Hello everybody. I have recently aqcuired an awesome job in Ottawa for 4 months (January-April 2001). I am not planning to take my RIC with me because a) I want to take a break b) It's a big pain in the a$$ to take it So my question is, how do you guys recommend i pack my bass, which i value more than anything else i own? I have the case, so im using that of course. I also have the cardboard box the case came with.. im using that too. I was thinking about leaving it underneath my bed, so noone can steal it while i'm away. Well, my question is not that silly, actually... i don't know if i should leave the case lying horizontally.. or on one side, or standing up? What's the best position so that the neck doesn't warp or anything like that? What about the strings, should i tune them down a little to reduce the tension? I know 4 months isn't that long.. but you have to understand.. i'd die if ANYTHING happens to my ric. Thanx a bunch.. please post lots of replies on this!!