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Moving your musical instruments interstate is not as easy as moving your furniture. Musical instruments often have sentimental appeal, which limits how easy it is to sell your old instrument then buy a replacement later. Instruments need to be transported with extra care to prevent damage to the delicate materials from high humidity, water damage and collisions. Here are some tips for ensuring your instruments are in good shape after an interstate journey.
Piano storage and removal
Wrap your piano well in blankets to cushion it from accidental blows as it is moved and to limit any water drips to the surface which can be damaging to the veneer.
Pianos can be difficult to move down tight stairwells and hallways so measure any gaps you will be moving the piano through before you start, and plan a route that should work. Make sure the piano lid is firmly shut and secured for the journey and that the back of the piano is against a wall to limit stresses to the piano walls if the truck shakes.
If your piano will be in storage or a truck for a significant amount of time, ensure this is under humidity-controlled conditions as a very moist or humid environment can cause the wood veneer to warp and crack.
String instrument storage and removal
String instruments tend to be relatively easy to transport as they generally have highly protective cases. In the case of longer-term storage temperature and humidity control is important to prevent warping of wood veneers. (Humidity-controlled instrument cases can be purchased for string instruments if this is likely to be an issue.)
Woodwind instrument storage and removal
Woodwind instruments tend to be relatively easy to move and have highly protective cases. The most vulnerable part of the woodwind instruments tends to be the reeds, which can be removed and transported separately or replaced if needed.
Drum kit storage and removal
Drum kit hardware (the frame and mountings) can often be partially disassembled for easier removal and storage. The main issues with moving membranophone style drums is mechanical or water damage to the membrane. It is important to ensure that the drum is well cushioned in transit and nothing is stored on top of the drum to minimise the risk of damage.
Finally, where possible, it is well worth hiring a professional removalist, like those found at Aussiemove International Movers SA Pty Ltd, to store or move your instruments when you are heading interstate or overseas. In addition to being experienced in moving specialist items. They often have insurance coverage that can allow you to get the necessary repairs if your instrument is accidentally damaged in transit.Share