Ottawa Piano Services | Piano Moving | Pianos Disposal

Specialized Piano Movers is a piano services company based in Ottawa, On that offers professional piano moving, tuning, disposal, appraisals and more.

Your local Piano Mover providing Affordable, Convenient piano moving, piano deliveries, piano removal, piano recycling, piano tuning and other piano services in the Ottawa and Gatineau region. Furniture too!

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Specialized Piano Movers Ottawa is ready to move your piano day or night. And if you have comments or you loved our service so much that you need to tell the world. Head on over to the “Customer Reviews” page also accessible from the main menu. Under topics, you will also find a “playing the piano” section. There will be much more to come but in the mean time we have added an easy to follow guide on “learning the piano keyboard” which will come in handy if you want to check the tune of a piano.

Before booking piano movers, there is some very basic information that you should have ready before hand. Best to visit our “Moving Piano’s” section from the main menu under ” Topics ” for great info and tips on dealing with piano movers. You will also find steps you can take to “prepare for piano movers” before they arrive to ensure a safe and efficient piano move. Our photo gallery of piano’s we have moved and our piano movers in action can also be found under topics > Moving Piano’s > Piano “Moving Photos”. Or you can find them by scrolling through our facebook page located on the right side of your screen. (desktop browser only). When you are ready to book piano movers. We have a very fast and easy to use “Online Estimate Form”, which can be reached from the main menu.

Hiring Piano Movers

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW BEFORE HIRING PIANO MOVERS.

Hiring Piano Movers

This information will make Hiring Piano Movers easy. Please understand that, Every piano move is different. Each one is priced according to certain factors including distance and difficulty. Difficulty reflects the piano’s current position in a building and its optimal path to the piano moving truck. Revers that to determine the difficulty from truck to the piano’s destination. The information you provide while booking a piano move determines the price of the move. It is important to be as accurate as possible so that the piano movers arrive properly prepared for your unique piano moving situation. Failing to do so can very possibly incur extra charges.

  • Here’s a list of the basic and most important info needed. Try to have all of it ready when you call:
  • Address of both pick up and drop off location.
  • Style of piano (upright or grand)
  • Know if there any obstacles at either location such as tight angle turns, narrow doors, stair cases…
  • Very important to know the dimensions. Specifically the height for an upright, and the length for a grand piano.

Important note; An upright Grand is NOT a grand piano. In the late 1800’s and early 1900’s, retailers called some larger upright piano’s “Cabinet Grand Piano” or “Upright Grand Piano” as a marketing ploy. A grand piano stands horizontally NOT vertically.  They normally cost in excess of 40% and more to move than a regular upright piano.

Always use experienced piano movers even if you are obtaining a cheap second hand piano. Our piano movers are experienced, knowledgeable and adaptable to the circumstances of each unique piano move. Your treasured instrument is in the best possible hands but please don’t take our word for it, see for yourself. You won’t be disappointed.

At the end of each piano move, we inspect the inside of the piano to make sure everything is in working order. Then we check the tone of the piano to see how much work is needed to get it sounding perfect! If the piano needs any minor repairs or adjustments, they can normally be done on the spot at little or no extra charge. A estimate for tuning is also given at this point.

Piano Tuning

Things to know about Piano Tuning.

Why Does My Piano Go Out of Tune?

A piano simply needs Piano Tuning just like your car simply needs oil changes. There are several factors that cause a piano to go out of tune.

 

Regular Piano Playing

 

If you are someone who plays the piano daily, then you might not notice as is it goes out of tune. However, it’s very common for this to happen as playing it causes a gentle strain on the strings. We recommend piano tuning every six months to keep your string instrument in the best possible pitch.

 

Time

 

Did you know that a piano holds up to twenty-two tons of tension when its strings are pulled to pitch? With all that tension, your piano is slowly becoming out of tune. Well built and cared for piano’s will release tension slower than others.

 

Piano Humidity

 

In our bi-polar Ottawa climate, we experience big humidity changes from season to season. In a more humid season, your strings are stretched tighter and in the drier seasons they have a bit more slack. Newer pianos have humidity control devices which help, but you should still have your piano tuned once to twice a year to maintain pitch.

 

Piano Temperature

 

Just as the Ottawa, Ontario humidity changes so does the temperature. When the mercury dial dips or temperature rises, it changes the tension of your strings and can cause your piano to be out of tune, especially if this is happening frequently. For example, if you have your piano in front of a window with direct sunlight, the temperature during the time of day when the sun shines in is going to be vastly different than the evening when everyone is asleep. For this reason, we recommend keeping your piano out of direct sunlight and keep your thermostat on in the room if you have the piano near an outside wall where it more susceptible to temperature changes.

 

Piano Moving

 

If you hire professional piano movers to transport your beloved music maker, then you are taking a step in the right direction. A Piano move avoiding stairs and handled by Piano Moving Specialists will at the very most disturb the piano string unison’s. After which, only a fine tuning is needed if it is a properly maintained piano. Even the most professional piano moving company must physically lift and move your piano, which can and does end up in changes in pitch. Especially if stairs where involved. We recommend letting your piano sit for two to 4 weeks in the new home to allow for it to adjust to the new climate before getting a professional piano tuner to come and bring it to pitch.

 

When does my piano need tuning?

 

Piano players of any skill level should have a piano tuning performed at least once every six months. And regardless of whether the piano is played or not, once a year is the BARE MINIMUM! Failure to do so can greatly reduce the life expectancy of your piano.

Used Piano Appraisals

Piano Appraisals for Insurance Coverage & Peace of Mind

When you are looking to find that magic number to put on insurance policies for your prized pianos, trust the piano appraisal experts at Specialized Piano Movers Ottawa. Anthony Yerly, an owner operator with years of experience buying, selling and appraising pianos in the Central Ottawa and surrounding areas is here to help. Not only is the piano appraisal pricing affordable, but the service and scheduling is convenient and very often,  can be done within a day or two notice. Don’t be fooled by slippery appraisers who specialize in other instruments or equipment and do piano value estimates on the side. Choose a piano appraisal contractor who knows pianos costs, value and replacement cost inside and out.

Some of the factors that come into play when determining the value of your prized piano is:

  • Type of Piano, name, age, serial, model, size and brand name.
  • Condition of Piano for tuning including whether it will hold a tune and whether it can hold modern pitch standards.
  • Has the piano’s temperament been maintained at A440, concert pitch?
  • What is the current condition of the piano’s pin block? And of what quality is that sound board?
  • Is the piano due for regulating? Of what quality and condition is the Piano’s “action”. This also covers the piano’s condition for playing and performing, otherwise coined as “the piano’s playability” This qwill also determine how much work is involved to get into playing condition.
  • Service Records including whether the piano has been serviced regularly during its life and how often It has been tuned.
  • Original purchase price is always considered to help compare it to new piano’s in the market and their prices, Along side other factors, we start to find its true and present value.
  • If the piano has been restored or not and if so, the receipts from that piano restoration;
  • The cosmetics of the piano and how good it looks on the outside.

It is worth noting that even pianos with no service records and pianos that are in poor condition can still hold value. If there is a history of the piano where someone famous owned or played this piano that can increase its value. Or if the piano was produced in a limited production run or with certain ornate details that are hard to find or are not available on newer models. The true test of the value of a piano is really shown by what someone is willing to pay for it at auction or in market conditions but the best guess of a skilled appraiser can be very beneficial for accurate insurance reporting and to ensure that your belongings are covered sufficiently should a total loss occur at your residence.

Specialized Piano Movers Ottawa is a piano appraisal contractor that knows piano’s inside and out. Anthony Yerly or “Tony” is an owner operator who brings years of piano experience to the Ottawa, ON area and is skilled in piano tuning, piano consulting, piano moving and can even refinish your piano as well. Why trust a company that only does piano value assessments on the side, when you can have the expert advice of a piano enthusiast to determine the value of your piano carefully and accurately for a reasonable fee. Call or text Tony to get your piano appraisal quote today at 613-400-6195 or [email protected] .

History of Piano’s

History of Piano’s

The piano is unique among keyboard instruments. Only the piano has hammers that strike tuned strings and rebound away from them, allowing the strings to vibrate and produce sustained musical tones. Each note has an escapement mechanism between the key and its hammer that releases the hammer from the key just before the hammer strikes the strings, allowing it to bounce away from the strings. The pianist may play softly or loudly by depressing the keys slowly or quickly, thus varying the intensity of the blows of the hammers on the strings. This is a brief history of piano’s and there development since the first practical piano which was built 300 years ago! This entire history and so much more can be found in Arthur A. Reblitz book: Piano servicing, tuning, and rebuilding.

Antique Pianos

Bartolomeo Cristofori (1655-1731) built the first practical piano that History of Piano's, yamaha console pianocould be played either softly or loudly, with an escapement mechanism for the hammers, in the early 1700’s. The name piano is an abbreviation of Cristofori’s original name for the instrument piano et forte, or soft and loud. The dramatic expressive capabilities of the piano set it apart from other keyboard instruments of Cristofori’s time, including the harpsichord, in which the mechanism plucks the strings, and the clavichord, in which small brass “tangents” mounted directly on the back ends of the keys touch the strings lightly to produce a very soft, delicate tone. Because of its versatility, the piano has remained popular to this day as the fundamental keyboard instrument of both home and concert hall.

The period beginning with the invention of the piano in the 1700’s and ending in the late 1800’s saw much experimentation and frequent design change. Early pianos of one maker were radically different from those of another. By the late 1800’s, these early designs had evolved toward an instrument whose basic features were similar to those of the modern piano. It is unusual today to find a piano manufactured prior to the 1860’s or 1870’s outside of a museum.

Victorian Pianos

By the late 1800’s, factories were mass producing pianos and History of Piano's, parlour grand pianoretailing them at low enough prices that the public could afford to buy them. Piano cabinets of this period typically featured fancy carvings, fretwork, molding’s, and ornate veneers.

Today these instruments are known as “Victorian” pianos. Victorian pianos may be categorized into three main types: the upright, the square (also known as the square grand), and the grand. Most vertical pianos were uprights, with the strings and soundboard positioned vertically. Square pianos had a rectangular shape with the strings positioned horizontally and approximately parallel to the length of the keyboard. Grand pianos had the strings positioned horizontally, approximately at right angles to the length of the keyboard.

The best Victorian uprights and grands were excellent pianos. Square pianos, despite their massive, ornate cabinets, had small soundboard’s and hammers . Their appearance was more impressive than their musical capability even when they were new. Victorian pianos used mass produced , machine-made action parts, but replacement parts for many of these pianos have not been stocked by piano supply companies since the 1930’s. Of the many Victorian pianos still in existence , the best are well worth careful restoration and preservation.

Twentieth Century Pianos

By the early 1900’s the “Golden Age of the Piano” the development of History of Piano's, 150 year old pianothe piano as we know it today was practically complete. Square pianos were nearly extinct. Grand and upright cabinets were streamlined, and “gingerbread” was eliminated. The mechanical design had progressed essentially to the point where it is today, incorporating high tensile strength steel wire strings strung on large heavy cast iron frames, with large hammers and large soundboard’s.

A common promotional trick in the early 1900 ‘s was to call an upright an “upright grand ” or “cabinet grand.” Because the public tends to think of a grand as being of higher quality than a vertical, these fancy labels are meant to suggest that the piano has qualities typical of grands not found in ordinary verticals. Upon careful examination, a piano with one of these names bears no more resemblance to a grand piano than any other vertical does.

The 1930’s marked the beginning of a trend toward smaller and smaller pianos. Large uprights evolved into smaller studio uprights, and baby grands less than 5’8″ (173 em .) in length became more popular. By the end of the 1940’s, manufacturers mass marketed small consoles and smaller spinets to consumers who didn’t have room for large, boxy uprights in their “modern” smaller apartments and homes.

The height of the cabinet and the placement of the piano action in relation to the keyboard determine whether a vertical piano is an upright, studio upright, console, or spinet. In an upright piano the action is located a distance above the keys, requiring extensions called stickers to connect the keys to the action. Twentieth century full sized uprights nearly always have stickers.

The studio upright and console are of medium height, and usually have the action mounted directly over the keys without stickers. This is called a direct blow action . The studio upright (also called the “professional upright” by many manufacturers) looks like a smaller version of a full sized upright with a slanted front . Most studio uprights made since the 1950 ‘s are high quality , durable pianos marketed mainly to schools , churches , and piano teachers. The console is slightly smaller than a studio upright , typically with the action made as short as possible while still able to sit on top of the keys. Most console pianos have fancier cabinets, for the home market .

The spinet is the smallest vertical, usually with the action partially or completely below the keys. Most spinets have drop actions with drop stickers extending downward from the keys to connect them to the action. The tone quality of spinet pianos is inherently poor in the bass, due to the short bass strings. Also, the spinet action doesn’t feel as solid as that of a console or upright because of the drop stickers . While higher priced spinets are assembled carefully from good quality materials, average spinets are manufactured to satisfy consumer demand for instruments that are as small and inexpensive as possible.

Exceptions to the drop action rule include a few spinets as short as 34″ (including some Currier models) that incorporate a direct blow compressed action, and certain consoles (including 40″- 41″ Baldwin and Brambach models made in the late 1950’s and early 1960’s) that have drop actions.

In summary, a modern piano (one made since the early 1900’s) is either a grand or a vertical. If a vertical, it is either an upright, a studio upright, a console, or a spinet. Most pianos made since the beginning of the 20th century use standardized action parts that are still available. A few, however, used experimental designs that are now obsolete. Millions of pianos made since the early 1900’s, from the cheapest to the very best, are still around today. If a good quality piano is in a moderately good state of preservation, then it is worth repairing or restoring.

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