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The law calls the following acts theft, vandalism, and terrorism, especially when no notice or warrant is served and it occurs outside lawful court authority.

All pianos are pad-wrapped to keep the surface safe from scratches and dents.

Moving Instruments

Regardless of size and weight, every musical instrument must be properly packed, provided with sufficient cushioning materials and entrusted to a reliable shipping company to ensure that it arrives in perfect condition.

Don't scrimp on packaging materials when shipping musical instruments. Use sturdy shipping boxes and sufficient bubble wrap, foam, or other packaging materials to make sure your item is not damaged during its move.

Seal the package securely. Use only appropriate tape specifically designed for shipping to prevent the box from popping open during transit. Avoid using masking tape or cellophane tape as these might not be strong enough to secure the package. Avoid using string as this might get caught in conveyor belts and other shipping equipment.

How to Pack and Ship Musical Instruments
These complex and somewhat fragile items could easily sustain damage during a trip across the country, even if the truck operator drives carefully. Instruments cost a lot of money, and they allow you to express your emotions through the language of music. If anything happened to yours, you would probably feel devastated.

Stringed instruments have more fragility than other instruments, which makes them tricky to ship. You don’t want fingerboards, bows, or sound- boxes to crack, but even something as simple as a speed bump could cause that kind of damage. Adverse weather conditions could also warp the wood.

How do I move my harp
…the recommended way is to pack your harp in a heavy duty cardboard carton with the harp supported and isolated with “foam in place” or other high to medium density foam. The foam should support the harp away from all sides of the carton so that any impact to the carton will not directly impact the harp. This is the method that harp manufacturers around the world use for both folk and pedal harps and we use with great success.

Guitars are notoriously delicate and fragile musical instruments that have not been designed to be tossed around inside a moving vehicle. In fact, guitars don’t enjoy being moved too much – they like it when they are sleeping motionless in their hard or soft cases and when they are kept stationary on their guitar stands. The only gentle movement they are known to appreciate is when somebody is bringing beautiful notes out of them, either strapped to that person’s shoulders or cuddled on their laps.

If you own a guitar and you’re moving house soon, then you’ve got yourself a minor issue to deal with – how to pack your guitar for moving. And even though packing a guitar for shipment will not be the most challenging task you’ll face when moving from one home to another, you should still do it right to avoid any type of untimely damage to your prized possession.

How to pack a guitar for moving? Pay attention to the preparation and packing steps below that outline the best way to pack a guitar for a move, for one careless or uncalculated movement may ruin your expensive stringed instrument for good.

Shipping box. You will need a shipping box made of strong cardboard regardless of whether your guitar has its own case or not. The box should be big enough to enclose the guitar case or the guitar alone with just enough space for the padding materials.

Unprinted packing paper. It’s best to get your hands on heavy paper but soft packing paper will also do the trick. Just make sure it’s unprinted as the ink can easily damage the sensitive finish on the instrument.

Bubble wrap. You don’t need much bubble wrap to pack a guitar for a move – a few large sheets should be enough.

Packing tape. You’ll still need to close up and secure the cardboard box after you’ve packed the stringed instrument inside it. Purchase quality packing tape.

I've never let movers or friends help in instrument moving. Neither should you. It's best to preserve the friendship and not constantly yell at your movers.

The best moving method I've found for guitars and basses is to get as many cardboard guitar case shipping boxes as you can get.

But just like any other musical instruments, the ukelele should have sufficient padding to ensure that it survives the rough shipping process.

A ukelele hard case is the best container for this minute musical instrument. It provides a cozy environment for the ukelele and protects it on all sides. Just keep the uke in place by filling void spaces within the case with bubble wrap or crumpled paper to prevent the instrument from rattling inside. Then, place the case in a slightly larger shipping box with packing materials on all sides to avoid movement.

Because of its long neck and fragile resonator, a banjo requires appropriate packing to ensure that it survives the rough shipping environment. A hard shell case provides the best protection for a banjo during shipping. However, placing the banjo in a case is not enough. Proper packing precautions must be observed to prevent any damage including breaking the neck due to impact.

Being small, a harmonica can be easily boxed for shipping. However, proper packing precautions must be observed to prevent any damage such as dents and scratches caused by impact during transit.

Get a sturdy shipping box that is large enough to accommodate the cased and wrapped harmonica, with extra 2 inches of space on all sides, top and bottom. Fill the bottom of the box with a 2-inch layer of packing peanuts and lay the harmonica on top. Fill the remaining spaces on the sides and top with more packing peanuts. The idea is to make the box well packed so that there will be no space for the harmonica to move around.

Electronic Keyboard
...But just like any electronic device, keyboards are fragile and must be properly packed for shipping to avoid damage during transit.

The best way to pack an electronic keyboard is to double box it in its original packaging. This means packing the keyboard and its peripherals in the box it came with and then placing it in a much bigger shipping bags and filling all sides, top and bottom with packing materials.

Why would Clearwater County and North American Van Lines break our Taylor guitar?
For musicians and singers, it takes a truly mentally deranged North American mover or Idaho peacekeeping crusher to intentionally break a musical instrument, especially a Taylor guitar. We had heard United breaks guitars from Dave Carroll, but now it sounds like North American Van Lines and Idaho police powers break Taylor guitars too. Maybe we will write a song about it to help spread the word about what has happened to us. Even if someone hated us and wanted to hurt us, how sick do you have to be to intentionally break a guitar? Are you the one who did this? Did it make you feel big, bad, and tough to cram our guitar into the unit and hear it crack? What did our son's first Taylor guitar ever do to you? We are trying to walk with as much grace as we can, but whoever you are, you need to spend some serious face time in front of a mirror. With all due respect, the intentional destruction of property is socially unacceptable, generally considered sick, constitutes a crime, and shows you might require some urgent intervention to prevent further mental deterioration. From our perspective, and we believe any reasonably sane individual would concur, someone who would intentionally break a mint condition Taylor is well on their way to being a certified vandal and instrument terrorist. Other instruments were also trashed. No moving blankets, pads, or other protective measures were taken. Amanda's custom built harp and Nick's performance banjo were stuffed into a box without being wrapped and with what our kids call their white bear rug, a Christmas present from a Great Grandmother. The box was then beat up and put into non-climate controlled storage. If you are a musician, you know the rest of the story. Our Baldwin piano was put into storage with heavy boxes, tubs, a commercial dehydrator, a desk, and other other items stored on top of it. Again, no blankets, padding, or other protective measures were taken. Our Cowboy Church keyboard, violins, trumpet, clarinet, harmonicas, penny whistles, handbells, our other two son's first guitars, and other instruments suffered similar fates. Original packaging and hard cover cases were available for our instruments. A common sense thinker might have considered hard cases must be the best way to move instruments. Everything was maliciously broken, scratched, dented, and so on. We will not even know the full extent of the damage until we have time and the heart to sit and play. And...we will.

It Happened To Us - Idaho Ranch Theft, Vandalism, Acts of Mortgage Terrorism
It Happened To Us - Idaho Ranch Theft, Vandalism, Acts of Mortgage Terrorism
It Happened To Us - Idaho Ranch Theft, Vandalism, Acts of Mortgage Terrorism

It Happened To Us - Idaho Ranch Theft, Vandalism, Acts of Mortgage Terrorism
It Happened To Us - Idaho Ranch Theft, Vandalism, Acts of Mortgage Terrorism
It Happened To Us - Idaho Ranch Theft, Vandalism, Acts of Mortgage Terrorism