European Piano Movers Association

EPiMA – The European Piano Movers Association was created in 2010 by Lance Green of G&R Ltd in order to establish a reputable, knowledgeable and recommended list of competent piano moving companies across Europe. Founder members G&R Removals of London UK were very quickly joined by Tenniswood Piano Movers in Newcastle, McCluskeys Removals in Ireland, Giovaruscio Transport in Rome, Italy, Credo Movers of Zagreb, Croatia and now Griffioen Transport of Bodegraven in the Netherlands sharing our ethics and the importance of highlighting the professional service with fully trained Piano Movers to our valued clients across Europe. This Alliance is growing because of the rising demand for a service like this from our customers. If you are a professional Piano Moving Company in Europe and would like to join us, please send details to lance@gandrremovals.co.uk to apply the first 10 companies will not be charged a registration fee.

The European Piano Movers Association would love to hear from you if you are a specialist European Piano Mover.

List of EPiMA members

G&R Removals Ltd. Founder members of EPiMA based in London UK

Tenniswood Removals based in Newcastle Upon Tyne UK

McCluskey Removals and Transport based in Lisburn, Northern Ireland

Giovaruscio Transport based in London, Milan and Rome

Credo Movers based in Zagreb Croatia.

Griffioen Transport based in Bodegraven Netherlands

Membership of our Association is quite simple, yet remains quite stringent. The applicant must have been established as a Company for at least 10 years, have a training programme in place for all operational staff, drivers and Piano Movers, must be of good repute, hold a European Operating Licence and have adequate Liability Insurance Cover. Memebership of another reputable Moving association such as FEDEMAC or British Association of Removers may help an application but may not guarantee acceptance. Europe needs good Piano Movers and EPiMA is the answer.

UK and European orchestra tours

Throughout this years season of orchestra tours which has taken us from the Czech Rebublic, through Germany, Netherlands,Belgium, Scotland, Ireland, France and Spain in addition to the numerous prestigious venues in London and throughout the UK. The recently completed European tour of the Moscow State Symphony Orchestra was a hugely successful part of the Zurich International Concert Series 2012-2013 which G&R Removals Orchestral touring department was very proud to be the chosen carrier for all the instruments. For almost seven decades, the Moscow State Symphony Orchestra has been recognized as one of the foremost interpreters of the classic Russian composers. An L.A. Times critic recently said the orchestra ‘might well be the world’s least-heralded great orchestra’. Since Pavel Kogan became Music Director he has earned the orchestra a high reputation for artistic excellence and in 2011 his name went into a list of the ten greatest conductors of the 20th century. Along with a line-up of virtuosic young soloists this series of concerts celebrating the key works of Tchaikovsky is a treat not to be missed.

Part of Zurich International Concert Series 2012-13.

Below – our temperature controlled tuck and trailer unloads the instruments of the Moscow State Symphony Orchestra at London’s Cadogan Halls as part of the European Tour, with live satellite tracking systems and heated trailer there are no other transport companies better placed to carry out these Orchestra Tours. Our drivers are routinely trained in all aspects of their work and have achieved great marks in driver profiling tests by Insurers. All our drivers are certified a Low Risk with great perception skills and hazard awareness. This certainly helps all our customers rest assured that their precious instruments are in the best possible hands, particularly considering the high mileage that the orchestra tours demand and associated hazards of such mileage. G&R are proud to have such a record and consider investing in staff and driver training to be a fundamental part of the success.

Currently, the truck pictured below is loading all instruments from the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra in Prague in the Czech Republic for a tour of Spain, for performances at some of Spain’s most prestigious Concert Halls, from Alicante, to Madrid, San Sebastian, Oviedo and Zaragoza. Other than the distance involved the driver meets the challenges imposed by winter roads and associated congestion. The truck is fitted with Winter tyres and snow chains when necessary and the trailer’s temperature set at a cosy 21c – one of the reasons that G&R are favoured for UK and European orchestra tours again and again.

On tour with the Moscow State Symphony Orchestra

On tour with the Moscow State Symphony Orchestra

Piano upstairs

Moving a concert grand piano up the stairs

Moving a concert grand piano up the stairs

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TEN AWESOME SETS of STAIRS!

For many, the stairs are something to avoid, unless you’re determined to lose some weight or need a piano upstairs as we see above. Luckily we did not have to take a piano upstairs at any of places listed below, although the view would have been spectacular.

But lovers of nature and spectacular views are more than used to climb steps and more steps to recreate the view.

This list of steps is also a challenge for those who are a little dizzy. Created leveraging recesses of mountains and landforms, and sometimes directly on the spot to go, will be the stars of curses and anecdotes alike.

Peldaños del Cañón
Where you are: Pailon del Diablo , Ecuador
Where are they going? Designed to descend to the bottom of one of the most famous waterfalls in South America, along the way, lost in the fog in many cases, it is extremely slippery and steep for several tens of meters to a lookout where you can see a dramatic effect, accompanied hummingbirds,gulls and other local birds

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El pozo de Chand Baori
Where you are: India
Where are they going? The decline of these steps leads to a huge pool, built in the tenth century to overcome the lack of rainfall in the region and store water for long periods. The structure has a total of 3,500 steps, and down to a depth of 30 meters. 3500 steps!!! Can you imagine taking a piano upstairs there ?

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Stairs Elbe Sandstone Mountains
Where you are: Dresden , Germany
Where are they going? Stairs carved into the stone itself of these mountains. They date from the 13th century and have been eroded by wind and water, but there are still being used daily by tourists. 487steps, though not enough, were restored and expanded in the eighteenth century to facilitate transit.

The Rock of Guatapé
Where you are: Antioquia , Colombia
Where are they going? The rock is an authentic stone monolith of 220 meters. The steps are constructed with cement, directly on the rock and making a curious place that facilitated cleavagestructure. Some 702 steps are to be followed to reach its peak.

Stairs in Colombia

The ladder Haiku
Where you are: Oahu , Hawaii
Material: metal
Where are they going? On the small island of Oahu there is this tremendous journey of 3922 steps,climbing, cross and down a hill of 850 meters. They were created to facilitate the installation of a satellite in 1942. In principle wood, were modernized in the ’50s, but since 1987 are closed to the public.

The Inca Trail
Where you are: Peru
Where are they going? An ancient trade route linking the city of Cuzco to Machu Pichu. For the rugged geography of the area, the Inca Trail and forced detours around to evolve between hills andmountains. The result: miles and miles of stairs, in some cases very precarious, as the famous floating staircases.

Ladder Via Crucis
Where you are: Bermeo, Basque Country, Spain
Where are they going? This endless row of stairs attached to the rock coast where a small churchdating from the tenth century and seems to be of Templar.
To reach the hermitage of San Juan de Gaztelugatxe have to climb 231 steps and there are gaps in the steps that are identified as the footsteps of St. John himself, who are given different healing powers.For example, you have to put your feet in them as a solution for corns or left hats, scarves or chapelas,to cure the headache.

Spanish steps

 

Spiral staircase in the Taihang Mountains
Where you are: At the boundary between the provinces of Shanxi and Henan , China
Where are they going? This spiral staircase of almost 100 meters have been installed recently in an attempt to attract thousands of tourists each year to the beautiful Taihang Mountains .
Before undertaking the ascent asks visitors to sign forms to ensure they do not have heart problems orlungs, and are under age 60. And is that a slip in a narrow metal ladder as you certainly can lead to heaven, as the song of Led Zeppelin.

 

Wayna Pichu
Where you are: Machu Picchu , Peru
Where are they going? Stairs carved into the rock that crown a climb of about 360 meters from MachuPicchu itself. In some sections, the ascent is complicated to pass through narrow sections and smallsteps and eroded. The rise time is calculated from one hour and 90 minutes. He said soon: 90 minutesclimbing stairs! Only allowed promotion to 400 tourists a day and closes access from 1pm. Just in case.

Piano Auctions London- Yamaha, Steinway,Bechstein, Bluthner, Bosendorfer pianos

The London Piano Auctions held at Conway Hall , Holborn, London on December 12th with over 120 Lots including many Yamaha pianos, Steinway pianos, Bluthner pianos, Bechstein pianos plus a selection of other pianos including Bosendorfer, Broadwood, Kawai and many antique pianos for sale.  The ‘120 lots’ auction was delivered and set-up by G&R Removals in 8 hours by 12 men – an unprecedented and unrivalled service. No other piano transport Company ever managed to provide such a service involving such a variety of makes and models of reconditioned, second hand and antique pianos to the London piano auctions, we truly believe we have an unrivalled service. On Thursday 11th April the Piano Auctions saw visitors from around the world, piano buyers from the USA, China and Europe. Steinway pianos were particularly interesting as usual to all buyers and the Chinese piano buyers seemed to like the antique pianos as well as the Steinway and Bechstein pianos. The Yamaha pianos were of little interest to them as they can buy the pianos cheaper in China. The Piano Auctions have a growing  reputation in China for unusual antique pianos as well as offering great name pianos at very interesting prices. The comparative piano auction in Shanghai held at the New Expo Center during the Music China exhibition does not offer such great offers and opportunities as the Piano Auctions Ltd in London.
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Steinways! Steinways! Steinways! DECEMBER 2013 UPDATE!

With a new upright piano costing in excess of £20,000, and a grand more than £40,000, it seems remarkable that you can still buy one in our auction for £1,000 and £4,000 respectively – albeit it they may be 100 years or so older – they’re still Steinways.

In our September 2013 sale we had 27 Steinways and now in December, breaking our own record, we have an amazing 39!! These range from uprights at around £1,000 to a recent Model B with a guide price of £30,000 – 35,000.

This is the reason why PianoAuctions Ltd has become the venue for buying and selling second-hand Steinways!

Lot 115 (pictured right) Steinway (c2003)
A 6ft 11in Model B grand piano in a bright mahogany case on square tapered legs. Estimated £30,000 – 35,000

Shipping pianos to China

Cargo Plane

Airfreight a Steinway piano to Shanghai

Last year our packers wrapped over 170 pianos for export to Asia, mainly shipping pianos to China and Korea, to meet the rising demand for European pianos in Asia, the particularly sought after brands are Steinway, Bechstein, Bluthner and Erard pianos rather than Yamaha or Kawai. Most will be shipped to China by sea into Beijing or Shanghai in containers this week, but we have sent one piano by airfreight to Korea and one piano this week for airfreight to Shanghai.

Airfreight is apparently considered one of the safest modes of freight, but it is essential the pianos are packed correctly for this to be effective. Shipping Pianos to China is relatively problem free until the pianos arrive at port, ultimately the paperwork needs to be in order 100% and a good clearing agent is essential – please contact us for a complete service for shipping pianos to China. We have the facility in the UK for transport, collection, storage, export packing the pianos prior to shipping to China, Korea or elsewhere with clearing agents in most countries and cities around the world. When shipping a piano, not only to China or Korea, it is important to know that the piano is in good hands all the way from the UK to your port of entry or final destination, this starts with a good moving company such as G&R Removals in London, who can collect your piano with the right equipment and trained staff, fully export wrap and pack the pianos into timber cases when necessary and carry out the UK haulage, customs formalities, customs clearance and International shipping to your port of arrival, where it is also important to have a reputable and well – established customs clearing agent for when the piano or container arrives at the port otherwise you could spend a fortune on demurrage charges and additional handling costs. G&R Removals have great contacts throughout China Asia and across the world. When you need Piano shipping you need to consider your piano shipping agent, ask G&R for their free advice and help before you go elsewhere.

Brand new for 2014 – G&R has formed an association with ADP in Shanghai called D2D – Europe to China for a door to door service including local customs clearance, documentation and freight by road, sea, and air available (see above for shipping pianos to China) Call our office for rates or e-mail Lance@gandrremovals.co.uk (London office) Franco@adp.com.cn (Shanghai office)
IS MY KEYBOARD IVORY?

We frequently need to ask this question to comply with the law on selling pianos with ivory keyboards. It’s not always as easy to tell as you might imagine!

So if you are not sure how to tell if your keyboard has ivory keys we would recommend this very helpful video on you Tube. Simply Google ‘How To Tell If You Have Ivory Piano Keys?’ and you should be directed to a clear video presented by Robert of Living Pianos. (If you have any difficulty with this, cut and paste the following into your browser:- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B7HkiRh_Jjs )

Current legislation states that if the piano is manufactured after 1946 an Article 10 Certificate is required by law to sell an instrument with an ivory keyboard. Here at Piano Auctions Ltd we are happy to apply for Article 10 Certificates on behalf of our vendors.

If you have any questions regarding ivory keyboards please do not hesitate to contact us.

For more information on selling ivory keyboards please visit the Animal Health & Veterinary Agency (AHVLA), UK CITES Management Authority at www.defra.gov.uk

Bluthner Grand piano on the 58th floor of the Shard in London

A Bluthner Grand piano was delivered by G&R Removals to the 58th floor of the Shard in London on behalf of the Bluthner Piano Centre in London. If this isn’t the highest piano in Europe we want to know where there’s a higher one, the top of Mont Blanc?File:Cmglee Horminan London skyline.jpg Eiffel Tower ??

 

The Shard is Western Europe’s tallest building, completed in May 2012. Designed by world renowned architect Renzo Piano, and standing at an inspiring 310 meters (1,016 feet), it is an iconic and positive addition to the London skyline and a truly landmark project.

Inspired by the spires of London’s churches and the top sails of the ships that used to moor on the Thames, the Shard is an elegant slim glass spire with individual ‘‘shards’’ that make up the outer skin. The use of sophisticated glazing and angled panes reflect the light as the sun moves, creating an elegant presence on the skyline.

Located at London Bridge Quarter, replacing the 28 year old Southwark Tower, the scheme has been conceived by Renzo Piano as a mixed use ‘‘vertical city’’ that includes a public piazza, world class office space, an exclusive collection of residential apartments which is the highest in the UK, the 5-star Shangri-La Hotel with spa and pool and international restaurants and viewing galleries offering unprecedented 360 degree views of London.

Unlike other skyscrapers in London the Shard has a mix of elements to encourage public interaction, combining both public and private space in one energetic community. It is expected to become a new focal point in the capital and to be adopted enthusiastically by Londoners.

The Place, also designed by Renzo Piano, sits alongside the Shard and benefits from a stunning roof terrace. At 17 floors, it offers an impressive 600,000 sq ft of office space making it a perfect corporate headquarters. London Bridge Quarter integrates these two landmark buildings into one master planned project that will transform and upgrade London Bridge station to the highest standards of transport design, connecting seamlessly to new public realm to transform the public space outside London Bridge Station into a dynamic commercial and mixed use area. London Bridge Quarter is a development by Sellar on behalf of LBQ Ltd, a joint venture between Sellar Property Group and the State of Qatar.

And a Bluthner Grand piano way up on the 58th floor – probably the most elevated piano in Europe… delivered and positioned by G&R Removals – London.

 

Piano Auctions London

Piano Auctions Ltd hold their next auction in London at the Conway Halls, Red Lion Square in Holborn if you’re in the market for a piano, you must get down there.Click here to see on map
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Latest Sale Details for 16th April 2015

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1 piano auctions Yamaha (c1963) A Model P116 modern style upright piano in a bright mahogany case. £600 – 800
2 piano auctions Bechstein (c1910) A 6ft 8in Model B grand piano in an ebonised case on turned octagonal legs £1,200 – 1,800
3 piano auctions Steinway A 6ft ‘old style’ Model A grand piano in a rosewood case on turned and fluted ‘elephant legs’ £4,000 – 6,000
4 piano auctions Sauter (c1980s) A traditional style upright piano in a bright mahogany case. £1,000 – 1,500
5 piano auctions Steinway (c1935) A Model V upright piano in a mahogany case. £3,000 – 5,000
6 Blüthner (c1978) A 5ft 5in Model 10 grand piano in an ebonised case on square tapered legs. £1,500 – 1,800
7 piano auctions Bechstein (c1900) A 6ft 8in Model B grand piano in a rosewood case on square tapered legs. £1,000 – 1,500
8 piano auctions Petrof (c1998) A 5ft 3in Model VI grand piano in a bright mahogany case on square tapered legs. £2,500 – 3,500
9 Kawai (c1965) A Model KS1 upright piano in an ebonised case. £600 – 800
10 Steinway (c1920s) A 5ft 10in Model O grand piano in a rosewood case on square tapered legs, together with an ebonised stool. £5,000 – 7,000
11 Yamaha (c1975) A 6ft 1in Model C3 grand piano in an ebonised case on square tapered legs. £2,000 – 3,000
12 piano auctions Steinway(c1920) A Model K upright piano in a rosewood case. This piano was reconditioned in 1994. £3,000 – 5,000
13 piano auctions Blüthner (c1914) A traditional style upright piano in an ebonised case. £600 – 800
14 Yamaha (c1971) A 4ft 11in Model GB1 grand piano in a satin walnut case together with an oak stool. £2,000 – 3,000
15 piano auctions Steinway (c1897) A 6ft 1in ‘old style’ Model A grand piano in a rosewood case on turned baluster legs. £4,000 – 6,000
16 Kawai (c2007) A 5ft Model GM10 grand piano in a bright ebonised case fitted with a Piano Disk 228 system, on square tapered legs. This piano has had some water damage. £3,000 – 5,000
17 piano auctions Bösendorfer (c1935) A 6ft 7in grand piano in a satin ebonised case on square tapered legs. £5,000 – 7,000
18 piano auctions Irmler (c2004) A traditional style Studio 130 Model upright piano in a bright ebonised case, together with a matching stool. £2,500 – 3,500
19 Kawai (c2004) A Model 18E upright piano in a bright ebonised case. £1,000 – 1,500
20 piano auctions Steinway (c1883) A 6ft 11in Model B grand piano in a bright ebonised case on square tapered legs. This piano has been fully re-built. £15,000 – 20,000
21 piano auctions Bechstein (c1929) A 5ft 6in Model L grand piano in a mahogany case on square tapered legs. £2,000 – 3,000
22 piano auctions Kawai (c2000) A Model KX10 upright piano in a bright mahogany case. £600 – 800
23 piano auctions Piano Stool An adjustable piano stool. £40 – 60
24 Elysian (c2004) A 6ft grand piano in a bright mahogany case on square tapered legs, together with a stool. £2,000 – 3,000
25 piano auctions Steinway (c1902) A 5ft 10in Model O grand piano in a rosewood case on square tapered legs. £5,000 – 7,000
26 piano auctions Petrof (c1995) A Model 115T upright piano in a bright walnut case. £400 – 600
27 piano auctions Yamaha (c1967) A Model U3 upright piano in a bright ebonised case. £1,000 – 1,500
28 piano auctions Yamaha (c1989) A 5ft 7in Model G2 grand piano in a bright mahogany case on square tapered legs. £1,500 – 2,000
29 piano auctions Steinway (c1925) A Model K upright piano in a mahogany case, together with a red-leather top adjustable stool. £2,000 – 3,000
30 piano auctions Steinway (c1883) A 6ft 2in Model A grand piano in a bright ebonised case on square tapered legs. This piano has been fully re-built. £15,000 – 20,000
31 Feurich (c1986) A 5ft 8in Model 173 grand piano in a mahogany case on square tapered legs. £4,000 – 6,000
32 Yamaha (c1997) A Model P22 upright piano in a Colonial style case, together with a stool. £800 – 1,200
33 piano auctions Steinway (c1889) A 6ft 11in Model B grand piano in an ebonised case on turned ‘elephant’ legs. £3,000 – 5,000
34 piano auctions Bösendorfer (c1926) A 131 cm upright piano in a bright ebonised case. This piano was fully restored in 1990. £5,000 – 7,000
35 piano auctions Steinway (c1927) A 5ft 10in Model O grand piano in a mahogany case on square tapered legs. £7,000 – 9,000
36 piano auctions Yamaha (c1994) A Model U1 upright piano in a bright ebonised case together with a stool. £1,500 – 2,000
37 piano auctions Blüthner (c1920) A 5ft 8in Aliquot strung Model 6 grand piano in a rosewood case on square tapered legs. This piano was reconditioned by Blüthner in 1979. £1,500 – 2,000
38 Steinway (c1929) A Model O ex-pianola grand piano in a mahogany case on square tapered legs. £3,000 – 5,000
39 piano auctions Eavestaff A recent traditional style upright piano in a bright blue case, together with a matching upholstered bench. £600 – 800
40 piano auctions Steinway (c1919) A 5ft 10in Louis XV style Model O grand piano in a rosewood case together with a stool. This piano has been reconditioned. £8,000 – 12,000
41 piano auctions German Upright A German overstrung large upright piano in a walnut case with turned supports and inlaid front panels; together with a stool. This piano has been reconditioned £1,000 – 1,500
42 Bechstein A 6ft 8in Model B grand piano in a mahogany case with carved ornamentation to the body and lyre; on carved cabriole legs. £4,000 – 6,000
43 piano auctions Steinway (c1877) A 6ft 11in grand piano in a rosewood case on turned legs with a decorative fretworked music-desk. This piano has been re-conditioned. £7,000 – 9,000
44 piano auctions Blüthner (c1905) A 6ft 3in grand piano in a rosewood case on turned legs. £1,000 – 1,500
45 piano auctions Reid-Sohn (c2005) An upright piano in a traditional style mahogany case with inlaid front panels; together with a matching red-upholstered adjustable stool. £800 – 1,200
46 Steinway (c1923) An ex-pianola grand piano in a mahogany case on dual square tapered legs. £3,000 – 4,000
47 Zimmerman (c1985) A 4ft 8in grand piano in a bright mahogany case on cabriole legs, together with a brown-upholstered stool on cabriole legs. £1,000 – 1,500
48 Steinway (c1935) A Model V upright piano in a mahogany case together with a blue-upholstered piano stool. £1,500 – 2,000
49 piano auctions Blüthner (c1936) A 4ft 11in grand piano in an ebonised case on square tapered legs, together with a stool. £3,000 – 5,000
50 piano auctions Steinway (c1914) A 9ft concert grand piano in a bright figured rosewood case with a latticed music-desk on square tapered legs, together with a matching stool; the piano is fitted with a player system. This instrument was fully restored five years ago. £20,000 – 30,000
51 piano auctions Ed Seiler (c1996) A 130cm upright piano in a traditional style bright ebonised case. £1,500 – 2,000
52 piano auctions Piano stool A bright ebonised buttoned-top concert adjustable stool. £100 – 150
53 W Hoffmann by Bechstein (c2013) A Model T128 upright piano in a bright ebonised case: together with two upholstered stools. £5,000 – 7,000
54 piano auctions Steinway (c1914) A 5ft 10in Model O grand piano in a rosewood case on square tapered legs. £4,000 – 6,000
55 piano auctions * Blüthner A 6ft 3in grand piano in a bright ebonised case on turned legs. This piano has been fully restored. * VAT ON THIS LOT £1,500 – 2,000
56 piano auctions Steinway (c1970) A Model Z upright piano in a walnut case; together with an upholstered mahogany stool on cabriole legs. £2,500 – 3,500
57 piano auctions Bechstein (c1937) A 4ft 7in grand piano in a figured walnut case on square tapered legs. £3,000 – 4,000
58 piano auctions Yamaha (c2005) A Model P121N upright piano in a satin cherry case; together with a matching red-Dralon upholstered Tozer stool. £1,800 – 2,200
59 Steinway (c1900) A 6ft 2in Model A grand piano in an ebonised case on ‘elephant’ legs, together with a stool. £6,000 – 8,000
60 Bösendorfer (c1974) A 6ft 7in Model 200 grand piano in a bright ebonised case on square tapered legs. £14,000 – 18,000
61 piano auctions Bechstein (c1891) A 6ft 8in Model B grand piano in a bright ebonised case on turned legs. This piano has been fully restored. £5,000 – 7,000
62 piano auctions Steinway (c1914) A 6ft 6in ex-pianola grand piano in a re-polished mahogany case on square tapered legs; together with a stool. £2,000 – 4,000
63 Bösendorfer (c1924) A 130cm upright piano in an ebonised case, together with a stool. £3,000 – 4,000
64 piano auctions Bechstein (c1878) A 6ft 7in grand piano in a bright mahogany case on turned octagonal legs, together with a duet stool. This piano has been fully restored. £4,000 – 6,000
65 Steinway (c1905) A 5ft 10in Model O grand piano in a fiddleback mahogany case on square tapered legs; together with a stool. £8,000 – 12,000
66 piano auctions Ritter A recent Model 123 upright piano in a traditional ebonised case. £600 – 800
67 Blüthner (c1973) A 5ft 8in grand piano in an ebonised case on square tapered legs. £3,000 – 4,000
68 piano auctions Steinway (c1881) An upright piano in an ebonised case. £1,000 – 1,500
69 piano auctions Kemble (c1978) A 109cm modern style upright piano in a mahogany case, together with a duet stool. £600 – 800
70 piano auctions Steinway (c1902) A 6ft 2in Model A grand piano in a rosewood case on turned and fluted legs; together with a quilted cover and a brown leather-buttoned adjustable stool. This piano has been fully restored. £8,000 – 12,000
71 piano auctions Menzel An upright piano in a bright ebonised case. £300 – 500
72 Bechstein (c1901) A 6ft 8in grand piano in a rosewood case on turned octagonal legs. £1,500 – 2,000
73 piano auctions Lenz An upright piano in a bright ebonised case with turned keyboard supports. £300 – 500
74 piano auctions Steinway (c1919) A Vertegrand upright piano in an ebonised case together with a stool. £1,000 – 1,500
75 piano auctions Steinway (c1916) A 5ft 10in Model O grand piano in a satinwood art-case raised on carved dual-square tapered legs. (See front cover illustration) £10,000 – 15,000
76 piano auctions Blüthner (c1932) A 6ft grand piano in a mahogany case on square tapered legs, together with a stool. £1,500 – 2,000
77 Steinway (c1891) A 6ft 11in Model B grand piano in a bright ebonised case. This piano has been reconditioned. £6,000 – 8,000
78 piano auctions Yamaha (c2014) A Model NU1 Hybrid digital upright in a bright ebonised case, together with a matching stool. £1,500 – 2,000
79 piano auctions Steinway (c1897) A 6ft 11in Model B grand piano in a satin ebonised case on square tapered legs; together with a quilted cover and a leather-buttoned adjustable stool. This piano has been restored in the past. £8,000 – 12,000
80 piano auctions Kleitzman A 4ft 10in ‘baby’ grand piano in the Chinoiserie style with flowers and scenes on a rich golden yellow base raised on square tapered legs, together with a matching duet stool. (See back cover illustration) £1,000 – 1,500
81 piano auctions Bechstein, London (c1930s) A 4ft 6in grand piano in a mahogany case on square tapered legs. £2,500 – 3,500
82 piano auctions Steinway (c1912) A Model K upright piano in a rosewood case. £1,000 – 1,500
83 piano auctions Blüthner (c1900) A 6ft grand piano in a rosewood case on turned octagonal legs. £1,000 – 1,500
84 piano auctions Yamaha (c1995) A Model U1 upright piano in a bright ebonised case, together with a stool. £1,500 – 2,000
85 Steinway (c1969) A 5ft 7in Model M grand piano in a bright mahogany case on square tapered legs. £9,000 – 12,000
86 Piano Stool A button-top concert adjustable mahogany piano stool. £100 – 150
87 Yamaha (c1967) A 5ft 7in Model G2 grand piano in a bright ebonised case on square tapered legs. £1,500 – 2,000
88 Steinway (c1889) A 6ft ‘old style’ Model A grand piano in a rosewood case on turned and fluted legs. £4,000 – 6,000
89 piano auctions Ritter A recent Model 123 upright piano in a traditional ebonised case. £600 – 800
90 piano auctions Steinway (c1975) A 5ft 10in Model O grand piano in a bright dark-mahogany case on square tapered legs; together with a leather-top mahogany stool. £15,000 – 20,000
91 piano auctions Bösendorfer (c1971) A 7ft 6in grand piano in an ebonised case on square tapered legs, together with a leather-top matching stool. £10,000 – 15,000
92 piano auctions Alec Hodsdon (c1952) A spinet in a walnut veneer case on a trestle base with turned legs. The fascia inscribed, ALEC HODSDON LAVENHAM SUFFOLK FECIT ANNO MCMLII. £600 – 800
93 Weber (c2010) A traditional style upright piano in a bright ebonised case together with a stool. £700 – 900
94 piano auctions Yamaha (c2000) A 6ft 1in Model C3 grand piano in a bright ebonised case together with a matching adjustable stool. £5,000 – 7,000
95 piano auctions Number Plate ‘P14NOY’ Motor Vehicle Number Plate P14NOY NB There will be an additional charge by the DVLA for transferring ownership. The illustration is an interpretation of how the plate may look. It is the responsibility of the new owner to ensure the legality of the plate. £2,000 – 3,000
96 Fazer Festivo (c1986) An upright piano in a light wood case. £500 – 700
97 Steinway (c1906) A 5ft 10in Model O grand piano in a rosewood case on square tapered legs. £5,000 – 7,000
98 piano auctions J Levesque (c1840) A cabinet piano in a mahogany case with turned & reeded front supports, barrel fall and pleated front flanked by turned pillars. £400 – 600
99 piano auctions Broadwood (c1900) A Manxman upright piano in a mahogany, inlaid and ebony strung panelled cabinet, the interior veneered in maple. This piano was designed by Mackay Hugh Baillie Scott. £2,500 – 3,000
100 piano auctions Steinway (c1975) A 6ft 2in Model A grand piano in a mahogany case on square tapering legs. £10,000 – 15,000
101 Yamaha (c2007) A Model U3 Silent Series upright piano in a bright ebonised case. £2,500 – 3,500
102 piano auctions Yamaha (c2006) A 4ft 11in Model GB1 grand piano in a bright ebonised case on square tapered legs; together with a matching adjustable stool. £3,500 – 4,500
103 Yamaha (c1988) A 5ft grand piano in a bright mahogany case on square tapered legs. £2,500 – 3,500
104 piano auctions Blüthner (c1900s) A 6ft 4in fully restored grand piano in a rosewood case on turned fluted legs. £6,000 – 8,000
105 W Hoffmann (c2011) A recent Model T122 upright piano in a bright ebonised case. AMENDMENT Together with a matching stool. £3,000 – 5,000
106 piano auctions Kawai (c1994) A 6ft 1in Model G40N grand piano in a bright ebonised case on square tapered legs, together with a stool. £4,000 – 6,000
107 Bechstein (c1936) A 4ft 7in Model S grand piano in a mahogany case on square tapered legs. £2,500 – 3,000
108 piano auctions Yamaha (c2008) A 4ft 11in Model GB1 grand piano in an ebonised case on square tapered legs, together with a stool. £3,000 – 5,000
109 Schimmel (c2001) A Model 116S Silent Series upright piano in a bright ebonised case. £3,000 – 4,000
110 Steinway (c1960) A 6ft 2in Model A grand piano in a bright ebonised case on square tapered legs together with a stool. £12,000 – 18,000
111 Steinweg Nacht (c1902) A 6ft grand piano in an ebonised case on turned octagonal legs. £1,000 – 1,500
112 piano auctions Kawai (c1968) An upright piano in a mahogany case. £500 – 700
113 Blüthner (c1936) A 5ft 5in grand piano in a mahogany case on square tapered legs, together with a stool. £2,500 – 3,500
114 Kawai (c2005) A 7ft 6in Model RX7 grand piano in a bright ebonised case on square tapered legs. £8,000 – 12,000
115 piano auctions Steinway (c1965) A 5ft 1in Model S grand piano in a mahogany case on square tapered legs, together with a green-upholstered mahogany stool. £8,000 – 12,000
116 piano auctions Samick (c2004) A 4ft 11in Model SG150 ‘baby’ grand piano in a bright mahogany case on cabriole legs, together with a matching duet stool. £1,000 – 1,500
117 piano auctions Bechstein (c1913) A grand piano in a mahogany case on square tapered legs. £1,500 – 2,000
118 piano auctions Schiedmayer (c1924) A 5ft 11in grand piano in a mahogany case on turned legs. £1,200 – 1,800
119 piano auctions Bechstein (c1908) A 6ft Model A grand piano in a mahogany case on dual-square tapered legs, together with a stool. £1,500 – 2,000
120 piano auctions Steinway (c1989) A 5ft 10in Model O grand piano in a bright mahogany case on square tapered legs. £20,000 – 30,000
121 piano auctions Piano Stool A leather-top mahogany piano stool. £300 – 500
122 NO LOT
123 piano auctions Piano Stool A concert adjustable piano stool in a bright ebonised finish with buttoned leather top. £120 – 160
124 piano auctions Piano Stool A concert adjustable piano stool in a bright ebonised finish with buttoned leather top. £120 – 160
125 piano auctions Piano Stool A concert adjustable piano stool in a bright ebonised finish with buttoned leather top. £120 – 160
126 piano auctions Piano Stool A concert adjustable piano stool in a bright ebonised finish with buttoned leather top. £120 – 160
127 piano auctions Piano Stool A duet double adjustable piano stool in a bright ebonised finish. £180 – 220
128 piano auctions Piano Stool A duet double adjustable piano stool in a bright ebonised finish. £180 – 220
129 piano auctions Piano Stool A duet adjustable ‘concert’ piano stool in a bright ebonised finish, with a buttoned leather top. £150 – 200
130 piano auctions Piano Stool A duet adjustable ‘concert’ piano stool in a bright ebonised finish, with a buttoned leather top. £150 – 200
131 piano auctions Piano Stool A piano stool in a bright ebonised finish with storage under a button leather top. £130 – 160
132 piano auctions Piano Stool A piano stool in a bright ebonised finish with storage under a button leather top. £130 – 160
133 PLEASE REFER TO THIS SITE FOR AMENDMENTS AND NEW PICTURES UP UNTIL THE 16 APRIL 2015

PIANOS FROM THE COLLECTION OF PIERO LO FARO

Born in Genoa, Italy in 1928, Piero Lo Faro (pictured right) gained his diploma at the Conservatory in Genoa , and the `License de Concert et Virtuosite` in Geneva. He was then mentored by the composer Victor de Sabata.

Playing both as a soloist and with an orchestra, his repertoire focused particularly on impressionist music, and he was renowned for his interpretations of Debussy and Ravel, as well as Chopin, Liszt, Beethoven, Franck and Scarlatti. Lo Faro is in fact the only pianist who studied Ravel`s entire works, under de Sabata himself.

He played for the BBC, RAI, Suisse Romande, as well at the State Radio Orchestra of Germany. His performance of Ravel`s Concert for the Left hand, under the conduction of Aldo Ceccato in Brno in the 1990s, won him acclaim. He was awarded many accolades, including the Gold Medal from The University of Genoa.

We are privileged to be offering four of Piero Lo Faro’s pianos in our 10th April 2014 sale.

Steinway (c1986) A 9ft Model D grand piano in a bright ebonised case on square tapered legs. Estimate: £35,000 – 45,000

Bechstein (c1996) An 8ft 2in Model D grand piano in a bright ebonised case on square tapered legs. Estimate: £30,000 – 40,000

Steinway (c1989) A 6ft 11in Model B grand piano in a bright ebonised case on square tapered legs. Estimate: £25,000 – 35,000

Steinway (c1960) A 5ft 1in Model S grand piano in an ebonised case on square tapered legs. Estimate £9,000 – 15,000

With over 100 pianos already collected by G&R Piano Movers held in our warehouse ready for the auction and some very interesting pianos still to collect, this sale should provide pianos for all tastes and budgets. Rebuilt Yamaha pianos which look and sound great, could be a fantastic value purchase for the home. The highly regarded and very sought after Steinway Grand pianos will be available to purchase, several different models in various conditions will be on display to suit the discerning pianist, at least one of them is encased in a cabinet which is a beautiful work of art in itself.

Following the successful December auction and the growing interest, not only in Steinway pianos, but in all European pianos from our friends in China, we anticipate another increase in the piano export to China this year, the sought after pianos include Bechstein, Broadwood and Erard pianos, antique pianos and more recent models too. Piano Auctions London always have a good range of these piano makes and do generate a good deal of interest from Chinese Piano buyers along with piano buyers from the UK and Europe competing for the top markes. Whether it’s an inlaid Steinway Grand Piano, antique Broadwood piano or a reconditioned Yamaha Upright piano you buy, G&R will take care of it regardless of the make and value, please visit us at our desk at the Piano Auctions London on  April 11th for more information and a quote to move or ship your piano, some post-Easter chocolate ( if the diet permits) and the chance to get a limited edition G&R Music Bag with some more goodies inside for our valued customers.

We look forward to seeing you there, if you can’t make it and still want to buy please visit the website for details on how to buy at the Piano Auctions London www.pianoauctions.co.uk  without having to attend. If you contact us G&R Removals in advance or on the day of your purchase at the auctions, we will offer favorable rates and free storage in the event that you can’t pay on the day contact us at info@gandrremovals.co.uk

Please note – the offer of free storage is limited to 3 weeks from the day of the sale.
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Steinways! Steinways! Steinways! DECEMBER 2013

With a new upright piano costing in excess of £20,000, and a grand more than £40,000, it seems remarkable that you can still buy one in our auction for £1,000 and £4,000 respectively – albeit it they may be 100 years or so older – they’re still Steinways.

Piano shipping to China

PIANO SHIPPING TO CHINA

Following a record year in 2012 for piano shipping to China, surpassed again in 2013, we have shipped hundreds of pianos to China, as a result we have formed a partnership with a Shanghai Company to offer a brand new service D2D – door to door Europe to China piano transport and shipping with full destination services available in many Chinese locations, contact Lance@gandrremovals.co.uk (London office) and Franco@adp.com.cn (Shanghai office)

Together we specialise in transport and shipping of all Antique English, German and French pianos by Broadwood, Steinway, Bechstein, Bluthner and Erard with decorative inlaid cases and candelabras. Upright pianola pianos, antique cabinet pianos, square pianos and Forte Grand pianos for China. On one hand it is sad to see all those historical instruments exported forever from England to China, on the other hand they are off to a new home and appreciated more than they are here. Chinese piano buyers seek Steinway Bechstein and Bluthner Grand pianos, any model in any condition , it is a highly regarded status symbol and a mark of success to own a fine musical instrument too.

In return and by contrast, we have seen a significant increase in demand on last year for the Chinese built piano ‘Bentley’, particularly a brand new range of digital pianos to rival the top brands currently on the market. Following the success of their UK launch at Intermusic’s exhibition at the Institute of Directors in London’s Pall Mall we are operating a Nationwide distribution service to meet the growing demand for these Bentley digital pianos.
The UK piano export market remains strong and exciting as long as there will be a supply to feed the demand, how many pianos do we have on our Island tucked away in our living rooms or piano shops store rooms? With overseas piano buyers now looking further afield, in Italy, Spain, France and Germany we can provide a regular service to most European countries although the additional costs of European road transport makes these pianos a good deal more expensive for the buyer. Piano Trade Exports a UK based team of piano traders with English and Chinese speaking staff have been quick to seize the opportunity and have a huge range of pianos for sale, a number of serious Chinese buyers and regularly seek quality used pianos for their buyers, contact Kelly Zhang for more information on buying or selling pianos info@pianotradeexport.co.uk if you are a Chinese buyer and have concerns about getting your pianos through Chinese Customs, please contact us as we have a Chinese Customs expert based in Shanghai who can help, we can introduce you to a Chinese speaking UK based agent too for customs clearance advice and procedures in the UK and China.
We look for ward to the year ahead and increased volume of trade with piano buyers in China, do not hesitate to contact us on +44 20 8994 9733 for more advice and help on piano shipping or e-mail us info@gandrremovals.co.uk Thank you.

 

Some useful information for you should you visit the beautiful City of Shanghai.

Shanghai Weather & Climate

 

Tourist City

 

110.0527 million domestic tourists, earning 161.241 billion yuan

 

 

Historical Sites of Revolutionary Activities

 

 

Tourist Scenes

 

Since 1990, Shanghai has built a batch of landmark architectures that are known both at home and abroad. These buildings have become new tourist scenes in the city, reflecting its new appearances. They include the Bund — the symbol of Shanghai, the People`s Square which is known as a“city green lung,”the Orient Pearl Broadcasting and Television Tower, Jin Mao Tower, the Pedestrian Mall of Nanjing Road, Shanghai Museum, Shanghai Grand Theater and the Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Hall.

 

 

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Year of the Horse

A new Year is here and we’ve all survived 2012, the end of the world has come and gone – as did bird flu, swine flu, SARS and Y2K in previous years … Now what? The US has prevented their economy plummeting off the ‘Fiscal Cliff’, the Greek / Euro crisis which was rammed down our necks by the media during 2012 seems to have settled down a bit – maybe the wars / civil unrest in North Africa and the Middle East are now more interesting then the troubled Euro creating world economic devastation… who knows? Will 2013 bring better news all round … we’ll see. Year of the Horse apparently.
Closer to home and back to business, we experienced a great start to the New Year, we’ve added 2 new members of staff to our operational team Barry and Jacob, they are responding extremely well to training and have already experienced and assisted in many difficult piano deliveries with the piano teams.
Our new truck is due to arrive at the end of January, which we’re all looking forward to seeing, particularly George who will be taking charge of the keys of a brand new 18 tonne with a 10 metre temperature controlled body, riding on air suspension. Live satellite tracking systems and In-cab ‘Smart-Witness’ cameras will be fitted. This will also be equipped with 20 brand new, tailor-made, padded piano covers and All Terrain piano wheels among the other standard equipment carried by our trucks. This will be used for our growing UK and European market.
Intermusic Ltd held their annual exhibition at the Institute of Directors in London’s Pall Mall, it was extremely well attended and received by the UK’s leading piano dealers. Those I spoke to were cautiously optimistic of the forthcoming year despite having a quieter than usual Christmas. Of the 30 pianos on display were brand new ranges of digital pianos built by Pearl River in China – the World’s largest piano factory – through to the well regarded Bechstein and Hoffmann pianos, all tastes and budgets were catered for I was told. We completed the delivery and set-up of the exhibition in just over 2 hours with 10 staff, pausing only for coffee and a generous stack of bacon butties.
January has seen one 40′ container of pianos shipped to Shanghai with another 2 containers booked to go out from our warehouse – also to Shanghai. These will be on the sea during the Chinese New Year to arrive shortly afterwards. The antique piano business from the UK to China certainly seems to be buoyant with more Chinese buyers emerging all the time and growing interest in China for European pianos. Let’s hope we can meet the demand.
Taking this opportunity to wish all of our customers across the world, a very happy and prosperous 2013 – year of the horse – shame on you Tesco and Lidl!

Piano Transport Service – Quality Assurance

Sam Dean Lenny and Ward on a mission for Queen and Country

Sam Dean Lenny and Ward on a mission for Queen and Country

Following another rigorous audit by Quality Service Standards we are very proud to announce that we have been recommended to receive the prestigious Quality Assurance BS EN12522 certification for the 13th consecutive year for our Piano Transport service. Closely scrutinised by the Auditor and subsequently praised, was our staff training program and commitment to providing a safe working environment for our staff. He noted ‘the Company (G&R Ltd) can be commended for ensuring all staff are properly trained and instructed ..’ Including ‘practical, manual handling and piano moving instruction..’
He continued with praises for the focus we make on Health and Safety, the additional driver training we encourage our drivers to take and the appearance and condition of our trucks. Overall there were no ‘non-conformities’ whatsoever. This is not only reassuring for us but for all of our customers who have become accustomed to our high level of Piano Transport service, that we are not complacent and continue to strive for improvements in all areas of our business and Piano Transport service. Quality Assurance guaranteed!!!