Moving with Musical Instruments
Whether you’re a professional musician or just play for fun, you want your musical instruments to play as well in your new home as they do in your current one. When you plan a move, you need to take special precautions to make sure your instruments arrive in your new home in as good a shape as they left. With more than 25 years moving musical instruments and other fragile, valuable belongings, the expert removalists at Zoom Removals have a few tips to help you protect your precious instruments from damage during your move.
Moving with Brass Instruments
Though they produce a big sound and look rugged, these instruments have sensitive internal parts that can become damaged with excessive jostling, such as the slides inside trombones and the valves inside trumpets. Because they’re made from metal, they also are sensitive to temperature changes. Ask your removalists to store them in the part of the truck in which they will be best protected against extreme variations in temperature.
Before you pack, make sure you oil all the moving parts to ensure proper lubrication. Even if you have the finest case to store them in, be sure to cushion them with soft cloth, paper, or bubble wrap. Better yet, ask your removalists to pack them for you. Even if you’re a professional musician, you’re not a professional removalist. Trust that your removalists will know how to protect your precious brass instruments against damage.
Moving with Stringed Instruments
Because the soundboard is made from wood, your guitar, cello, violin, or other stringed instruments will be especially sensitive to moisture changes. Inform your removalists that you have a stringed instrument so they can take extra precautions as they pack and load it. Loosen the strings just a bit before you move. This way, any expansion that might occur due to temperature changes will not cause damage. Keep a little tension in the strings, though—just not the normal amount of tension.
When you arrive at your new home, place your instrument in a location that is as close to its previous one in both temperature and moisture levels. Let it rest for a day or two before you use it to allow it to acclimate to its new home.
Moving with Pianos
Though pianos are massive, they actually contain a lot of internal parts, such as strings, hammers, keys, and pedals that are extremely vulnerable to damage. Combine that with their huge weight, and you have a massive challenge when you move a piano. The best thing you can do is to allow your removalists to handle it. They will know just how to cushion it to make sure it arrives safely.
Once it has arrived, it may be a little out of tune from temperature or moisture level changes. Allow it to acclimate to its new environment for a few days before you call the tuner. Pianos often recover their original tuning after they remain in their new location for a while.
Be Sure to Insure
Your musical instrument represents a huge investment on your part. Although your removalists are experts in handling musical instruments—and are insured themselves—you don’t want to take chances. Insure your removal for the ultimate peace of mind.