Piano Auction – Yamaha Steinway Bechstein Erard pianos for sale

Only one month away from the next London Piano Auctions, we look forward to meeting all our existing and potential new customers there, as usual Vicky will have sweets and gifts to give away.
We have almost 100 pianos ready for transport to the piano auctions with a few still to collect, I’m sure there’s a piano to suit all budgets and tastes, with reconditioned Yamaha Upright pianos which look (almost) as good as new, plenty of Bechstein and Steinway pianos for the discerning pianists (with bigger budgets) antique and modern pianos too.
The Piano Auctions will be held at the Conway Halls, Red Lion Square, Holborn, London, for more details and catalogue visit www.pianoauctions.co.uk
With the usual attaractions of Steinway pianos, Yamaha pianos and various antique pianos for sale, the interest will be huge.
Watch this space for more piano auction news. Hope to see you all there.

Post Piano Auction ..

Wow – what a great sale, what a great attendance from the Great British piano trade and how well they shopped! The reconditioned Yamaha Upright pianos proved to be very popular as were the always sought after Steinway pianos – and not only bought by the British, some very interesting pianos will now be shipped abroad. Surprisingly not as many of the antique pianos were bought by the Chinese piano buyers as were anticipated, they aimed for Steinway and Bechstein Pianos, both very well respected European piano makers of course. This does support the evidence of growing interest in China for all good European products, not only pianos but cars, clothing, watches and accessories too and who can blame them really? This does also emphasise that you cannot substitute quality for price, no matter where you are in the world and what it is you do, or what you want to purchase. However the Piano Auctions do offer the opportunity to get the best of both, there are great pianos at really affordable prices. G&R Removals have the same principle, to provide a good value service.

piano shipping UK

G&R Specialist Piano Movers are happy to announce a brand new piano shipping service from the UK to China. Having established links for piano shipping in UK China and beyond, customs clearance, handling and distribution of pianos in  China, we can now offer a door to door piano shipping service for all our trade clients and now private Chinese buyers too. (We have established links for piano shipping, UK China and many other worldwide destinations including the US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand with professional moving companies as long term partners of G&R) Our UK to China service is relatively new but we have been working to improve this service for 3 years now.
Initial hurdles such as negotiating with Chinese customs to agree the import valuations and establish a database of values for European pianos  have been overcome. We have agents at Shanghai port who work closely with our Customs Broker and handling agents to agree the pianos value. This avoids lengthy and costly delays in storage. Our agents liaise directly with the Chinese Customs and the valuation specialists on our clients behalf. We have established new delivery relationships with professional movers across China with main offices in Shanghai and Beijing for all trade and private piano shipping UK China.

We believe we are the first and only UK based specialist piano moving Company to provide this specialist piano transport & shipping service to China, opening the door to probably the worlds largest and fastest growing consumer market, the opportunities are immense. Please contact us if you would like more information on piano shipping, packing, transport or destination services across the world or if you would like any further information on piano shipping to other locations. Visit our contact page on our website www.gandrremovals.co.uk or please call us on +44 1753 589080 we are waiting for your call and would love to hear from you.

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

G&R Removals – The Piano Movers were asked by the Bluthner Piano Centre in London, to deliver a Bluthner Grand Piano to the ‘Shard’ in London, Western Europe’s tallest building (designed by Renzo Piano). The views from the 58th floor were spectacular and inspirational, the photos taken by our during the piano delivery do not justify the view, see the link below or visit the building if you can.
The delivery to the Shard was made under tight security and with careful planning, safety equipment had to be worn at all times and timing had to be strictly adhered to. Other than that it was like a normal London Piano move. Our highly trained piano moving team were selected to transport the Bluthner piano from the Bluthner piano centre in London and transport it to the Shard, they knew security would be tight and they received a security briefing prior to delivery. Delivery, luckily, was by use of the lifts, the Bluthner piano fitted in well along with our piano moving team. The delivery was fairly straight forward from a technical point of view but extraordinary from a scenic point of view. All of the crew were amazed at the view and wondered who the lucky pianist was who would eventually be able to play this Bluthner piano, gazing across the river, the London skyline and beyond (on a clear day), it must be truly inspiring to play the piano when you’re up with the gods as it were.

Are there any other higher pianos in Europe? We are not so sure, if any readers of this know of a higher piano in Europe or know of one, we would love to hear from you and see the photos too.

Have a look at the views of London at the link below… Up with the gods

Music China

Music China 2016

Full list of exhibitors from the UK (source of information – Musikmesse)

United Kingdom ABRSM E3D34
United Kingdom Aerodrums W2C42
United Kingdom Alliance Brass Ltd W1B31
United Kingdom Boosey & Hawkes Music E3B11
United Kingdom British Drum Co Ltd W2D41
United Kingdom Burns London Guitars W5E62
United Kingdom The Clarke Tinwhistle Co W1A34
United Kingdom Denis Wick – London W1B31
United Kingdom Tokai Guitars Europe W4C24
United Kingdom Faber Music E3D40
United Kingdom Faith Guitar W3A15
United Kingdom Hiwatt Electronics Ltd W4C28
United Kingdom J&A Beare E3C58
United Kingdom John Packer Ltd W1E52
United Kingdom The Music Sales Group Ltd E3F32
United Kingdom Paxman Musical Instruments Ltd W1B35
United Kingdom Edition Peters E3D40
United Kingdom RSL Awards E3D32
United Kingdom The Sound Post Ltd E4B11
United Kingdom Tido (UK) Ltd E3D40
United Kingdom Trevor James W1B37
United Kingdom Trinity College London Press E3D48
United Kingdom Warwick Music Group W1A32

26 – 29 October 2016, Shanghai

G&R Removals – will be attending again this year with our Chinese and European partners and are extremely proud to announce that we are carrying out seafreight and airfreight shipments from the UK to the Music China show this year, for many UK Exhibitors.

Latest from Musikmesse –

Be spoilt for choice with an incredible range of music products at Music China, the largest fair of its kind in Asia! The fair ended on a high note in 2015, featuring 1,782 exhibitors and suppliers from 30 countries and regions, welcoming over 80,000 visitors from around the globe.

Celebrating its 15th edition, Music China 2016 will further be expanded to 10 exhibition halls (up to 113,000 sqm), bringing to you the latest market’s favorites in a more spacious and specialized setting. Apart from bringing in the up-and-coming products, diversified fringe programs will be held to cater for different needs. Renowned speakers will share their insights on a variety of topics and tips on growing your business. From master classes to industry forums, from traditional music appreciation to the never-ending music live shows, be sure to stop by one of the amazing events!

Plan now to experience the unexpected. We are looking forward to welcoming you at Music China!


Up to date information from Music China – reasons to visit? Find out for youselves..

As Asia Pacific’s largest sourcing venue for the music industry, Music China offers an extensive range of musical instruments and accessories from traditional Chinese instruments to western orchestral and classical items to rock – everything from acoustic, electronic, western or Chinese.

The exhibition, held in Shanghai’s NEW EXPO Centre in Pu Dong – China’s most exciting and cosmopolitan city, attracts thousands of musician, retailers, dealers, distributors and agents from China and the rest of the world. Not only for pianos, for all Musical Instruments

As the primary sourcing show for the region, at Music China you can discover the latest products from the world’s biggest and best-known music companies as well as networking for new business opportunities.


Why visit

◾Meet more than 1600 manufacturers and suppliers from all over the world.
◾Source over thousands innovative products under one roof.
◾Learn the smart tips from industry peers from stock control to new business era development.

Report from previous Music China shows-
Music China 2012
Just back from the fast-paced, buzzing Metropolis that is Shanghai, the host city of Music China. At the Shanghai New Exhibition Expo Centre in PuDong, participants from the Worlds Music Industry descended with excitement, anticipation and optimism.
Representing G&R – The Piano Movers, my interest mainly focused on the piano hall, E.1, with impressive displays from all European Piano Makers, Bechstein, Bluthner, Fazioli, Bosendorfer and Steinway evidently making great efforts to showcase their pianos in Shanghai. The Chinese piano manufacturers equal in their efforts to impress and evidently passionate about their business, with innovative designs and exciting ideas.
As the days passed, the halls were swarming with buyers and traders from all over Asia, the Piano Auctions Ltd stand was continuosly mobbed by buyers of antique European pianos for the Chinese and Asian market. It presented a great opportunity to meet existing customers who I hadn’t met before and attach their faces to the names, likewise potential new clients with requests for shipping pianos from the UK and Europe to China. Our only hurdle was clearing pianos through Chinese Customs, which was resolved in a meeting with the Chinese authorities on Friday who seemed to be co-operative and accomodating. This news was not only good for us, but for all Chinese piano buyers and suppliers alike. With our agents able to to clear customs in Shanghai and arrange full destination services, a new door has been opened for UK and European pianos into China.
I have to say the atmosphere at Music China was matched only by the excitement of the Shanghai nightlife. Great Show, great City and great opportunities
Well done Music China. See you next year.

Music China 2012, jointly organized by China Music Instruments Association (CMIA), INTEX Shanghai and Messe Frankfurt (HK), came to a successful close in Shanghai New International Expo Center, on 14th Oct. Since its first show in Shanghai in 2002, Music China has grown to be the greatest music festival in Asia-pacific region and has won much international compliments. Every year, it attracts tens of thousands of musical dealers, professional buyers, musicians and educators and is highly praised by leaders of China Light Industry Federation, Ministry of Culture, Department of Commerce, Shanghai Culture and Broadcasting Bureau, etc.


About Exhibitors


Though amid the gloom of global economic growth, enthusiasm to Music China 2012 of exhibitors home and abroad still maintained high. Show space amounted to 86,000 square meters, with 1,606 exhibitors coming from 30 countries and regions, 13% more than last year. Both of them have surpassed our expectation. Especially, the number of exhibitor delegations grew to 11, renewing the record. Amongst the exhibitors are many famous brands in the music business today, including Pearl River, Hsinghai Piano, KHS, Parsons, Yamaha, Steinway, Roland, AXL, Kawai, etc. Music China is now widely recognized as one of the largest gatherings in the international MI industry.


Traditional Chinese instrument has long been a distinction of Music China. In order to upgrade the overall image, we paid great efforts on the area’s design and decoration by first organizing all traditional Chinese instrument exhibitors in a same pavilion, standardizing the decoration and zoning in different colors. Thanks to the great effects, it appeals a folk music fervor in 2012. The popularity of the pavilion also showed the prosperity of traditional Chinese music.


About Visitors


Altogether 60,172 visitors home and abroad have been attracted to Music China 2012, an increase of 15.3% than last year. Influenced by the economic slowdown and political instability of western countries, number of the foreign visitors has edged down to 3,245. Yet the domestic music market was quite active, national visitors, especially professional visitors, including musical dealers, art groups, music colleges, cultural institutions, increasing grandly, thanks to China’s Culture Development Policy and organizer’s effective promotion. The show time coverage of weekends also boosted the great popularity of the show.


In order to further advance the healthy and prosperous development of MI industry, we continuously strengthened the promotion to domestic professional visitors by setting detailed visitor database, analyzing and promoting specifically. More qualified programs, such as meetings and seminars, have also attracted numbers of professional buyers. Music China 2013 should not be missed by any pro-active Music professional.

Liberace Piano

G&R Removals have collected a piano owned and played by Liberace which will be auctioned on the 20th September at the London Piano Auctions for more details visit the Piano Auctions Website

This is a unique piano with a totally wacky design and synonymous with Liberace’s well known extravagance. Luckily it can be dismantled for ease of handling. There just needs to be a wacky and slightly eccentric Pianist out there to enjoy /add to their collection / impress friends and neighbours ….. The Liberace piano will be on view from Tuesday 18.09.12 at the London Piano Auction at Conway Hall Red Lion Square in London’s Holborn.

Update – Good news – The Liberace piano sold to a fan of the great Liberace and remains in the UK. This was a big surprise as most people had earmarked this for the Chinese Piano Market.

Indeed there was no lack of interest from the Chinese Piano buyers however, the Liberace fan stuck to his guns, kept his nerve and out-bid the Chinese to keep the piano.

G&R Removals were contracted to transport the piano from the auctions to the discerning gentleman’s home in the North West of England, where it remains to this day as far as we know.

Anyone else got a Liberace Piano for Sale ?

Liberace Piano

Pianos to China and Korea

Last week at G&R Removals – the specialist piano movers, our expert packers wrapped over 60 pianos ready for export to Asia, mainly pianos to China and Korea, to meet the rising demand for European pianos in Asia. Most will be shipped by sea into Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong or Seoul in containers this week and next, but we have sent pianos 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. To pack correctly for airfreight all pianos to China and Korea  it is of vital importance that the grand piano can be laid flat inside the aircraft’s hold as it stands too high once packed and cased and sitting on the side. At G&R we carefully wrap the piano in a cushion-wrap made for export packing and providing additional protection than just paper products, which often get wet through condensation and changes in humidity during the freight process and are rendered totally useless upon arrival causing damage to the casework of the piano. The piano also must be suspended inside the case to keep the ‘belly’ of the piano free from the base of the case. Our timber cases are tailor built to accomodate each piano and they are constructed from approved timber in order to meet the International Shipping regulations on the use of timber packaging  in export, they are heat treated in order to get rid of any unpleasant pests or diseases prior to shipping pianos to China or Korea. Most other countries across the world have signed up to this agreement in order to stop the spread of pests. Anyway, back to the packaging of pianos, the cases are then clearly marked with internationally recognised symbols in order to keep the pianos inside the cases dry, safe and in good condition. Please visit our website to contact us for any piano shipping by air or by sea. We would love to hear from you.



Moving the Berlin Symphony Orchestra – temperature controlled transport service

The Konzerthaus Berlin insisted on a temperature controlled transport at all times of 20C. We sent our 16.5M custom-built, temperature-controlled trailer to carry out the tour, we couldn’t collect the instruments until 17.00 on a Sunday in Berlin, so due to the weekend driving restrictions imposed on trucks in Europe our ‘poor driver’ Robert had to spend the whole weekend in Berlin, sightseeing and ‘bird-watching’ (according to him) we had no idea he was such a keen Ornithologist.  Robert has also fitted his truck with Satellite TV and DVD player should he need to keep track of the football and a cooker and fridge to keep clear of motorway food.

With the imposing 1000+ kms drive from Berlin to Nottingham, Robert drove throughout Sunday night to Monday morning in order to meet the deadline for arrival at the first venue in Nottingham on Tuesday. It is of paramount importance that we arrive in plenty of time to meet the musicians, unload for the afternoon rehearsal. The first concert is always nerve racking for the tour operators IMG Artists, the Orchestra’s musicians and for us, the first nights concert was ultimately a success and the nerves had settled a little from then on.

The tour then took him across the UK from Perth to Belfast to London and Cardiff over the month, each time making the deadlines with time to spare.

We look forward to welcoming the Berlin Orchestra back to the UK next year of course using our temperature controlled transport service