Shipping bass cabinets
Thinking about selling a 4x12 cab of mine. Who do you use to ship a monster like this safely/cost effectively?
Where do you live? nothing in your profile ... Craigslist or something like that available to you? ... save a lot of hassle and $$
I live in Mississippi and the CL is horrible pretty much. I could try it I suppose.
I shipped a couple of Marshall 4x12 cabs from L.A. to upstate New York for about $85 or $90 each a few years ago, using ups. No matter which company you decide to use, the key is to pack it like it will be going through a warzone.
Shipping large cabs
You can purchase "wardrobe" boxes (skip the hanger bar) at your local U-haul-it to pack up your cabinet in.
If it were me, I'd double box it, and insure it. The cab is already made to withstand the rigors of touring. It only needs the "tolex" to be protected. I have shipped a many large cabs this way with no troubles.
You can check with various shippers for their size limits. If your cab is too large (after packing), you can ship "frieght." There should be a few freight haulers nearby (check phone book).
Last resort is to ship by bus (such as Grey Hound), although I have not tried that method personally and cannot "vouch" or verify its effectiveness.
For what its worth, I played several shows through the combo amp in question prior to shipping it, so I knew the condition it was in before shipping. The speaker was working, the amp was working, and it sounded great. Post-UPS, not so much.
Moral of this story - shippers really and truly don't care if they destroy things. Packing it for a war zone is probably going to be enough, but better to pack it for a war zone and an air drop.
About 3 months ago, I shipped 2 410 Ashdowns ABM cabs. Ohio to Calif and Washington state. These cabs weigh in at about 85lbs each.
Both shipped UPS Ground. They were packed in a box within a box. The inner box I cut to fit the cab tightly. The space between boxes was roughly 1.5" for packing material. Look for a local box seller in your area otherwise you're into used. New these boxes cost me less than $3 each. The box co I use will sell them one at a time - which I think is unusual.
I used high strength fiber glass thread tape.
I decided to use flat pieces of cardboard to fill the gap between the two boxes given the weight of the cabs. All packed the total weight came in at 125lbs and cost about a $1 a pound with insurance. USPS and FedEx were cost prohibitive. I took the cabs to the local UPS store and they gave me a 10% discount for a corporate account. I recommend you get signature verification for receipt.
Both cabs arrived at their destinations undamaged.
TBH - I will never do this again.
FWIW, I've given up on shipping cabs. Never had one damaged (read a few horror stories, though...), but it cost an arm and a leg the last time I did it.
These days I put 'em on consignment at my local music store. I see it as a win/win: they make some commission and I avoid the hassle. The tradeoff is that I prolly could get a few bucks more for 'em if I sold on TB.
I took a risk and ordered a bass cabinet (2x12) from CA. It came through UPS and luckily arrived perfectly fine; however, that thing was Buried in packaging. There was something called (sealed air instant pack)? that was basically this bag/pack that expanded into a hard foam substance around its placement. That was around all the corners, as well as air bags everywhere else and some bits of foam. The box didn't have much damage, only looked like a little roughing to 1 corner, but I have heard horror stories.
In essence, most shippers are going to have the same likelihood of wrecking your stuff, so again, pack it like it's going through a war zone ;) I've always used UPS, so far no problems. It's hard to be cost effective when shipping a 4x12
I have had great luck buying and selling on CL. Never had a problem.
I use these simple guidelines:
If am selling, I am honest in my description and make it as complete as possible without making it too long. I make sure to include the price and pictures. I always ask a little more than I am willing to accept because the potential buyer will almost always ask for a lower price.
If I am buying, I initiate contact through email. I usually ask questions such as where the item was made, overall condition, etc. I do this so I can get a sense of the seller's attitude. If I am satisfied, with the answers, I reply with my cell phone number. Then we speak on the phone and arrange to meet.
Regardless of whether I am buying or selling, I always arrange to meet in a well lit public place, preferably somewhere which has security cameras, such as a mall parking lot, McDonald's, or sometimes Guitar Center.
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