Loading a piano into a mini van or SUV is really tough, particularly if it's one of the taller pianos (studio or upright piano). Pickup trucks aren't much better, it's notoriously difficult to properly secure this beast they call a piano (which, after all, sits on wheels).
You might find yourself wondering “can you lay an upright piano on its back during the move?” We don't recommend moving a piano on its back. For the best possible results, you should secure the instrument tightly against the back wall of the van in an upright position.
Moving a piano on its back or on its side does not harm a piano. A piano can be moved, tilted, or rotated without doing it damage. Damage to a piano occurs when it is dropped, or bumped, or when foreign objects are inside the piano when moving. Moving a piano takes preparation to avoid damage.
Wrap it in a separate moving blanket and tape it in place. Lift the lid off and wrap it in moving blankets, covering it entirely. Tape around the width of the blanket-covered lid several times in three different places so that the blankets won't slip off. Using a screwdriver, remove the piano's legs.
Moving a piano is very difficult. Before you try to do it yourself, you might want to consider hiring professional movers to do the job. This is particularly true if you need to move the piano down a flight of stairs, into an elevator, or have tight spaces to navigate.
Upright pianos should be placed against an inner wall, away from direct sunlight, air vents, doors, and windows. These measures help to preserve your piano's overall condition, tuning stability, and longevity. The majority of sound from an upright piano comes from the back of the instrument.
Large, heavy items like an upright piano can be moved in a pickup truck, but they can also do damage to your bed if you don't protect it. What you'll need to move an upright piano includes: DualLiner solid truck bed liner to protect your bed. Tie-down straps and buckles.
Wrap the piano with cloth or plastic wrap and secure with tape. Lift piano on the dolly. You may be able to lift one end and have an extra person slide the dolly underneath, then lift the other end and fix the dolly in the middle. Strap the piano to the dolly with dolly straps.
Small / Petite Grand Pianos weigh anywhere between 400-500 lbs (181kg-227kg). This is the smallest of the horizontal pianos at only 4'6” – 5' (137cm-152cm) in length. Any grand piano shorter than 5 feet in length is considered a small, petite, or miniature grand piano.
Larger pianos can weigh upwards of 1,000 pounds. This presents an extreme challenge for any mover because most items are much lighter. Movers that are prepared will have some specialized equipment with them to make moving the piano more doable.
Quite honestly, I didn't feel a tip was necessary under the circumstances. But to answer the OP's question - given the specific piano being delivered and the easy delivery logistics, probably $10 per person would be fine - unless they are coming a really long way.
An upright piano costs between $3000 – $6500 on average. High-end upright pianos average around $10,000 – $25,000. Entry level grand pianos costs between $7000 – 30,000. High-end grand pianos such as Steinway, Bosendorfer, and Yamaha can cost between $65,000 – $190,000.
What size is an upright piano. As a guide, upright pianos are usually between 110cm – 135cm in height, around 155cm wide and 60cm deep, the height being the major difference between models. Upright pianos are popular because of their efficient use of space.