Piano Recycling

Piano Moving

Piano Moving

If you want to move it yourself, I strongly suggest that you read my e-book first. There is a right way and a wrong way to move a piano. Get smart first so you don’t wreck the piano, the floor, and yourself. Before thinking you will save a lot of money by doing it all yourself, take a look at the videos on the page “The Wrong Way To Move a Piano,” and then download my e-book “How To Move a Piano By Yourself with the Wrong Equipment

The first section describes how to move a piano with the correct equipment, such as dollies, skid boards and ramps. The second section suggests ways of moving a piano on stairs, around tight corners, on hills, grass or gravel, types of trucks, and other situations, using whatever is available at the time. The third section is a collection of unusual and amusing stories of actual piano moves.

“How To Move a Piano by Yourself with the Wrong Equipment” is available for immediate on-line purchase at https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/641556

“How To Move a Piano by Yourself with the Wrong Equipment”
is available for immediate on-line purchase at https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/641556

If you are in the greater Seattle area and you would like your piano hauled away, 
call Dean at (206) 324-5055.

Old Pianos Hauled Away

Piano hauling, piano removal, piano recycling, piano salvage:

  • Moving? Out of time?
  • Don’t know what to do with your old piano?
  • Do you need some extra space and don’t need a piano that no one plays? Do you want to get rid of an unused piano, but you don’t want it to go to the landfill?

You have come to the right place. I haul away old pianos. Why?
I am a piano recycler. I can’t stand seeing pianos being thrown in the dump. I would rather have them remain functional in the world and to be used in some form. Read on.

Email, call, or text Dean Petrich at (206) 324-5055, or petrich@whidbey.com.
We need to know what type of piano you have (spinet/console/upright/grand), what city the piano is in, how many steps are involved for the move, and your time-line for us to show up.
Within about 24 hours, you should receive a call from Chad, in Lima, Peru, to discuss timing and any other details about the move.
On the appointment date, Joe the truck driver will call ahead to let you know when he and his helper will arrive to pick up your piano. He will ask for cash.

Greater Seattle area: King County, Pierce County, Snohomish County, Island County
Outside Seattle (south of Renton, east of Sammamish, north of Everett) the price goes up. The farther the distance, the more the price rises incrementally. Longer distances are negotiable.

How Much:
Greater Seattle Area:
– Spinets and consoles: $400 cash 
– Upright pianos: $440 cash 
– Grand pianos: $500 cash 

  • Additional charges:
    For more than three steps, add $50 to the base price.
    For more than ten steps, add $100.
    For unusual terrain, such as hills, rough terrain like grass or gravel, tilted slopes, extremely tight corners, tedious obstacles or severely inclement weather, add another $50.
    For long distances, call to discuss options outside the greater Seattle area.

Our pick-ups are on weekends, with occasional exceptions. Call ahead to schedule.

Where Do These Pianos Go?

Your Friend
Of course, absolutely the best option is for you to find a new local owner for your piano. Ideally, it should go to a good friend who will enjoy it, take care of it, and carry on the joy of playing it in your memory. The piano will be preserved, and you will know where it ended up.

Lima, Peru
Share your piano with an appreciative new owner. We ship used pianos to a store in Lima, Peru, where they are sold to new happy owners.

South America is like the United States in the 1950’s when everyone wanted a piano and was eager to learn to play. Chad is selling a piano a day from his store and is considering opening a second store. These pianos are delivered all over Peru.

We haul pianos from the greater Seattle area to a holding area in Everett until we have enough to ship to South America. When the pianos arrive there, they are repaired, displayed in the store, and ultimately delivered to new happy owners.

While you have several choices of what to do with your unwanted piano, hopefully the last resort would be to haul it to the landfill. Instead, consider these options:
– pass your piano on to a local friend who will appreciate it
– have us ship it to Lima, Peru
– dismantle the best parts and turn your piano into art or something useful. This web site https://www.PianoRecycling.org is full of ideas, and there are even more ideas not shown here. Be creative.

Happy home
Locally on Whidbey, if it plays, it will be given away for free.
I would rather have these pianos played and appreciated than to watch them sit in storage or fall apart in the weather. My goal is to give new life to these period instruments and to put them back into the world again, so that they can continue to please, inspire, and enhance lives.
Due to Covid, I am no longer hauling pianos locally, and I am giving away the remaining few I have. The rest I have shipped to Peru.

If it needs work, one of four things will happen to it:
Restored and recycled into the world as a playing instrument
Given away for free as-is
Dismantled and salvaged for parts
Converted into art pieces

If you want to do this yourself:
There is one other option for your piano, and that is to turn it into something else.
Consider this option if you do not want to pay to have it hauled away, yet you do not want it thrown out.
Think what it could become: a piece of furniture, a work of art, or a practical useful item in your house.

I have donated twenty pianos to schools in Cambodia, ten pianos to schools in Viet Nam, two pianos to Zambia, and hundreds to Peru. If you know anyone locally who wants a piano, please let me know. I am always looking for outlets for these pianos: starving musicians, foster children beginning piano lessons, artists who would like an endless supply of piano parts, metal sculptors, and wood workers who are looking for old-growth wood and unusual pieces, school art classes, or projects for people with nothing else to do.