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JulieKay
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Now that I've been here a while, I'm thinking about shipping my piano over from Texas. It's an upright, 48" tall.

I've done some searching on here and haven't found a good answer to these two questions - if anyone can recommend:

1) A shipper who can get it here in one piece? Understanding I'll have to figure out how to get it to port and all. It would be nice if I could ship from Galveston instead of Miami, but may not be possible. If I found a shipper who could handle the entire transaction from Texas door-to-St. Croix door, even better.

2) Does anyone have advice for keeping a piano on STX with the humidity? I'm sure I'll have to have it tuned more often - any recommendations for tuners on island (if there is one)? I've read about people replacing the hammers with special ones - any advice?

I really love this piano and want to have it here, but if the logistics are too much of a challenge/expense then I'll have to sell it and buy one on island. 🙁 But I'm really hoping I can bring mine.

Thanks everyone!

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poorthang
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Julie...think of your piano like this.....the Piano would say .."how could you do this to me"!!You inner voice is correct tooo much risk for permanent damage. jmo:-)

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JulieKay
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Yes, I know. It's not a valuable antique, just mine. 🙂 I do miss it though!

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OldTart
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From what I've heard over the years the climate can be pretty rough on a piano, and the upkeep hard (even if you can find a tuner) and it can't be an inexpensive proposition to ship it down, either. And then when you go back to the mainland, shipping is such a hassle and apparently more expensive thattaway than thisaway! Could a simple electronic keyboard keep you going? I know it's not the same but ...

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gonetropo
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JulieKay,

Well, I would leave it as we did. Unless you keep in the A/C, it will lose it's tune frequently and you would be lucky to find a tuner, as OldTart says. You can't afford to run the A/C here so just leave it in Texas and purchase a portable electric piano for here.

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