Moving the music, tips for packing your instrument

For those that have them, a musical instrument is one of the most valuable things in their home. When it’s time to move then, you’ll want to keep them safe. Most forms of instrument are fragile, or have fragile parts. Here are tips on how to keep these precious items playing the sweet notes they were designed to play.


Guitars, basses and violins

Guitars are possibly the most commonly owned instrument around; from teens trying to impress their mates, to musicians looking for gigs around Electric Guitartown. They can also go from £60 to near £8,000 so protecting them is rather important.  So here’re some pointers:

  • Keep the packing it came in. A proper case or box removes some of the problems you can expect to begin with. Also, if you have a bag that you carry it around in, use that and then put it in the box.
  • Pad it out, using paper or cloth. Keep it from the sides of the box to keep it from hitting them and damaging it, paying extra attention to the more at risk neck.
  • Pack it horizontally. The wider footprint of laying it down means it won’t fall over and break. Also it’s best to not stack things on top of it if you can afford the space. Like most items having it move as little as possible is the best way to keep it from tragically breaking, needing expensive repairs.


Violin details

Violin on woodViolins are considered to possibly be the most beautiful sounding instrument in the world. They are also very delicate and potentially expensive. One went for $20 million, though you can buy one for £50. A lot of what applies to guitars applies to violins, though there are some other things more important to violins:

The atmosphere around instruments can affect their construction. This is especially important when it comes to wood. The most delicate thing to worry about here is the strings. Guitars use nylon or cables usually so they’re not going to have this issue. Violins today can use metal; some however still use the traditional organic materials. Either way, it’s best to loosen the strings before transportation, which can save them breaking or snapping.

For any instrument after moving them, as much as you want to, it’s best not to play them instantly. Instead waiting for a day allows it to get used to the surrounding, lowering the strain when you do play it.


Drums, the big instrument

Drum Set InstrumentDrums, the kit that ties a song together and drives parents insane, is simpler to pack that you might think. It really comes down to following common sense.  The same rule of keeping the packaging it came with, or having proper cases, will help out hugely. Making sure there’s enough padding to protect each piece, as well stopping it from moving. For the smaller items follow the same rules. However the important thing is labelling. A lot goes into a full drum kit. Therefore, to not have a confusing mess when you unpack, labelling each box means you limit the frustration.


Instruments are valuable items, both in money and personal value. Fortunately following these general packing tips will protect them in transport. And if you need someone to transport them you can find the right transporter for you by going to and save up to 75% on your transportation needs.

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