Posted by J. Butler on May 11, 1999 at 14:29:42:
In Reply to: Re: Packing cello for shipment posted by Steve Drake on May 11, 1999 at 08:24:40:
I'd add that it is best to take the strings off and remove the sound post. The worst damage an instrument can sustain is a soundpost crack in the back. This happened to a colleague of mine whose cello was shipped UPS. It was packed professionally, but the cello was shipped set-up and it arrived with a soundpost crack in the back. It was being sent to a shop to be placed for sale, now it is doubtful as to whether it will actually sell.
It may some hassle to have the cello set-up again at your destination, but this is the only way I would ship a cello. And I'm also of the opinion that FedEx is safer to use than UPS.
As a final note, the last cello that was shipped to me had been taken down, and it arrived with the fingerboard having come off in transit. The instrument repair person I use said it must have sustained a significant blow, causing the neck to flex enough that the fingerboard popped off. It was his opinion that if the cello had been set-up, it may have been seriously damaged.
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