How do you move a 9-foot concert grand piano from the third floor of an old mansion? Gingerly, and with a crane.

It took workers from Allied Piano Movers of Cleveland and the Frank Lucco Co. Inc. on Monday morning about an hour and fifteen minutes to wrap the 1981 Steinway Model D concert grand piano (after taking the cover and legs off), take it out a third-floor door to a flat roof/patio and use a crane to lift it in the air and safely to the ground.

The piano is being moved to the new home of the former Steinway Hall, which relocated last July to Boston Heights and is now called Steinway Piano Gallery Cleveland.

When the piano, which has an interested buyer and is worth $74,900, was finally on solid ground, Catherine Good Brulport, vice president, chief operating and financial officer of Steinway Piano Gallery Cleveland, heaved a sigh of relief.

Tracy Sardiga, manager of Allied Piano Movers, said the move was one of the more difficult for her and her staff. It was probably one of the heaviest ones, she said, at about 1,000 pounds.

“It’s a big stinker,” she said.

Sardiga said the crews were worried about making a tight turn in the third-floor recital hall before getting the piano onto the flat-top patio. Then crews had to take a few tries to make sure the piano was balanced on the straps that were attached to the crane.

“The hoisting isn’t as hard,” she said.

Sardiga said these days, most of the pianos the company moves go out of front doors or basements, not upper level windows or doors.

The piano, built in 1981 and appointed to Brulport’s father, Ted Good, in 1983 when he became a Steinway dealer, was part of the NY Steinway Concert & Artists Department inventory provided for use by touring pianists who only play on Steinway pianos.

The piano has been in residence in the third floor of the former Steinway Hall at the corner of Buchtel Avenue and East Market Street since 1991, when it was hoisted up to the third floor windows with a crane (the piano was too large to maneuver the turns in the 1906 mansion’s staircases).

The piano was retired in 1991, the same year it took up residence in Steinway Hall at 715 E. Buchtel Ave., but has been played in the years since by a variety of pianists, Good said.

“Virtually every pianist who came to play with the Akron Symphony, the Canton Symphony and Tuesday Musical practiced or ‘warmed up’ on that piano, but the most memorable certainly include artists like Mr. [Emmanuel] Ax, John Browning (who always brought his little dog in a handbag), and Andre Watts,” said Good. “And then there were very special friends like University of Akron concert pianist extraordinaire Philip Thomson, to whom we just finally gave a Steinway Hall key to so he could come and practice any time, night or day.”

The piano was also played by Caroline Oltmanns, a Youngstown State professor and Steinway artist, at the Steinway Hall-Akron grand opening where Henry Z. Steinway, the great-grandson of the company’s founder, was the featured guest.

Good said the many pianists over the years included Alexander Schmipf, Antonio Pompa-Baldi and Sergei Babayan “whose practice sessions and private discussions made staying late, opening the hall on Sundays and holidays at all hours and providing taxi and meal service a real privilege and inexplicable pleasure over the years.”

The other pianos at the former Steinway Hall have all been moved to the new Boston Heights location, a former Harley-Davidson dealership. The move to the new location at 334 E. Hines Hill Road was precipitated by the closing of the company’s Cleveland-area store in Lyndhurst last year after a landlord sold the building. The company also wanted to be under one roof to serve its Northeast Ohio clients.

The business, which traces its roots to the former Grecni Music in South Akron, had been in the Buchtel Avenue mansion since 1989. Good received the first license from Steinway outside New York to name his building Steinway Hall. It was only one of three with such a name in the United States. The company no longer gives such permission. There are also Steinway Halls in London and Hamburg, Germany.

The former Steinway Hall building, a 37-room mansion and carriage house, is still for sale. Its listing price is $950,000 with RG Smith Realty Inc. It was built as a home for Akron industrialist Byron W. Robinson and has some stamped 1893 Chicago exhibition bricks in the basement foundation, Smith said.

Smith and Brulport said there have been inquiries about the building, which is on the National Register of Historic Places, but no sale yet.

The 9-foot concert grand was the last thing to be removed from the house.

“Maybe this is what the house needed,” Brulport said, as she watched the piano being lowered on the crane.

Betty Lin-Fisher can be reached at 330-996-3724 or blinfisher@thebeaconjournal.com. Follow her @blinfisherABJ on Twitter or www.facebook.com/BettyLinFisherABJ and see all her stories at www.ohio.com/betty.