When Moving Pianos, Brains meet Brawn

Friday, January 21, 2011

Bill Hennessy, the owner of Keyboard Express, has been moving pianos for 24 years and says the keys to tackling the ivories in New York City are parking skills and brain power.

"It's good to have strong guys from time to time but most of our work really takes more thought than anything," says Hennessy, stressing that piano moving relies on leverage and team work. "The majority of the time, if we are on a move, we don't even speak. Everyone has worked together for so long. We work well as a team."

Hennessy likes working with people. "Some people," says Hennessy, "their pianos are their lives. The piano is number one and everything else comes second." He has an old upright at home and although he doesn't play, his three kids all take piano lessons. "Two of them enjoy it. One doesn't like it at all. But two out of three ain't bad."

As with many things, experience has helped Hennessy become a better piano mover. It also helps to have common sense and to be able to take instruction. When you're on a difficult move, only one person can be in the lead.

"The toughest moves can be the most pleasurable to do because you have the right crew."


More in:

The WQXR e-newsletter. Show highlights, links to music news, on-demand concerts, events from The Greene Space and more.

Comments [7]

Anthony from Manhattan

These guys moved in my Steinway B and another piano out the same day a few years ago...they are the best.

Feb. 26 2011 04:46 PM
ellen from Manhattan

A quintessential New York face, voice and story. Glad to know such folks are still here, doing their jobs and keeping the city going.

Jan. 26 2011 07:10 PM
Suzie from Yorkville

I liked this segment. I might look for these guys... I am going to need to move an organ into a 5th floor walk-up...

Jan. 25 2011 08:18 PM
Kent Tritle

Bill and his guys are the best! Just amazing.

Jan. 24 2011 09:26 PM
Silversalty from Snowy Brooklyn

"It's not the thing you fling, it's the fling itself."


Jan. 21 2011 01:24 PM
Michael Meltzer

If you want to see how it's REALLY done, check out "The Music Box" with Laurel & Hardy.
You will split your sides laughing!

Jan. 21 2011 09:00 AM
Tim from Washington, DC

Nice movie, Amy!

Jan. 21 2011 07:41 AM

Leave a Comment

Register for your own account so you can vote on comments, save your favorites, and more. Learn more.
Please stay on topic, be civil, and be brief.
Email addresses are never displayed, but they are required to confirm your comments. Names are displayed with all comments. We reserve the right to edit any comments posted on this site. Please read the Comment Guidelines before posting. By leaving a comment, you agree to New York Public Radio's Privacy Policy and Terms Of Use.

Follow WQXR