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

PostPosted: Tue Jun 12, 2012 2:26 am
by TubadudeCA
About how much does all of this total out to? Seriously considering doing this SOON. I'm having Kaiser Tuba Withdrawals :(

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

PostPosted: Tue Jun 12, 2012 2:37 am
by roughrider
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.

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

PostPosted: Mon Feb 18, 2013 4:00 pm
by Bruce R. Roberts
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

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

PostPosted: Mon May 04, 2015 8:30 pm
by TheGoyWonder
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.

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

PostPosted: Mon May 04, 2015 8:39 pm
by bloke
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."

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

PostPosted: Mon May 04, 2015 9:22 pm
by apsapienza
*Studies pictures*

Oh, good! I've been doing it right!

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

PostPosted: Thu Oct 26, 2017 10:57 am
by Rick F
Thanks Norm for updating the picture links after Photobucket's cr@ppy move.

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

PostPosted: Thu Oct 26, 2017 12:14 pm
by HashBrownJM
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

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

PostPosted: Fri Oct 27, 2017 11:24 am
by scottw
Appliance cartons like a washer or dryer comes in. Very thick cardboard

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

PostPosted: Fri Oct 27, 2017 7:45 pm
by adelarosa
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.

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

PostPosted: Tue Oct 31, 2017 9:48 am
by HashBrownJM
Great. Thank you!

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

PostPosted: Wed Nov 01, 2017 8:32 pm
by HashBrownJM
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

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

PostPosted: Wed Nov 01, 2017 9:14 pm
by bort
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...

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

PostPosted: Wed Nov 01, 2017 9:16 pm
by HashBrownJM
Will that single be enough for the whole box?

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

PostPosted: Wed Nov 01, 2017 10:11 pm
by bort
Depends on the box. How many cu Ft is the box?

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

PostPosted: Thu Nov 02, 2017 8:24 am
by bort
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!

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

PostPosted: Thu Nov 02, 2017 11:57 am
by bloke
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.