We have been proud to partner with Music For Everyone (MFE) for the last couple years to promote music in the Lancaster area. Every year MFE places around a dozen painted pianos on the streets of Lancaster. The process goes like this. Mt. Everest spends most of the year collecting pianos and taking them to a warehouse where they are stored until they can be painted. In the spring, we deliver them to local artists where they are painted. Each artist uses his imagination, and some of their designs are pretty crazy! Here is an example of one that we moved recently:
After the artists are done, we put the pianos out on the streets for people to play. In all, we move each piano three or four times during this process. We can't wait to help keep this tradition alive in 2016!
This month Elizabethtown College decided to replace the Yamaha C7 (7'6" grand piano) on the second floor of their chapel:
The only problem was that the piano would not fit in the elevator. So we took this 900lbs piano up the stairs! The pictures speak for themselves:
Getting this replacement piano up the stairs was only half the job. After positioning the new piano, we brought the old C7 down the stairs and took it to a restoration shop.
We would like to say a special thanks to Carr's Piano Service for coordinating this move!
One branch of our business is moving organs. Recently we delivered a brand-new organ to Sacred Heart of Jesus Church in Cornwall, PA. The church decided to put the organ on the balcony. Predictably, the only access to the balcony was a tight stairway. It took four men and one hour of time to carefully lift the organ up the stairs.
This month we had an interesting pick up in Rehoboth Beach, DE. Part of the problem was that this grand piano was on the second floor. The other part of the problem was that the stairway had a tight landing half way down. We carefully negotiated the hardwood stairs and tight landing. When we left, the stairs were unscratched and the piano was safely in our truck.
Our farthest delivery of the month was in Buffalo, NY. The piano that we delivered was a family heirloom that we picked up in York, PA. We picked it up last month and finally had time to deliver it a few weeks later.
This month we also partnered with C.J.'s Pianos to make a concert possible at The Kimberton Inn. The Kimberton Inn is located near Phoenixville, PA. This month they hosted three classical music concerts. For each concert we moved in the large grand piano that they rented from C.J.'s Pianos. Since they did not want the piano to stay at the inn between concerts, we moved it back to the store after each event. That means we moved it a total of six times this month!
Weighing in at 1100lbs, this safe was a real monster. With things this size, moving does not depend on strength, it depends on equipment. A few good tools can change the task from a foot-crushing nightmare to a routine exercise. Equipped with the right tools, two of our men were able to move this safe to the customers new home without even breaking a sweat.
We asked the owner why he had bought such a big safe when, so far, he only had a few guns. He told us that he knew a lot of people who had bought a smaller safe, and then had to invest in a second safe as their collection grew. His advice: Buy a big one right away! This advice is sound. And now you don't need to worry about moving it because Mt. Everest Moving Co. will always be here to help!
We were proud to partner with Snyder's Piano Service this month to restore a Steinway grand piano for Bucknell University. We transported the piano to Snyder's shop where it is receiving extensive restoration. Bucknell is situated along the Susquehanna River in Lewisburg, PA. Lewisburg is about two hours north of our base in Lancaster, PA, and the scenery is beautiful at this time of year. We will look forward to doing this route again in a few months when the restoration is complete!
Our biggest job this month was a delivery to Kittery, ME. The piano was a mammoth upright player that we picked up in Jonestown, PA last month. A mother was transferring it to her daughter in Maine. When we got to Kittery, we found that the piano was to wide to bring directly through the front door and into the music room. No problem! We flipped the piano on end, so that we could slide it down a hallway and enter the room from a different door.
Along the way to Maine, we had stops in Connecticut and Massachusetts. Both were interesting deliveries. In Connecticut we eased a mid-sized upright down a spiral staircase. In Massachusetts, we delivered a baby grand piano to the top floor of a split-level. Sometimes slit-level houses have a ground level entrance in the back, but not this one. It was a real test of our two-man crew to slide it up to the first floor, but we succeeded. We enjoy these long trips, but it is always nice to get home again. We spent the rest of the month catching up with local moves.
Our sales team is back on the road again! This time we are meeting up with piano technicians from all over the east coast. Technicians spend years building relationships with piano lovers and their pianos. They are experts in the industry, and earning their trust is one of our top priorities. So we got a booth at the Piano Technicians Guild convention in Philadelphia, PA.
Getting the mountain that we use for a backdrop into hotels is always a challenge, and this time was no exception. We tried three doors before we found one that it could fit through. Once inside the mountain is always a hit. Below is a picture of our top salesman Seth Gatusso posing with it:
And it was a success! We made a lot of new friends, and learned even more about how to serve our customers well. As an added bonus, we got some valuable new clients. We will look forward to returning next year!
This month, we broke the record for our farthest westward trip with a pick up in Novelty, OH. Unfortunately, the weather is not quite as reliable as our equipment. We spent much of the trip dodging snow plows and trying to keep the windshield clean. But in spite of all the snow, we were able to place the grand piano safely in our client's home in Selinsgrove, PA later that day. Then, after nearly getting stuck in her driveway, we headed for home.
As if one wasn't enough, a few days later we broke the record for the farthest eastward move ever with a delivery to Atlantic City, NJ. This time it was an organ. The organ was a family heirloom, and we were glad to help safely pass it on to the next generation. This time the weather was great, and all we had to watch out for were those New Jersey drivers!