The cello is the second-largest string instrument in an orchestra (the double bass being the largest). Because of its sheer size and form, it is also one of the most cumbersome to pack and ship. Aside from its body, the cello’s neck and scroll must also be properly protected to prevent any damage. Here are some tips on how to properly pack and ship a cello to ensure that it arrives in its destination intact and in good condition.
Prepare the cello by tuning down the strings a half step and placing soft foam blocks under the strings on both sides of the bridge. The foam blocks should also go under the fingerboard and tailpiece. Also remove the endpin and wrap it in bubble wrap. Do the same with the bow. Read more →
A guitar amplifier is a bulky item with many breakable parts. It should be properly packed prior to shipping to ensure that it survives the rough handling it will encounter during transport. Here are some tips on how to properly pack and ship an amplifier to ensure that it arrives intact and in good working condition.
The best way to pack an amplifier is to double box it. You can use its original box if its still available and sturdy enough to provide protection for the amp. If you don’t have the original box anymore, any sturdy cardboard shipping box will do. The inner box should snugly fit the amp and provide ample space for smaller parts that will be packaged separately. The outer box should be large enough to provide at least 3 to 4 inches of extra space between it and the inner box. Read more →
Musical instruments vary in size and weight. Some are small and easier to package in a box but some are bulky and may require crating to ensure safe transport. Regardless of size and weight, every musical instrument must be properly packed, provided with sufficient cushioning materials and entrusted to a reliable shipping company to ensure that it arrives in perfect condition. Here are some important things to consider when shipping musical instruments.
When shipping a high-value musical instrument, consider purchasing shipping insurance to protect you or the recipient against loss or damage during shipping.
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Electric guitars are best shipped in their hard shell cases. However, more precautionary measures in packing the instrument must be observed to ensure that it survive the harsh shipping environment and lessen if not prevent damages due to brutal package handling. Here are some tips on how to properly pack and ship an electric guitar.
1. Loosen but never release all the tension on the strings. This will help support the peghead in case of a backward fall; it will also keep the bridge pins in place. For steel string guitars, detune the strings nearly but not completely slack. Leave a nylon string guitar tuned up because the tension is not so great.
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Cymbals are pretty simple to ship. However, precautions must still be observed in packing it before shipping to prevent any damage such as dents and bents. Here is how to properly pack and ship cymbals.
Place the cymbal in a plastic bag and seal with tape. Then, wrap it in at least 2 layers of bubble wrap.
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To make sure that your horn arrives safely and can still make beautiful music and not a mass of dented brass, it must be properly packed for shipping. Here are practical tips on how to pack and ship a French horn safely.
When shipping in a case, wrap the horn in bubble wrap first before placing in the case, This will prevent the instrument from moving around. The horn should be snug in the case and not too compressed that may dent the brass. Lock the latches so the case won’t pop open and wrap the entire case in bubble wrap.
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A mandolin is a musical instrument that can be either plucked or strummed to create music. It is a small instrument like a violin and can either have a bowl or flat back. Because it has a neck that can get broken during shipping, it must be properly packed to ensure that it arrives damage-free. Here are some tips on how to pack and ship a mandolin.
Before packing the mandolin, loosen the strings to take pressure off the neck while in transit. Read more →
A double bass is a large bowed string instrument. Because of its size and fragility, especially if antique, this musical instrument causes a lot of headache when it comes to shipping. However, when properly packed, it can be shipped successfully and without any damage. Here’s how to pack and ship a double bass.
An item as large as a double bass will have to be shipped by truck as it is too massive for commercial shipping companies. Thus, the first thing to consider when shipping a double bass is to look for a trucking company in your area which also services the destination of your item and contact it for details such as rates, requirements, pickup schedule, etc.
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