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Category: Musical Instruments

How to Ship a Roll Up Piano

Ship a Roll Up PianoThe roll up piano is the rage these days among beginners and established piano enthusiasts. It provides a means to play or practice when a real piano is not available. Compared to standard pianos and electric keyboards, the roll up piano is small, light weight and can pretty much fit inside a handbag or backpack, making it the most portable piano type around.

Powered by AA batteries, or electricity using an AC adapter, you can play music with a roll up piano anywhere as long as there is a flat surface where you can lay it on. Sound quality may not be superior but still works well for entertainment or practicing when a piano is not available. Read more →

How to Ship a Celesta

Ship a CelestaThe celesta is a keyboard instrument, similar to a piano, but instead of having hammers hitting strings, the hammers in it hit metal tubes suspended over wooden resonators. It comes in a variety of models like the four- or five-octave types which look like a small upright piano. There is also the three-octave variety which is a large wooden box without a stand and is usually played on top of a table.

Because of its size, a celesta can be quite easily boxed or crated for shipping.  Nevertheless, proper packing precautions must be observed to ensure that it arrives intact and without any damage especially if it’s an antique. Here are some tips on how to properly pack and ship a celesta. Read more →

How to Ship a Tuba

ship a tubaThe tuba is the largest of the low-brass instruments. It is usually made of brass, which is either unfinished, lacquered or electro-plated with nickel, gold or silver. Despite its size, a tuba can be successfully shipped by following proper packing precautions to ensure that it arrives in its destination without any damage and in good working condition.

An improperly packed tuba faces the risk of scratches, dents and broken parts due to impact during transit, not to mention tarnishing when exposed to moisture. Here are some tips on how to properly pack and ship a tuba. Read more →

How to Ship a Banjo

Ship a BanjoThe banjo is a string instrument with a thin membrane, of animal skin or plastic, stretched over a circular frame or cavity as a resonator. It is based from several African instruments of similar design and is frequently associated with country, folk, Irish traditional and bluegrass music.

Because of its long neck and fragile resonator, a banjo requires appropriate packing to ensure that it survives the rough shipping environment.  Here are some tips on how to properly pack and ship a banjo so it arrives in excellent condition. Read more →

How to Ship a Bugle

Ship a BugleThe bugle is one of the simplest brass instruments; it is essentially a small horn with no valves or other pitch-altering devices. All pitch control is done by varying the player’s embouchure (use of facial muscles and the shaping of the lips to the mouthpiece of brass instruments), since the bugle has no other mechanism for controlling pitch. Consequently, the bugle is limited to notes within the harmonic series.

The bugle is typically shaped in a coil and used mainly in the military and in drum and bugle corps.  Historically the bugle was used in the cavalry to relay instructions from officers to soldiers during battle. Read more →

How to Ship a Harmonica

Ship a HarmonicaThe harmonica, also called mouth organ, French harp or blues harp, is one of the most popular wind musical instruments around. Simple and elegant in its design, the harmonica is often given as a gift to kids because it is easy to play by simply blowing air into and out of one or more holes along its mouthpiece. However, it is difficult to master.

This musical instrument is very versatile and used in a variety of musical genres including blues, country, bluegrass, rock n roll, funk, jazz, gospel, and folk. It  originated in France in the late 19th century and comes in different types such as diatonic, chromatic, tremolo, octave, orchestral, and bass versions. It is usually made from brass or bronze. While the harmonica come in different sizes, they are usually small enough to be placed in the pocket. Read more →

How to Ship a Trombone

How to Ship a TromboneThe trombone is one of the most unusual musical instruments because of its odd slide mechanism that separates makes it unique from other instruments in the brass section. There are three types of trombones, namely, alto, tenor and bass. The alto was the most popular type of trombone throughout the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, but the tenor took over the top spot in the twentieth century. The bass trombone is today the second most popular.

The instrument is comprised of a cylindrical tube bent into an elongated “S” shape with a mouth piece on one end and a flaring bell on the other. Parts are usually made from brass, nickel or a combination of both. Read more →

How to Ship a Clarinet

Ship a ClarinetThe clarinet is a type of woodwind instrument featuring a straight cylindrical tube and a flaring bell. There are many types of clarinets of differing sizes and pitches but the most common one is the soprano clarinet. This musical instrument is usually made from a variety of materials including wood, plastic, hard rubber, metal, resin, and ivory.  Its numerous components can be disassembled for easy safekeeping in its hard case which keeps the fragile parts safe and secure.

Being a delicate instrument, the clarinet must be handled with utmost care. When being shipped, the clarinet must be properly packed to protect it from rough and rigorous environment during transit. Here are some tips on how to properly pack and ship a clarinet to ensure that it arrives safely and survives the rigors of shipping. Read more →