In the depths of our storage facility laid a 19th Century Steinway Grand Piano, which had been stored for the last 13 years. This was no ordinary Grand Piano to be stored and now to be delivered….This was a very early model and to make the move from store more interesting it needed to be delivered to an address in Central London were we would be required to hoist the piano on through what was essentially a large skylight in the roof of the 5 storey building. So we set to work planning the move; organising the closure of the road outside the building so that the crane could be in the correct position, being in London this was one of the most complicated procedures to arrange. Prior to delivery we built a purpose made wooden crate to protect the piano further and to allow the crane ties to have a safe/secure attachment point for when hoisting up over 70ft in the sky…..
On the day of the move, starting at 07.00hrs in London, we carefully attached the harness’s to the wooden crate and commenced the hoisting of the piano up and over the peak of the roof and then safely lowered it through the skylight with only 2 inches to spare either side. Once lowered, we then had to carry the piano down a flight of narrow stairs to its final position. All elements had to be taken into consideration when lifting this piano such as the wind strength and the approaching rain…….
Upon re assembly of the precious piano our client checked and played a tune on the Piano to ensure that all was in working order as it had been in storage for 13 years and had just been hoisted up 80ft in the sky! Needless to say the Steinway Piano was in pristine condition and played beautifully, however it did need to be retuned which is standard whenever you move a piano…..