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Flying with my tuba question

Postby one.kidney » Thu Jul 06, 2017 7:02 pm

what do you all use when packing a flight case? I have been told to pack bubble wrap all around it, but what do you all do to protect your bell? Any input would be greatly appreciated.
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Re: Flying with my tuba question

Postby Ferguson » Fri Jul 07, 2017 1:07 am

For shipping Horn Guys tubas I do this.

Buy a nice bottle of beer. Take it to your local carpet store and offer it to the salesman. Ask for one of their extra carpet roll tubes. Take the tube home. Buy some bubble wrap. More than that. Place a 1'x2' piece of bubble wrap down inside the bell, double that for a large tuba. Stick the large cardboard tube down the center of the bell on top of the bubble wrap. Cut the tube to length with a knife so it fits snugly in the case and holds the bell rim away from the inside edge of the case. Put extra bubble wrap around the tube to keep it centered, and all around your tuba for a tight fit.

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Re: Flying with my tuba question

Postby MaryAnn » Fri Jul 07, 2017 11:39 am

Others buy something like a volleyball and inflate it so it works like the above...keeps the bell edges away from the case, and makes a tight fit.
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Re: Flying with my tuba question

Postby bloke » Fri Jul 07, 2017 5:34 pm

off topic:

If no gig, leave the tuba at home.
If an audition, drive.
If too far to drive but in the USA, drive anyway.
Driving too far sucks less than getting your tuba torn up.
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Re: Flying with my tuba question

Postby MikeMason » Fri Jul 07, 2017 5:40 pm

Or maybe ship the tuba ahead? Shipping FedEx on a pallet costs less than you think if you have access to a vendor account.and there's the controversial greyhound.
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