There are a couple more items which you may want to consider when
shipping overseas other than who and how much it will cost you when
you ship it.
I have shipped a reproducing grand overseas with great success.
The cost was nominal for the shipping as it was charged by the cubic
foot, not the weight. Included in the cost was delivery to my address.
This was a nominal charge and recommended to me when I shipped the
The "movers" who delivered my piano did not use a crane or even a
mechanical lift to lower the piano, they let it slide down the back
of their truck. It was too heavy for them and fell, fortunately the
damage was limited to breaking three pieces of ivory, which I have
since replaced. (Yes, I was lucky!)
Another issue is customs. Check the customs for the item; I have heard
that if it is over 100 years old many countries do not charge customs,
but I have not verified this.
Finally, I saved several hundred dollars by shopping around for a
forwarder. There are several companies that will ship the device for
a very high price; I checked with my work for their forwarder and used