Every piano owner should be fully knowledgeable of their precious investment. The following is piano glossary of terms. If you have any questions or we can assist you in any way, please contact McMurry Moving Company in our Dallas office at 972-242-1990 or in our Fort Worth office at 817-690-1978.
Baby Grand Piano – Grand pianos with a length not to exceed 6 feet.
Concert Grand Piano – Grand pianos in excess of 7 feet 6 inches in length but not in excess of 9 feet.
Concert Organ – Very large organs with detachable pedals and a size in excess of 44 inches high, 31 inches wide and 56 inches long, and/or a combined cube in excess of 44 cubic feet.
Console Organ – Larger organs with detachable pedals and/or with more than two 44 noted keyboards with more than one octave attached.
Difficult Terrain – The Price Structure for moving your piano or organ is partly determined by whether or not the instrument must traverse difficult terrain on its way between pickup and delivery locations. Examples of difficult terrain would be a loose gravel driveway or a lawn.
Elevator Service – When the unit fits into an elevator without having to be put on end, on its keyboard or disassembled.
Extended Elevator Service – When the unit must be put on its end, on its keyboard or disassembled to fit into the elevator.
Parlor Grand Piano – Grand pianos in excess of 6 feet 6 inches in length but not in excess of 7 feet 6 inches.
Piano Make – The “Make” is the Manufacturer. You can usually find the name of the manufacturer in the center of the fallboard, right above the keys. If for some reason the decal is missing from the fallboard, you can usually find the name inside the piano on the metal plate by the tuning pins (just under the music desk). There are some instruments (usually older ones) that don’t have a name — either because the decal has been painted over, scraped off, or in some way obliterated. These pianos are often referred to as “no name pianos” by technicians and rebuilders. If your piano or organ has no name, simply type “No Name” into the field.
Piano Model – The Model Name or Number — like a Hammon B3, or a Steinway D — usually designates the size of the instrument, as in the length of a grand. Or it might designate a particular style a manufacturer is attempting to brand. But, the Model Name or Number is not likely to be written on your piano or organ. It might be, but probably not. Steinway, for example, does not write the Model Number onto their pianos. Yet, some piano manufacturers do. For example, Mason & Hamlin stamps their Model Numbers (e.g. BB) onto the metal plate by the tuning pins, next to the Serial Number. All in all, the Model Name or Number is not something the typical consumer will know much about, especially with older models.
Piano Types – For piano moving purposes, there are 12 basic types, depending on size, shape and whether your instrument has a player mechanism installed.
Player Baby Grand Piano – Grand pianos with a length not in excess of 6 feet and with an electric or pump player mechanism attached to the case.
Player Concert Grand Piano – A Grand piano with a length in excess of 7 feet 6 inches but not in excess of 9 feet with an electric or pump player mechanism attached to the case.
Player Parlor Grand Piano – A Grand piano with a length that is in excess of 6 feet 6 inches but not in excess of 7 feet 6 inches and with an electric or pump player mechanism attached to the case.
Player Studio Grand Piano – A Grand piano with a length that is in excess of 6 feet but not in excess of 6 feet 6 inches and with an electric or pump player mechanism attached to the case.
Player Upright Piano – Vertical pianos with a height in excess of 42 inches and with an electric or pump player mechanism built into the case.
Point of Destination – The precise location at which the unit and/or units is/are tendered or physically delivered into the custody of the consignee or his agent by carrier.
Point of Origin – The precise location at which the unit and/or units is/are physically delivered by the consignor or his agent into the custody of the carrier for transportation or movement.
Serial Number – The Serial Number — somewhere between four and six digits — is usually located on the metal plate by the tuning pins. For the most part, this number will be easily visible from inside the piano or organ. And yet, some manufacturers — especially the more obscure manufacturers of the 19th century — didn’t keep tight records, and consequently, didn’t write Serial Numbers onto their instruments, while other manufacturers hid the Serial Number deep inside the piano, stamped on the action, a location only a technician would see.
Spinet or Console Piano – Vertical pianos with a height in excess of 36 inches but not in excess of 42 inches.
Spinet Organ – Small organs in which the pedals do not detach before moving and/or with a maximum of two 44 noted keyboards with one octave attached.
Steep Driveway – Driveways and/or entry ways that are constructed as a steep incline and in which the truck is not able to drive on to alleviate the incline, forcing the movers to negotiate the incline physically.
Steps & Number of Stairway Steps – The price structure for moving your piano or organ is partly determined by the number of stairway steps the instrument must traverse on its way from its pickup location to its delivery location.
Studio Grand Piano – Grand pianos in excess of 6 feet in length but not in excess of 6 feet 6 inches.
Studio Upright or Vertical Piano – Vertical pianos with a height in excess of 42 inches but not in excess of 46 inches.
Turns & Number of Turns – The Price Structure for moving your piano or organ is partly determined by the number of turns the instrument must make on its way from its pickup location to its delivery location.
Upright or Vertical Piano – Vertical pianos with a height in excess of 46 inches.
If you have any questions or would like to schedule your piano to be moved, please contact McMurry Moving Company in our Dallas office at 972-242-1990 or in our Fort Worth office at 817-690-1978.
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