I'm in Los Angeles, and the last time I shipped a bass, it was $36 to upstate NY. Today went I went to ship another bass and it was almost $70, and I didn't ship until I could figure it out. What was the difference? This is what I found out from the manager. FedEx prices things based on "dimension weight" and the actual weight of the package is a long second to the overall box dimensions. Dimension weight is calculated by the length (always the longest side) + 2xW + 2xH. Any measurement beyond an exact number gets rounded up. 52 1/2 gets rounded up to 53. My box was 53 length, 18 width and 8 height for a total dimension weight of 105. While I watched, I asked him to lower each individual measurement one inch until the pricing tier dropped significantly. We did this in different configurations and each time the pricing tier dropped, it was at the exact same threshold. We went from 14 to 19 pounds for the actual weight and the price changed very minimally. The magic number to get into the lower pricing tier is a box dimension weight of 97. A dimension weight of 98 is where the pricing bump occurred each time. My cost went from $67 to $34 - a significant difference. Of course, the distance will have an effect on the cost, but I'm shipping a 5 string coast to coast, anything less is going to be even cheaper than that. Hope this helps some people who ship basses.