piano for Storage

The Twin Cities area is no stranger to the piano. From piano bars to churches to concert halls and everything in between, you’re sure to find a piano close by. Whether you’re a professional musician, a music teacher or simply a piano owner or enthusiast, you may find yourself placing your piano in storage for a multitude of reasons. And, when you do, you want to make sure you do everything you can to keep your your prized instrument safe. As experts in piano moving and piano storage for St Paul and the entire Twin Cities area we’d like to discuss a few essential points to keep in mind before you place your piano in storage.Piano storage Twin Cities

First of all, it is essential to only entrust your piano to those well-versed in pianos and their needs. At Piano Movers Extraordinaire, we know pianos and how to properly move and store them. Any old storage company won’t know the proper way to load, unload and store a piano and can even cause damage to this deceivingly delicate instrument.

Make sure your storage company is able to accommodate your piano’s size and length of time it needs to be stored. At Piano Movers Extraordinaire we store all kinds of uprights and all sizes of grands. We can store for short stays or for longer periods. We understand that some people are in between homes for different lengths of time, so may just need somewhere to keep their piano while in transition. Whatever the reason, we can store your piano safely and securely for as little or as long as needed.

It is important to protect pianos from scratches, impact damage, heat and extreme cold. Our piano storage experts will wrap the piano in quilted furniture pads to help avoid any scratches. And, we will never use plastic wrap, rope or string as this can cause damage.

Don’t forget to empty, polish and securely close the piano bench. Place any sheet music, accessories and other piano-related items into a storage box so that you can find them later.

The professionals at Piano Movers Extraordinaire have all of the necessary equipment to help move and store your piano properly. Our professional piano movers will make sure your piano arrives safely and returns to you in the same condition.

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

Looking to Part with Your Piano? Choose Professional Piano Disposal

When it comes time to part with your piano, you have a few options. While your first instinct may be to donate or sell, these options can often cause more harm and hassle than good. Many aren’t aware that when their donate their piano, it often ends up as a burden on the institution they’ve donated it to. In fact, institutions become populated with so many inappropriate instruments they themselves need to hire professionals to have them taken away; costing them money. Why? Many of the pianos they receive are actually in disrepair and unplayable.

Piano Disposal Anoka County

Pianos make their way into the purgatory of institutional use in several ways, whether through donation or buying a piano online. Avoid adding to this problem and simply invest in proper piano disposal. At Piano Movers Extraordinaire we offer piano disposal for Anoka County and the surrounding areas and we would like to tell you more about it, its benefits as well as what you can expect from this service.

When cared for properly, pianos will last for decades. However, when a piano begins to show wear on the outside or the moving parts inside no longer work properly, repair is usually the first recommendation. A piano technician can fix the inside of the piano while a furniture refinisher can restore the outside. We even have some recommendations for piano restorers and refinishers in the area.

But, for many pianos, it is simply not cost effective to restore them. At some point, the piano no longer becomes worth spending the money to restore. When this is the case, then it is ready for disposal. If you determine your piano unable to be or too expensive to be repaired, this is where we come in. We can help with the disposal of old or broken piano.

As you know, you can’t just throw the piano out on the curb for the garbage service to pick up. Pianos require special disposal and we are here to provide this very service. So, before you end up adding your piano to piano purgatory, give us a call and we can take it away to piano heaven; properly disposed of in the correct facility.

If you, unfortunately must part with your piano, give us a call for proper piano disposal in Anoka County. Contact the experts at Piano Movers Extraordinaire by calling us at 763-784-8123 or contact us for a Free Estimate.

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 Affects 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.

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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.