History

Your specialist for pianos and grand pianos

Piano-Express has been a specialist in transporting pianos and grand pianos since 2001. By constantly expanding its logistics services, Piano-Express now offers a complete service for your instrument. This service is guaranteed by our various locations across Germany. Only specially trained staff are employed to transport your instrument.

Key figures

  • Locations in Berlin – Hamburg – Hilden (NRW) – Lichtenfels • Munich – London, Newcastle, UK ( partnering with G & R Transport ), Bodegraven, NL ( partnering with Griffioen Transport ), Rome and Milan , IT, ( partnering with Giovaruscio SRL ), Shanghai, China, ( partnering with Yun Qin Transport ), Los Angeles, CA, USA.
  • 170 staff
  • 48 vehicle units (trucks; trailers) with special temperature controlled bodies.
1 June 2001 Founding of Piano-Express GbR
Regional transportation in Berlin/surrounds
December 2001 Start of long-distance nation instrument transportation
March – November 2002 Start of European transportation to the Benelux countries, France, Austria and England
April 2003 Opening of the branch office in Mettmann
December 2003 17 staff employed in the commercial and industrial division
March 2004 Relocation of the Mettmann office as a result of warehouse expansion
June 2004 Start of instrument transportation to Switzerland
September 2004 Transformation of the GbR into M+S Piano-Express GmbH
November 2004 Opening of the Stuttgart branch office
December 2004 27 staff employed in the commercial and industrial division
May 2005 Opening of the Munich branch office
March 2006 Another expansion of warehouse capacities at the Mettmann branch
November 2006 Closure of the Stuttgart branch
December 2006 39 staff employed in the commercial and industrial division
February 2007 Relocation of the Berlin head office to new premises at the shipping site in Tempelhof with a warehouse of approx. 1000 m² and ramp connection
November 2007 Start of instrument transportation to Italy
February 2008 Expansion of the service range: Overseas importing of instruments by container; unpacking and picking of pianos and grand pianos
November 2008 Expansion of the service range: Tuning and repairing instruments
December 2009 Introduction of a new company logo; Start of the new website
July 2010 Expansion of warehouse capacities at the Munich branch
October 2011 Relocation of our office from Mettmann to Hilden into a larger warehouse and office space.
April 2014 Opening of the Hamburg branch office
May 2014 Takeover of P & M Logistics – Formerly Kraus and Pabst

Partners History

Griffioen Transport

Griffioen Transport is a more than 80 years old family business.

In 1929 founder Henk Griffioen bought the courierservice ‘Blijleven’ from his employer in the villages Bodegraven and de Meije in the Netherlands. He soon changed the name to ‘Bode Griffioen v/h Blijleven’. During the first years the company was based on Meije number 10 in Bodegraven. The courier service at first used a horse and carriage but soon this was exchanged by a truck.

At that time the work consisted mainly of picking up orders for delivery to several suppliers and wholesalers in the nearby town of Gouda. In the afternoon the ordered goods at these companies would be picked-up to be delivered the same day in Bodegraven. The merchandise for the towns of de Meije and Zegveld would be delivered the next day, together with the loaded merchandise of ‘Van Gend en Loos’ of which Bode Griffioen v/h Blijleven was the fixed transporter in de Meije and Zegveld.

When ‘grandfather’ Henk Griffioen fell ill and was not able to run the business anymore, the second generation took over. At first this was Arie Griffioen.
In those days there were two piano and organ businesses in Bodegraven, named ‘Vreeken’ and ‘Boot’. Griffioen already transported instruments for these companies to private customers. When the other two brothers, Jan and Hennie, joined in, the business was able to grow.

They were able to start driving with three cars to expand the transport. When more and more cars and drivers were added to the business, it was time to move to a larger location on the street ‘Binnenweg’. Arie’s work shifted more into planning and office management. The courier service expanded further including more moving work, especially in the town of Gouda. When the business started specialising in the transportation of organs, pianos and grand pianos, both the moving department and the courier service were closed down.

The sons of Mr. Vreeken started a factory for electronic organs in Bodegraven and Griffioen took care of the delivery of the production. Thanks to this Griffioen frequently visited musical instrument businesses. Many of these businesses had problems with the delivery of their instruments outside of their city. This was the beginning of the transportation of instruments through the entire Netherlands and Belgium.

When electronic organs became a rage, there was an increase of electronic organ factories and importers of organs. Griffioen also became the transporter for these businesses. Later the transportation of pianos and grand pianos were added to the field of expertise. The first customers in this market were ‘Rippen’ and ‘Kawai’. Up to this day we still arrange the transportation for Kawai. When we found out that our customers also felt the need for storage, we decided to build a new office building on the street ‘Beneluxweg’ which was larger and more suitable than the building on the Binnenweg. Later in time this building was extended with a customs warehouse for the import of instruments from Japan, Korea and China.

After some years the business also became too big for this building so we moved to our current location on Schumanweg 1 in Bodegraven in The Netherlands.

The company is now run by the third generation of the family Griffioen.

 

G & R Removals, UK

G&R Removals – The Specialist Piano Movers

G&R Removals – The specialist Piano Movers are a family run business established in 1968 with an unrivalled wealth of experience in all aspects of piano moving and storage. We have gained respect from some of the World’s highly regarded pianists; piano manufacturers and suppliers of the World’s finest pianos.Since 2014 we have been selected by Yamaha Pianos for nationwide distribution of new Yamaha Pianos and Clavinova)

In our opinion this is due to our basic ethos of combining fully trained staff, a modern fleet of vehicles and commitment to a fair price structure and customer service. This has proven to be a successful combination as we have been awarded with the Quality Assured Service Standard BS EN12522 since year 2000, something our competitors can only dream of.
We are proud to be the only specialist piano movers which are members of the following entities, The British Association of Removers (since 1968), FEDEMAC European Movers, the Music Industries Association and the Road Haulage Association.

Our drivers have successfully completed periodic training in many aspects of their work, they have achieved a Low Risk certification by Insurers with emphasis on driver awareness and hazard perception skills. Coupled with our live satellite-tracked trucks for pinpoint accuracy 24/7 and unique customer identification software system makes G&R the pianists first choice specialist piano movers.

We look forward to looking after you, your piano and possessions! Call us to discuss your piano move or shipment; piano storage and handling; antique furniture or personal effects, we would love to hear from you. We even operate a full orchestra touring and trucking service for some of the worlds most highly regarded orchestras and musicians. We’re not just specialist piano movers, but we are very proud to be.

 

Giovaruscio Transport, Italy

Family run company dedicated to 3rd party services, founded in 1984 in Rome, Italy by Celestino Giovaruscio, offering services to all the main moving companies in Europe. In 2003 the London office was opened, in 2004 the Milan office was opened. Our fleet now comprises of over 60 vehicles including 8 road trains, 6 outside elevators, flat beds and vans ranging from 3.5 to 7.5 tons. The management at the heart of Giovaruscio Transport have been active within the removals industry for two generations. Since the beginning, Giovaruscio Transport have gone from strength to strength, successfully providing trade removals services on a European scale for a constantly enlarging portfolio of trade clients, including small local or national removals businesses and large international relocation companies.

Throughout this process of growth, the company have specialized in offering a hassle free, door to door, quality relocation service for all our clients, large and small. However, we have proudly maintained the principles of family care, reliability, honesty and professionalism at the core of the business policy. This allowed us to become known within the industry, as the perfect trade partner for carrying out the relocation of your most valued clients, on your behalf.The future of Giovaruscio Transport is continuously being shaped, in order to ensure that the company will always be able to meet the ever increasing demand for trade removals services, as well as the standard of quality that we have become synonymous with.

Employing over 60 people over the 3 Locations, Giovaruscio is the largest service provider to the moving industry in Europe.