Moving Your Grand Piano
If you need to move your baby grand piano up steps or stairs, over balconies, down to the basement, through a window or across country-go straight to Bennett Piano Movers in Atlanta.
Established in 1978, Bennett Piano is an expert grand piano mover, responsible for handling the treasured grand pianos of the Governor, Atlanta Symphony, and most churches and fine hotels in Atlanta.
Now About the Grand Piano
The grand piano originated with a simple technological innovation of the 16th century harpsichord. Bartolomeo Cristofori, seeking an instrument more expressive than the harpsichord, which plucked its strings with quills, designed an action that used hammers.
While Cristofori’s instrument sounded and looked much like the harpsichord, it offered the musician much more expression, because now the volume of the note was now dependent on the strength which with the key was struck.
The innovation which made this possible, Cristofori’s ‘hammer escapement mechanism,’ was so ingenious that no further refinement was required for 75 years. This technology prevented dampening of the string when struck, since Cristofori’s design allowed the hammer to recoil quickly.
Gottfried Silbermann was responsible for fully differentiating the new instrument, the ‘piano,’ from the harpsichord, and in 1747 Bach endowed Silbermann’s instrument with his approval, thus setting its storied career in motion. Silbermann’s addition was the forerunner of the damper pedal, which simultaneously lifted all the dampers.
Subsequent innovations to the piano design branched into two schools: the Viennese and English. In England, designs favored a more robust action, with a heavier design, resembling the grand pianos of today. The Viennese, however, preferred a lighter action and simple construction. Mozart, Haydn, and Beethoven all began by playing and composing on Viennese pianos.
However, over time, as the popularity and dynamic range of the grand piano improved, it increasingly became more of a solo instrument requiring louder volume.
Strings became thicker, which increased overall tension inside the piano, necessitating a more hardy frame, including heavier wood and cross-bracing. Several technological refinements followed, including: metal tubing to keep string tension even, several renditions of iron-plated frames, right up to the full-perimeter plate of today’s grand pianos, and overstringing, which set bass strings over treble strings, resulting in optimal tonal response.
The grand piano, indeed, has a ‘grand’ history. In the popular imagination, it exists as the archetypal classical instrument.
Such a precious instrument should be handled with extreme care. Hefting a grand piano and transporting it safely is an extremely difficult task, one almost certain to end in disaster if entrusted to a novice. Moving such a precious instrument requires expertise, which can only come with years of experience.