This week it finally happened. We had sold our piano and were buying another one from a friend who had already moved back to the USA.
On Tuesday afternoon the switch was made. Fortunately (for the four piano movers) it all happened in the same neighborhood.
First they came to my place - Building 16- and carefully carried my piano down TWO flights of stairs, put it on a wheeled cart and rolled it all the way across to Building 3. Our friends live on the FIFTH floor and have a narrow stairwell, but on the phone the movers assured her that it could be done. It took 30 minutes for them to carry the 600+pound piano up to the fifth floor apartment. As soon as they set it down, they collapsed on the floor exhausted. (that's what my friend's housekeeper recounted)
Then they headed downstairs, back to Building 19 where the piano I had bought was located on the SECOND floor. They proceeded to move that piano down two flights, and then up two flights to my SECOND floor apartment.
They were young strong Chinese men - and I was impressed with their stamina and endurance !!! That was A LOT of work ! I wish I'd given them more than the small fee they had quoted earlier. But, they smiled as they walked out the door......XIE XIE....Zai Jian !
All in a day's work !