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Baby Grand for our school!

Hello!  Our school has recently decided to give us money to buy a baby grand piano for our msuic department!!!  HOORAY!  I just have a couple of questions, as I am not knowledgable about pianos at all.
1)  We are looking at a Yamaha GC1.  I have read many reviews, and it seems like a good option for a school baby grand as it has a great sound and feel, and is not over the top expensive.
2) Storage and moving - The idea is that the piano is to be used for performances.  I would love to have it for regular use in my choir room, but it won't fit.  It will be stored in the band room, and used for some jazz band and concert band arrangements with piano.  However, we will have to move it to our theatre for all performances.  Is it safe to do this?  Is there a type of mounting system that can be used so that it is easy to move and the tuning will not be compromised?
 
Thank you for your input! 
on May 28, 2014 3:28am
The Yamaha C (Conservatory) series is a very good piano. You will be very happy with it.
 
If a grand piano is to be moved around, you will need to spend som money to purchase a piano dolly. For a grand, it is a y-shaped steel contraption. It has large wheels that move much easier than the small brass casters that come with the piano. Those casters are removed and the legs are bolted to the dolly. I have one for my church and I'm able to move the piano around in the sanctuary without help. without a dolly, moving a grand is expensive and dangerous. A dolly, which for a piano that size will cost between $500 and $600, will pay for itself once you move the piano twice.
 
Also, I would highly recommend getting a quilted piano cover to protect the finish as much as possible.
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on May 28, 2014 4:59am
While I would vote ANY Yamaha as a good-value workhorse, ANY «baby grand» can't cut-it as a performance accompaniment instrument.  In a room larger than  your band room its lack of resonance due to too-short strings actually places it lower on the «pleasing sound» scale that a good full-size upright.  The improved sight-lines of a «grand» are of course a huge convenience but given the DUAL use of the instrument you are considering I would push for at least a 5'6" or 5'8" «non-baby» grand.  Of course, funds available, a grand of 6ft-plus would be ideal for performance accompaniment and useful for rehearsals as well with the top closed. 
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