Posted by Ed on November 22, 2000 at 15:40:57:
In Reply to: Re: Help! shipping a kay posted by Jordan on November 21, 2000 at 12:32:36:
: Dude, he's talking about shipping it, not traveling with it.
Sounds like you sold it? And are shipping it to the buyer?
Anyway, you can ship it via trucking company but you'll need to loosen the strings and pull off the bridge. Pack the bridge (and adjusters if any) in a small bag and tape it to the inside of the box, BUT BE SURE YOU LET THE PERSON RECIEVING KNOW WHAT YOU'VE DONE WITH IT!
The sound post will fall when the strings loose tension and the bridge comes off, it would be good to remove it and package it with the bridge, but will not do any damage if you leave it there.
Get a BIG box and either pad it well with those styrofoam/corn starch peanut thingies or (even better in my opinion)is get a local packer (in my case the local music store that had a mail order business)who has one of those Clever spray foam devices. Wrap your bass (with all the stuff off as above)in plastic sheeting or drop cloth (or garbage bags taped really well)spray an even bottom for the bass to lie in, then place the bass in, spraying a support under the scroll and neck, then finish spraying over the top.
It should be totally encased in a solid but "yielding" styrofoam like substance.
Kolstein does rent their case for $98 a week, but, if you are selling a bass, the case will be out of your control once it gets to the addressee...
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