Success in shipping flutes relies on how well the instrument was packed. This article provides tips on how to properly pack and ship a flute to ensure that it arrives in excellent condition.
There are three options you can take in packing a flute for shipping. One is to use custom shipping boxes that are made specifically for shipment of flutes and piccolos. These boxes are usually rectangular in shape with built-in foam rubber on all sides of the instrument for maximum protection. The advantage of using this type of packaging is that the boxes are relatively compact and light-weight and thus, less expensive to ship than larger boxes.
If you can’t get your hands on a custom flute box, you may package the instrument yourself. You may use a sturdy cardboard box that can accommodate the flute and provides space for 6 to 8 inches of crumpled newspaper or packing material on all sides. You may also wrap the instrument on bubble wrap for added protection. Seal the box with packaging tape.
Another option is to use shipping stores and professional packaging. Let professionals take care of your shipping requirements. This is a convenient service but you may pay a premium. These costs may be added to shipping fees and to the shipping insurance.
After choosing how to pack your flute, it’s time to pick the shipping company that will meet your requirements. Remember, not all shipping companies are the same. Rates of services will depend on your situation and location. It is a good idea to research shipping companies in your area and find the best offer as you would do for any other product or service. A couple of the more reliable options are Federal Express (FedEx) and United Parcel Service (UPS). Both offer a variety of shipping options with good prices for insurance.