You will realise that our 'darling brown Bechstein' is still with us and that the new piano is still in the dining room.
Having asked the most experienced piano removal company in Edinburgh (if not the world!) we have been convinced that the pianos cannot be taken up and down the stairs without removal of the stair lift. The stair lift company have quoted a figure just short of £1,000 to dismantle the rail and reinstall it. It is not as simple as undoing a few bolts, and will requires re-programming and testing when it is reassembled.
The piano removal company tells me that putting the pianos through the window would be cheaper and are coming up with a proposal.
Everyone involved is aware that this has to be done by the end of next week in order to be ready for the festival.