Moving musical instruments with ease

Moving musical instruments seems complicated, but doesn’t necessarily needs to be so. All you need to do in order to go through it with ease is to be conscientious of what you are going to move. The type of the instrument dictates the tempo of the move and the price of the move. There are, however, some of the guidelines you should follow when moving musical instruments. We are going to try to point out some of the most important ones in this text. Before we go into more details, we’d like to point out that the most important aspect of your move is going to be the moving company that you choose to work with.

Take time to plan the move

Moving takes time, period. Make sure you aren’t rushing about moving musical instruments. If you take enough time to prepare for the move, it is going to be done swiftly and efficiently. On the other hand, if you underestimate the time needed, you may end up feeling trapped. Therefore, the first thing you should write down on your to-do list are the following:

  • Where are your instruments at the moment
  • Where are they going to
  • Do you have cases for all of them
  • Can they fit into one truck
  • Are you going to need professional help in order to move them easily
  • Do you have to take them down the stairs and are you going to have to lift them up

Moving musical instruments is going to be easier if you do not cut any corners

By cutting corners we mean the money. Look, moving musical instruments has never been the cheapest thing to do. If you get an unbelievably good offer, some is probably not entirely right about it. We’re not saying you should be choosing the most expensive one. Still, quality comes with a price. Therefore, ask your moving company for an estimate. It can turn out that the quote they tell you covers only one part of the move. If that price does not include a bunch of Johnny Bravos ready to lift your instruments up a dozen flight of stairs (hardly will they fit into an elevator), what are you going to be left with? Ask your moving company for a official price of the move and have them stick to it.

Packing your musical instruments

One more crucial point in making the move of musical instruments easy is packing your instruments. Depending on the size of the instrument, packing can vary. For those instruments that are easy enough to be carried by one person, their standard cases should suffice. On the other hand, if you’re moving instruments that are bulkier and heavier, you should pack them in such a way as not to damage them during the move. Piano, for example, is one the trickiest instruments for moving. You should do your best to protect it as much as you can.

Vintage piano
Piano is one of the most difficult instruments to move

Another good idea is to make sure your moving company has already moved instruments like yours before. Furthermore, have them explain it to you how they usually do it and how they plan to do it with your items. Also, ask them to show you the equipment they are going to use for the move. Make sure they have a trolley they can use to put a piano on for example, and then roll with while it is being moved on the flat surface. All of this is part of packing your musical instruments for the move. It is so much better to be safe than sorry. Plus, if it seems like you’re going to have to pay more that what you thought about, don’t be desperate. Just imagine how much it would cost to repair and how much it would hurt to have you beloved instrument damaged.

String instruments are usually easier to move

Black guitar
The guitar is one of the easier instruments to move

String instruments are usually easier to move and often you can see people carrying them on the subway. While they really are quite easy to transport, the issue with them is when they are part of a larger move. Once you stuff them into the movers’ truck, everything seems fine and done. However, unless you take precautionary measures while packing, you may be in for a big surprise. In order not to experience an ugly surprise, you should loosen up the strings a bit. This way, the heat will not hurt the instrument. Also, when you put them into their cases, stuff bubble wrap or some cloth around the edges where instrument touches the case. This will ensure that the instrument does not move while you are moving it or when you load and unload it into the truck.

Moving brass and wooden instruments

Brass and wooden instruments are mostly easy to carry around and it can seem like a no fuss to transport them. This generally is true. However, just like with string instruments, the issue with them is when you need to move them in a bulk. In order to avoid issues with them, you should separate all the parts that can be taken off.

Moving percussion instruments with ease

A drumming set
Packing and unpacking drums can be easy when you have professionals by your side to help you with it

Percussion instruments like drums are probably the easiest to pack. Given their shapes and sizes, they are usually sold with a case that provides very good protection. Still, you can enhance that protection if you add some bubble wrap to those places where drums touch the case. However, you shouldn’t add too much. If that happens, the opposite side of the drumming kit will rub against the case or it may even be impossible to close it. Therefore, be careful when packing percussion instruments, but also beware of how you protect them. Too much protection can mean not enough protection in reality.

We sincerely hope this article ha helped you gather more information about moving musical instruments. We would be even happier if we knew you found out how to do it with ease thanks to us. Anyway, should you need any help, let us know. We are the professionals you have been looking for!