How cold is too cold to move a piano?



Asked by: Nick Lamp

Room temperatures of low to mid 70’s in the summer and mid to upper 60’s in the winter are ideal but unless pianos are exposed to extreme heat of above 90 degrees, or close to freezing cold temperatures under 38 degrees, for extended periods of time they are not likely to be damaged.

Is it bad to move a piano in the cold?





With a wooden instrument, cold alone will not cause damage. It may cause the piano to go out of tune while the temperature is different, and it may not completely recover without being retuned even after it warms up again.

Can you keep a piano in a cold room?

Keep your piano as far away from radiators or electric heaters as possible. Never put your piano in a room that has under-floor heating! This will completely ruin your piano VERY quickly.

How do you move a piano for the winter?

Since most moves take a long time, the best way to avoid harm to your piano is by protecting it with a cover to avoid any extra moisture. However, a blanket will only do so much to stop the weather affecting your piano. Therefore, when it’s in the moving truck, the truck should be temperature controlled.

Can I keep a piano in the garage?

Pianos should never be stored in a garage unless they are also climate controlled. Storing a piano in a garage can effectively ruin the entire instrument. Pianos are very sensitive to humidity levels and high temperatures.

Can you lay a piano on its back to move it?





Moving a piano on its back or on its side does not harm a piano. A piano can be moved, tilted, or rotated without doing it damage. Damage to a piano occurs when it is dropped, or bumped, or when foreign objects are inside the piano when moving. Moving a piano takes preparation to avoid damage.

Does temperature affect piano tuning?

The tune of a piano is less related to hot or cold and more related to humidity which can vary by the seasons. Higher temperatures generally come with higher humidity and can cause the bushings in a piano to swell.

How do I protect my piano in cold weather?

Try and keep your piano at a constant temperature. So move it away from any fire or radiator. Keep it away from windows and also doors, which when opened may introduce an icy blast. An ideal temperature is around 65-70ºF (18-21ºC).

Where should you not put a piano?

Pianos can be placed near outside walls as long as it is away from open windows and doorways. A piano should not be near air vents, fireplaces, areas where high temperatures can affect it.

Can you leave a piano outside?

Do: store your piano inside, preferably in a self storage unit where it will be safe from the elements and extreme temperatures. Don’t: ever store your piano outside – the temperature fluctuations can cause permanent damage to your instrument.



How heavy is an upright piano?

Upright piano – 300 to 500 pounds. Baby grand piano – 500 to 650 pounds. Grand piano – 700 to 1,200 pounds.

Are old upright pianos worth anything?

Antique pianos and organs can be valued anywhere from a few hundred dollars to tens of thousands of dollars. It is important that sellers realize the real value difference between a restored instrument and an unrestored instrument.

Do you have to tune a piano after you move it?

Pianos need to be tuned after moving because of shifts in humidity. Anytime a piano is moved into storage, or another room, changes in the environment will affect the tune. Pianos that are shaken around during a move may also go out of tune due to shifting parts.



How long should a piano rest after moving?

The piano move shouldn’t have affected the piano tune but the new environment will over time. So it is always best to leave it a couple of weeks after moving before you get your piano tuned. “We usually recommend our customers at least 2 or 3 tunings per year for a piano getting average use in the home.”

How long should a piano sit after moving?

Though there’s no harm in waiting longer, the average instrument needs a minimum three- to five-day acclimation period before it’s tuned. Because it takes time for the instrument to settle, it’s quite likely that it will be knocked out of tune once more.

Can you tune a piano after 20 years?

A new piano, or a piano 10, 15 or 20 years old that has never been serviced needs tuning three or four times before stabilizing. The only exception is when a new piano has been sitting on the showroom floor for several months and has gone through several in-house, or showroom tunings before purchased.

Can you tune a 100 year old piano?

Tuning obviously falls under basic maintenance and is something that any piano owner should keep up on. Unfortunately, we have often found that an old piano that has not been properly maintained over the years may not be tunable without a serious amount of repair/restoration work.



Do pianos get better with age?

Are old pianos better than new ones? The answer is: it depends. Old pianos can continue to sound wonderful for many years with regular maintenance and care, but even pianos that have deteriorated can often be restored to their former glory, and in many cases made to sound even better than when they were new.