Hi, I have seen a number of questions from tb'rs wanting to buy a bass in the states and send it to Australia. I recently did this and just wanted to let you know of my experience. I had shipped in cabs and amps from the US before but not a bass. Heres a link to the bass -> http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?t=189609 I was looking for used so I contacted heaps of stores (bass central etc.), none of them having quite what I wanted. The average cost it seemed to send via UPS or Fedex would be about $250US - $275US - youch!. I ended up buying from ebay and got the guy to send it via USPS (United States Postal System) Global Priority. The thing is Australia has a lenght restriction through USPS. A bass is too long. So the guy agreed to take the neck off and send via 2 seperate packages. He packed it very well and I had no problems. I declared the packages at the correct cost and split it up so $400 each package. Here are the total costs. Bass & gig bag- $800 US Postage - $120 US Tax Payable at Post Office - $120 AUD All up it cost me $1356 AUD. It got here in a week and I had absolutely no problems. Things I found out. USPS global priority has insurance and online tracking. Ebay is obviously a risk but one I was willing to take to get what I wanted. USPS is also probably a risk but I have never had any problems. Always ask ebay sellers if they will ship international - this guys add said no but after asking and proposing how to do it - he agreed. All Music stores I contacted will not ship international via USPS. Overall I was extremely happy with the shipping. Had no problems what so ever. Any questions - let me know.