I don’t think it makes any difference how big you are. I think it has a lot to do with how in shape you are. If you are tiny, but keep your muscles in shape, it won’t be a problem. If you are tall, but fat and mushy, it will be, and vice versa. I go to a gym regularly to keep myself strong. I’m not young. I need to do this both to keep my joints flexible — and the muscles around them strong — and to keep my lifting, pushing, pulling muscles strong, as well as my core muscles. With a dolly, and ramps for any steps if you have them, and a car with a nice low loading platform, it’s just not hard at all. You just have to be very careful, move slowly and carefully, and let the harp down easily, using it’s weight to go down, and your strength to keep it from going down faster than it should. I find loading my big concert grand pretty easy these days, although I admit the first time I did it was heart-stopping.
I would never consider help in loading or unloading my harp. It’s my job….my gig….my responsibility. If my husband wanted to move harps, he would’ve studied harp instead of keyboard. Also there are just times when we are both off on different gigs, and I need to do this myself. One of the worst problems is when I arrive at a gig and all the guys want to help. I usually just ask them to get the doors for me if they can. I don’t want anyone to help me move my harp when they have no idea what they are doing….grabbing for….pulling on. I really do need to get a really good thick wedge of wood for a doorstop though for those times when there are no people around to hold doors.