Packing and Storing Musical Instruments

Many musical instruments are valuable pieces of equipment, others are simply treasured for sentimental reasons rather than having any intrinsic value, but all different types of instrument have one thing in common with each other: they are fragile and can easily be damaged or even broken irreparably during moving either whilst being transported or whilst in a storage unit.

Pianos typically range from instruments of little monetary value such as an old upright which has seen better days and will never again be tuned to concert pitch but on which your children are learning to play, right through to the very best quality grand pianos such as a Steinway that can cost substantially more than the average year’s salary for some of us and played by the very talented professional musicians, with every other type of piano in between. You might wonder why anyone would want to put a valuable piano in storage but if, for example, you have been temporarily transferred overseas by your employer then it would be unfeasible to transport a delicate instrument like a piano and expect it to arrive in a new country (perhaps one with a completely different climate) in good musical condition. So sometimes storage is the only feasible option even for a cherished instrument.

But moving and storing an instrument such as a piano so that no cosmetic damage is done but also, much more importantly, that no musical damage is done is a very delicate task. Pianos are especially troublesome to transfer into storage because they are heavy yet also fragile at the same time.

You may decide to use the services of a specialist piano mover who will have moving equipment designed specifically for pianos and will be able to deal with all types of piano including standard uprights, baby grandsand also grand pianos. A professional piano mover will be experienced in the techniques used to prevent disturbing the mechanics of the piano and also be able to avoid damage to the outer case.

But not all instruments are as large and cumbersome as a piano and many musical instruments have their own hard cases and need no additional packing. Although, other instruments might have soft cases such as guitars or violins. The best option for packing and storing small instruments is to try and buy a hard case where possible but if this is not possible (for example, in the case of exotic foreign instruments or unusual antique instruments) then place the instrument in its soft case, if you have one, and carefully wrap with bubble wrap and place inside a sturdy cardboard packing box.

If you own a number of stringed instruments such as cellos, violas or violins, there are special storage racks available for these types of instruments to store, protect and transport valuable stringed instruments. The instruments are kept safe during storage and transport to avoid scratches or other damage to the body of the instrument and many racks have wheels so can be moved easily into its new home or self-storage unit.