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moving harpsichords, covid style

  • 1.  moving harpsichords, covid style

    Registered Piano Technician
    Posted 07-06-2020 14:52
    Hi All,

    As we continue to adapt in preparation for the fall school term, one riddle we have yet to solve is how to move harpsichords in a way that is consistent with physical distancing. At our school, it is often necessary for the harpsichord users to be the ones who have to move them.

    Since they are carried, I have attached the stands to the instruments, unlike their OEM (to avoid unpleasant surprises when putting the harpsichord down). The problem is that we usually have two people, shoulder-to-shoulder, at the keyboard end. How are we to lift and carry the harpsichord while observing proper physical distancing?

    Thanks for taking the time to help us (and others, no doubt!) think this through.


    Alan Eder, RPT
    Herb Alpert School of Music
    California Institute of the Arts
    Valencia, CA