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Moving Your Music Room

Moving a Drum Kit

Work piece-by-piece to disassemble and pack your drum set. Make sure to put the wing nuts back on the instrument as you disassemble the parts to avoid losing them.

It's much easier to move a drum set properly with the appropriate drum bags, but you can also wrap the various components in towels for extra padding, placing the smaller pieces — such as the cymbals, toms, and snare in boxes. Remember to loosen the pressure on the snare before you pack it.

Simply wrap the bass in a large, thick blanket and use packing tape to seal it. Space-saving bonus: You'll be packing some of your linens, too!

Whether you use drum bags or boxes, do not stack other items on top of your drum kit in the moving vehicle.

Moving a Keyboard or Digital Piano

To protect your investment, move your keyboard in a hard shell case, a hard-sided soft case or, at the very least, a padded keyboard bag. The type of bag you have determines how much care you'll need to take when transporting the keyboard. If you don't have a bag, you can cover the keyboard in at least two inches of bubble wrap on all six sides, put it in a box, seal, and label.

Moving a Cello

As with a keyboard, a hard-shell case or padded case is best for moving your cello. Remember to loosen the strings slightly to protect against humidity or pressure changes. Do the same with the bow hairs.

If your cello doesn't fit snugly in your bag, or if you don't have a bag, use bubble wrap, socks, towels, blankets, or foam padding to secure the instrument in a box. Treat your bow with extra care by using bubble wrap around it, whether you transport it in a cardboard box or in your bow case.

Moving a Harp

Like a cello, humidity and extreme temperatures can damage a harp, so make sure to move the harp in a climate-controlled environment. Before packing your harp in its case or travel bag, remember to disengage the levers and tuck the pedals away.

To load the harp into the moving truck or van, first place a piece of plywood on the vehicle's floor. Lean the top end of the harp into the vehicle, and tuck a cushion beneath it. Use the cushion to slide the harp into the vehicle along the wood. Do not place or lean anything on top of the harp.

Moving an Upright Piano or Baby Grand Piano

If moving a harp sounds tricky due to its size, shape and weight, you may not want to attempt piano moving yourself. Professional movers know the proper lifting techniques and have the right equipment, including a wide dolly or rolling skidboard, to safely move your piano.

However, with the help of several friends, you can move a piano yourself. As with moving any large object or appliance, you should have at least one helper for every 100 pounds. Small, upright pianos can weigh 300 to 400 pounds, while a baby grand can weigh as much as 800 pounds.

First, remember to lock down the keyboard lid so it doesn't move. Wrap your piano in large, soft blankets - preferably moving blankets - for protection. Use packing tape to secure the blankets and protect the corners.

Map out your path before you move the piano, measuring the wrapped piano plus the height of the dolly against the size of doorways and halls. If it doesn't look like the piano will fit, a professional mover is likely to be able to get it out. After all, the piano got into your home somehow, didn't it? If you've lucked out and the piano fits through all passageways, it's time to get started.

Your moving team should have weight belts for back support and thick, leather moving gloves for protection. Always lifting with your legs, move the piano onto the dolly or skidboard.

The majority of movers should remain on the dolly side of the piano to prevent it from tipping, as an upright piano is top-heavy. Don't let gravity take control; ensure every member of the moving crew is using strength to gently guide the piano onto the dolly and then roll the piano to its location.

A baby grand, due to its shape, may need to be moved on its side. In this case, professional help may be required. Moving a piano may seem like a daunting task, but with the right tools and the proper care, it can be moved along with the rest of your instruments, and you'll save a ton of money by doing it yourself.