Packing a tuba for shipping (lots of pictures) Bookmark and Share

The bulk of the musical talk

Re: Packing a tuba for shipping (lots of pitures)

Postby TubadudeCA » Tue Jun 12, 2012 2:26 am

About how much does all of this total out to? Seriously considering doing this SOON. I'm having Kaiser Tuba Withdrawals :(
1970's Walter Sear Deprins BBb Tuba
1915 Martin Eb EEb Tuba
1908 Sherman Clay & CO EEB Sousaphone
1900's Stowasser F Tuba
1896 Henry Distin EEB Tuba
User avatar
TubadudeCA
bugler
bugler
 
Posts: 108
Joined: Thu Dec 15, 2011 8:07 pm
Location: Rio Linda, CA

Re: Packing a tuba for shipping (lots of pitures)

Postby roughrider » Tue Jun 12, 2012 2:37 am

In response to your question, I priced it out and came up with the figure of $110.00 CAD. The two most expensive items were the bubble wrap and the paper towels. Of course, I overbought on both items so that I would not run out and have to make another trip. The paper towels were easy, Walmart to the rescue. I had a heck of a time finding bubble wrap. I ended up having to go to a store which does "industrial shipping" and of course had to buy the entire roll at $38.00. Once my horn returns from Ontario, I will take the tuba out and reseal the box and put it in a storage locker I have. That way if I have to ship another tuba all of the hard work will be done already. Also, we filled the box with the paper towels because dealing with the peanuts would have been a hassle. To each their own, you may find the peanuts easier to use and quite a bit cheaper.
H.N.White "King" Symphony BBb Recording Bass
Equa-Tru #26
Wedge H2
roughrider
3 valves
3 valves
 
Posts: 307
Joined: Thu Apr 20, 2006 4:33 pm

Re: Packing a tuba for shipping (lots of pitures)

Postby Bruce R. Roberts » Mon Feb 18, 2013 4:00 pm

Norm, way back in 2002 you blogged about a 188 Mirifone, serial 10345. Well, own it. The horn now resides in Nanaimo BC Canada which is on Vancouver Island. I like the horn but have recently purchased a Meinl Weston and prefer it for its big, deep sound. Only problem is noisy valves.

Just thought you would be interested in where your old horn ended up.

Bruce Roberts
Bruce R. Roberts
lurker
lurker
 
Posts: 1
Joined: Wed Feb 06, 2013 8:26 pm

Re: Packing a tuba for shipping (lots of pitures)

Postby TheGoyWonder » Mon May 04, 2015 8:30 pm

Also: defend the leadpipe at all costs! It's the Achilles of the tuba.

Put a hole into a chunk of Styrofoam that will fit over the leadpipe snuggly against the bell. Tape it to the bell for maximum effect, or at least lash it on with string if it's a nice finish.

From the number of tubas with tape marks I've seen, maybe people already know this.
TheGoyWonder
3 valves
3 valves
 
Posts: 455
Joined: Tue Mar 03, 2015 9:11 am

Re: Packing a tuba for shipping (lots of pitures)

Postby bloke » Mon May 04, 2015 8:39 pm

I view a solid piece of stryrofoam (when packing a musical instrument) as being very similar to a wooden board (particularly when it's thrown or dropped by a shipping professional, and it goes-a-flyin').

I would see a large chunk of styrofoam with a hole in out around a mouthpiece receiver (is that what's suggested?) as acting something like a wrench.

When I buy tubas, and people (ignoring my packing instructions) have them "professional packed", I sigh when I see huge thick pieces of sheet styrofoam inside the bell-end of a shipping carton. ... "Thank-you, The Force, for SOMEHOW protecting this tuba in its perilous travels."
User avatar
bloke
musician/technician/innovator
musician/technician/innovator
 
Posts: 37880
Joined: Sat May 08, 2004 6:04 pm
Location: western Tennessee

Re: Packing a tuba for shipping (lots of pitures)

Postby apsapienza » Mon May 04, 2015 9:22 pm

*Studies pictures*

Oh, good! I've been doing it right!
Angelo Paul Sapienza
Assistant Director of Instrumental Music
Rampart High School

B&S MRP CC-S
Adams Solo F-S
User avatar
apsapienza
bugler
bugler
 
Posts: 69
Joined: Tue Sep 29, 2009 2:23 pm
Location: Colorado Springs, Colorado

Re: Packing a tuba for shipping (lots of pitures)

Postby Rick F » Thu Oct 26, 2017 10:57 am

Thanks Norm for updating the picture links after Photobucket's cr@ppy move.
Miraphone 5050 - Warburton (Brandon Jones)
YEP-641S (on long-term loan to grandson)
DE mpc (102 rim; I-cup; I-9 shank)

Image
User avatar
Rick F
5 valves
5 valves
 
Posts: 1622
Joined: Fri Mar 19, 2004 12:47 am
Location: Lake Worth, FL

Re: Packing a tuba for shipping (lots of pitures)

Postby HashBrownJM » Thu Oct 26, 2017 12:14 pm

Does anyone know where I can get a sturdy box like the Miraphone box used in the example? I'm worried that any box I get from USPS/UPS/FedEx won't be sturdy or thick enough.

Anyone know if Steve has any empty Miraphone boxes he wouldn't mind parting with? :P
HashBrownJM
bugler
bugler
 
Posts: 45
Joined: Fri Jul 15, 2005 2:12 am

Re: Packing a tuba for shipping (lots of pitures)

Postby scottw » Fri Oct 27, 2017 11:24 am

Appliance cartons like a washer or dryer comes in. Very thick cardboard
Bearin' up!
scottw
5 valves
5 valves
 
Posts: 1320
Joined: Fri Mar 19, 2004 9:39 am
Location: South Jersey

Re: Packing a tuba for shipping (lots of pitures)

Postby adelarosa » Fri Oct 27, 2017 7:45 pm

I highly recommend U-Haul wardrobe size boxes. Very hefty and come in two sizes that accommodate tubas quite well. Certainly the tuba-specific boxes are best but... The U-Haul is hard to beat.
User avatar
adelarosa
bugler
bugler
 
Posts: 70
Joined: Mon Feb 03, 2014 8:34 pm
Location: Cincinnati, OH

Re: Packing a tuba for shipping (lots of pitures)

Postby HashBrownJM » Tue Oct 31, 2017 9:48 am

Great. Thank you!
HashBrownJM
bugler
bugler
 
Posts: 45
Joined: Fri Jul 15, 2005 2:12 am

Re: Packing a tuba for shipping (lots of pitures)

Postby HashBrownJM » Wed Nov 01, 2017 8:32 pm

How many gallons of peanuts do you think I'll need? Thinking of buying two of these. Will it be enough?

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000S ... UTF8&psc=1
HashBrownJM
bugler
bugler
 
Posts: 45
Joined: Fri Jul 15, 2005 2:12 am

Re: Packing a tuba for shipping (lots of pitures)

Postby bort » Wed Nov 01, 2017 9:14 pm

I use the large (14 cubic foot) package from here:

https://www.containerstore.com/s/moving ... d=10025390

I got some pretty strange looks from people in the NY subway with this gigantic bag...
Willson 3050-RZ
Thein RCC
User avatar
bort
6 valves
6 valves
 
Posts: 8749
Joined: Wed Sep 22, 2004 11:08 pm
Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota

Re: Packing a tuba for shipping (lots of pitures)

Postby HashBrownJM » Wed Nov 01, 2017 9:16 pm

Will that single be enough for the whole box?
HashBrownJM
bugler
bugler
 
Posts: 45
Joined: Fri Jul 15, 2005 2:12 am

Re: Packing a tuba for shipping (lots of pictures)

Postby bort » Wed Nov 01, 2017 10:11 pm

Depends on the box. How many cu Ft is the box?
Willson 3050-RZ
Thein RCC
User avatar
bort
6 valves
6 valves
 
Posts: 8749
Joined: Wed Sep 22, 2004 11:08 pm
Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota

Re: Packing a tuba for shipping (lots of pictures)

Postby bort » Thu Nov 02, 2017 8:24 am

The boxes I typically use are 2 Ft x 2 Ft x 4 Ft... So that is 16 cubic feet. Subtract out some space for the tuba itself, and it should be more than enough peanut.

One small courtesy to suggest -- cover the bell with something, to prevent peanuts from getting posted inside.

I played a horrendous new Miraphone years ago... Just terrible! Then I rotated it and a single styrofoam peanut fell out. After that... Glorious!
Willson 3050-RZ
Thein RCC
User avatar
bort
6 valves
6 valves
 
Posts: 8749
Joined: Wed Sep 22, 2004 11:08 pm
Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota

Re: Packing a tuba for shipping (lots of pictures)

Postby bloke » Thu Nov 02, 2017 11:57 am

Peanuts are unstable, can shift, and can leak out of punctured or partially un-taped places. Additionally, they annoy the hell out of recipients and - when loose - create messes indoors and environmental beauty issues outdoors.

It's more trouble, but peanuts should always (if used) be contained in bags. Perhaps an ideal size for bags of peanuts within a carton are the "kitchen garbage bags"... If used for peanuts, buy the low-priced crappy ones that don't have the pull-string built in.
User avatar
bloke
musician/technician/innovator
musician/technician/innovator
 
Posts: 37880
Joined: Sat May 08, 2004 6:04 pm
Location: western Tennessee

Previous

Return to TubeNet

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: Steve C and 28 guests