From THE MOVER magazine
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G&R Removals delivers hundreds (thousands) of pianos every year, but when musician and piano enthusiast Harvey Bowden purchased a Steinway Concert Grand piano from the London Piano Auctions and contacted G&R for the Concert Grand delivery to his home in Trelawne Cornwall, the company had to use all its experience and ingenuity to get it to its new home safely. Along with some useful lifting equipment.
Harvey’s house is on the top of a cliff overlooking the sea and access using the narrow steps from the beach was impossible.
After negotiating the narrow streets around Trelawne the G&R crew successfully reached a concrete slipway at the foot of the cliff and arranged for a boat crane and gantry to lift the precious piano over the sea wall onto a terrace, before finally maneuvering it down a passageway into the music room.
Clive Pinkham of Pinkham Pianos who sourced the Steinway for Harvey said, “The piano went into Trelawne very smoothly.
G&R Removals were great. We all waited for a gap in the rain showers and then got to it. They manhandled it across the sea wall and then fitted the lifting strops. The boat crane lifted her up onto the deck and then the temporary chain hoist on a gantry lifted her up over the wall and into the passageway. A quick push and she was in.”
Temperature control for perfect pianos
by Marianne Lee | Aug 28, 2012
G&R Removals’ custom built truck for moving pianos.
G&R Removals has just taken delivery of this Renault Midlum 1,200 cu ft, 12 tonne, with a seven-man crew cab, rear closure cantilever tail lift and temperature-controlled body, built by Essex Bodies Ltd.
Lance said: “We replaced an older crew cab vehicle that was only Euro 3 emissions standard and it was not cost-effective to retro fit a filter to it. We ordered this in January from Renault trucks and gave the chassis cab to Essex Bodies in April. They custom-build our trucks to a specific standard which must include a temperature control system for the carriage of pianos during winter months, particularly those destined for concerts and rehearsals. A rear-closure cantilever tail lift is now fitted as standard, Essex Bodies do pay great attention to detail and work alongside us with new ideas and suggestions. Air suspension for the reduced turbulence in transit is standard on all our trucks, and a crew-cab for when we have work needing four men or more.”
Dean Fisher is the appointed driver and foreman, he has worked for G&R for over 12 years. He’s obviously very pleased with his new vehicle and, at the time of going to press, was driving around France trying to avoid narrow lanes so he won’t scratch the paintwork on overhanging bushes and shrubs.
G&R has also recently placed an order for an 18 tonne DAF Space Cab for international and long distance work, due in December.