I MIGHT be moving to Australia from the US - what to do?
Well a lot of stars need to align before I know for sure, but our family might be moving from Minneapolis to Sydney, Australia before the end of this year! If it happens I have quite the bass player’s dilemma in that I have a nice array of amps/instruments and I am not sure what to do so I'm looking for help! Plus two groups that I play in here that will now be without a bassist.
One scenario is to downsize and sell off a bunch of stuff and take the bare minimum (my prized stuff) overseas. Or maybe keep some stuff at a friend’s/family’s place.
Or another scenario is see how much stuff we will be allowed to ship over (at company expense) and bring it over. Maybe sell some to my Aussie bass-playing friends once I get there?
Stuff at the top of my list to bring:
1936 American Standard DB (I am currently playing my upright a lot now)
1983 Fender Precision (a bass that I have a lot of history with)
1964 Fender Duosonic II guitar
Aguilar TH-500 head
Paul Jones Briefcase amp
Stuff that I “might” like to bring:
1965 Kay K5915 electric bass
2010 Fender Mustang Bass (MIJ)
GK MB200 head
Stuff that I don’t play much or think I should sell before I move:
1999 Danelectro Longhorn
Fender ’51 Precision reissue (MIJ)
Fender “parts” P bass – MIJ neck, MIA body
Epiphone Jack Casady
Misc speaker cabs – 110, 210, 1x12, 1x15 etc.
Rack amp w/ BBE pre
½ size upright
Lots of little stuff like pedals, etc. I will pick thru and see what I can and cannot live without.
I am not sure of the duration of this adventure. Could be 4+ years. My wife is the one with the pending offer so she will be the big shot. I get to try to find a new job. We would also be coming over with our two boys, 16 and 11, who are actually somewhat excited to make this change. It is a good chance for us to simplify our lives and experience something new. I am very much looking forward to the opportunity. Let me know if you have any advice!
Hope it happens for you and congrats if it does.
As an american who married and moved to canada i have a few lessons learned.
Dont get rid of any gear unless its something you wont use. I made this mistake and now being in canada and i imagine you in austraila certain gear is not sold in other countries and trying to replace gear by having it imported is ridiculous.
Music is music and as musicians the fire will always burn to play and want gear.
So just be careful, even if you have to store it with you in austraila just do that and dont get rid of stuff.
Just remember if your bringing any amps over, we run on 240 volts so its probably easier to sell them before you go then to get them changed over or try and sell here. The Tone Hammer is an exception, as might others be, as its has a switch for voltage on the back.
You might have luck selling other gear out here, our dollar's slowly going down so its becoming more expensive for us to buy stuff. But for the last few years a lot of bassists here have been buying gear from the states and having it shipped over anyway.
If you do come out, make sure you check out www.ozbasforum.com It's the Aussie version of TB, but without all the bitchiness and wankers.
Remember that Fosters is Australian for beer! :cool:
If you have a fear of spiders get over it now
My dad got a job in London so we moved there when I was 15-17 yrs old.
Seriously some of the best memories of my life. I wish I could show my boys the world like that.. Hope it works out for you. I agree with shawshank about importing equipment to down under.. that goes for most electronics from what I've heard. Don't expect to be able to replace something you had here... once you get there. It might be expensive/difficult or both.
Stock up on strings before you leave. The prices in Australia are likely to be ridiculous for such things (unless they're made there).
Congrats & welcome.
Just watch out for the voltage change on all the electrical gear. We run 240v @ 50hz down here. Plug is also different.
+1 On the "Stock up on strings" bit.... gear is horrendously expensive here. A pack of Chromes is $66 or $85 for the 5-string set, over here as an example.
Aguilar has switchable voltage so that shouldn't be a problem. Everything in AU seems to be a lot more expensive than here. You could probably buy some things and sell them there to make up the cost of the shipping the stuff you want to bring. The DB will probably be the most difficult to ship. You'll need a shipping case and then have to pay to have it shipped. It might be more cost effective to buy a travel bass like a Czech Ease or an EUB or buy one there.
Oh and bloody Australians:eek:
1. Be sure to bring a BBQ with you to put the shrimp on.
2. Their summer is our winter, so dress accordingly when you make the trip.
3. The Coriolis force is the opposite of what it is here. Don't let that disorient you.
4. Tell Olivia NJ and Crocodile Dundee we all said hi!
As far as beers go, Fosters is not held in high esteem here. In fact...(how shall I put this)....it's widely regarded as complete crap! :D
(Apologies for going off-topic there)
If the company will ship it - take it with you! I'm an Aussie living in Indonesia and despite moving here with only a beat up guitar I now have 3 Fender basses: 2 P basses and VB ABG and am getting my old bass rebuilt after finding a fabulous local bass specialist luthier to replace it nearly 5kg (heavy) body - will get him to build me fretless next.
My point is gear is expensive in Australia! Take heaps of strings and plan contingently upon staying longer - you'll love it in Sydney. When I first revisited the US in the mid 1980s (I spent 2 years growing up in Kansas in the late 60s) I bought my a GK 400 RB which a buddy converted for 240V and has been a trusty friend for the next 30 years (still my main practice amp).
Hope the deal comes off and safe travels!
Sydney is great! I've been there. Tons of good looking girls, don't let your wife catch you looking. I had Kilkenny on nitro there before it came stateside and remember thinking how great it was. Tooheys Old was decent too. Good luck!
^ it's also not even made in Australia anymore. We keep the good beers for ourselves.
And Sacto we call em prawns, not shrimp. But I did BBQ up some prawns last weekend. They were fantastic.
Big plus one to strings. I order all mine from the US, although some places do have free shipping.
If you want to check out prices on some gear here, have a look at www.basscentre.com.au They're down in Melbourne but their good guys and their prices are pretty reasonable. Some of the other big music stores around can be quite a bit more expensive.
I don't travel internationally but I think I remember in the last couple years hearing something about instruments being seized in customs somewhere because of the rare/endangered woods they were made with? May or may not be relevant moving from the US to Australia but it would be worth checking into to avoid losing any instruments
Take as much stuff with you as you can, because many instruments are more expensive down there. So you buy a $1000 bass here the company ships it there for you then you sell it down there for $1500. Do some research to see what things cost down there vs here before you make your decisions.
And don't forget to catch The Church , my favorite Australian band that are sadly only known in the US for their ONE 80's hit. And a little known "post-rock" band called Laura which are pretty good.
I moved from Oakland, CA to St Croix USVI so if you want packing advice let me know. My Elric 5, Genz Benz, Schroeder, pedalboard arrived flawless. But I also asked for input from TB prior to the move. Basically, if you have movers allow them to pack it so they become liable insurance wise. Just document perfect condition well in advance and have movers sign off on condition. If you pack it you become liable...even if you think you'll pack it way better the the movers any damage is on you. Overseas moving companies now how to pack for container shipment. My move was WAY nerve wracking. Trust me. I didn't ship stand ups either so I can imagine your concern. You have a lot of vintage/expensive gear. Maybe contact your insurance company to see what you can cover for a move this large.
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