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Piano dollies

Discussion in 'Piano' started by BobRogers, Jul 28, 2009.

  1. BobRogers

    BobRogers Well-Known Member

    I am planning to make the grand piano in my living room more mobile to make recording easier. I'd probably be moving it back and forth 10 ft or so over a hardwood floor about, say, a dozen times a year. My tuner/tech will provide and install. I have to decide between wheel dollies and a truck. Wheel dollies are cheaper and more attractive but don't support the piano as well. We don't really put on the dog much here at stately Rogers' manor, so looks aren't that big a deal. And the money is not enough to make a difference if a truck is really necessary.

    Question is: Is a truck dolly really necessary for this type of use?
  2. TheJackAttack

    TheJackAttack Distinguished Member

    Bob-let me see if I have my parts catalogs here in West Yellowstone. I don't like the tri wheel casters. I understand why you might not want a full truck in your house. I do have several clients (piano teachers that do in home recitals concerts) that have the trucks in the FWIW category. Steinway Hamburg makes some really nice brass casters that have brakes on them too. Of course the bigger the wheel the less damage to the floor and the easier it will move. Is this an O, a B or a D?

  3. BobRogers

    BobRogers Well-Known Member

    I had always thought it was an AII since it measures 6" even from the tail (outside case) to the end of the keys. Is that the right way to measure it? The serial number is 145853 which puts it 1910-1911.

    I'm not against using the truck if it the tri-casters make piano techs nervous.
  4. TheJackAttack

    TheJackAttack Distinguished Member

    It could be an A of one type or another.



    Some manufacturers did mildly different measurement points but that is more or less the way.

    These are the castors I like for ascetics on concert pianos. Jurgen is one of the good guys too. In my schools though I just use trucks for the most part.

    http://www.pianofortesupply.com/NEW PARTS.html

    Those little guys you linked to will work but I haven't found little wheels to last very long if the piano is moved very often.
  5. BobRogers

    BobRogers Well-Known Member

    My piano tech is here now. He thinks the tri-wheel leg dollies will probably not tear up the floor and will be reasonably safe (though there is no question that the truck is safer, easier on the floor, and will last longer). I'm going to take a closer look at the tri-wheels on the piano at our church. I understand that if move the piano back and forth across the room several times a month rather than several times a year, I'm going to have to break down and go for the truck. But I may go with the tri-wheels,
  6. Boswell

    Boswell Moderator Distinguished Member

    And there was I fantasizing that piano dollies were live replicas of Michelle Pfeiffer in The Fabulous Baker Boys.
  7. BobRogers

    BobRogers Well-Known Member

    I'm afraid that three of those dollies are more than I can afford.

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