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How to Pack and Successfully Move with Your Musical Instruments?

posted: 14th October

guitar in a London houseIf you are a musician and have your own musical instruments at home, having a house move can cause serious concerns. It is not easy to leave your precious items in the hands of people you have never men, not to mention the actual packing procedure. If you mess it up, you can be certain your instruments will arrive at the new location with a dent or two. To avoid this unpleasant situation, our London experts have created the ultimate packing guide for all types of musical instruments.

What You Need In Terms of Packing Materials

Now is not the time to be cheap, we are serious. Don’t try to cave a couple of bucks by using secondhand boxes, old newspapers or other DIY packing material the so-called internet gurus tell you to. Your focus should be on your musical instruments and how to protect them. Here is what supplies you will need:

  • Bubble wrap
  • Packing peanuts
  • Packing paper
  • Tape
  • HIgh-quality stern cardboard boxes/plastic crates
  • “Fragile” stickers

How to Pack String Instruments for a House Move

The good news is you probably already have a case for your guitar, violin or cello. So let’s go from there.

  • cello in a London homeBefore putting away the instrument loosen the strings as much as you can. If it’s convenient for you, you can remove them altogether. This is done to relieve the pressure and avoid deformations of the body of your instrument.
  • All keys must be adjusted to be in line with the headstock.
  • Wrap the instrument in bubble wrap before putting it in. If there is not enough space to cover it in one layer of bubble wrap and add packing peanuts for that extra padding on the sides.
  • It is important to also wrap the case itself to prevent it from denting during the house move. Again use bubble wrap.

How to Pack Your Drum Set

Any drummers out there? We understand your struggle as your musical instruments are maybe the hardest to pack as they have so many parts. However don’t despair, our London movers have extensive experience and know how to prepare your set for the road.

  • If your drums have a proper case use, otherwise rent a large enough plastic crate to ensure the uneventful journey of all parts.
  • Disassemble what you can and wrap it in bubble wrap.
  • Place it in the crate/case and cover it with foam peanuts.
  • The actual drum can’t be taken apart, and it’s too big to be tightly wrapped so:
  • Put s sheet of bubble wrap on the floor of the box and place the drum.
  • Secure the edges with crinkle packing paper.
  • Before closing the lid put another sheet of bubble wrap on top of the drum.

How to Pack Brass and Woodwind Instruments

The good news is these types of instruments can be taken apart fairly easy the bad is that if you are not careful you will end up with a pile small pieces. So don’t go overboard with the disassembling.

  • euphonium in a London homeUse their own cases or a plastic container, either way, one instrument goes in its separate box, to avoid mix-ups.
  • Remove some parts and place them in tightly sealed ziplock bags. They go with your instrument in the box.
  • Pour some packing peanuts in the case.
  • Wrap the instrument in bubble wrap and place in the crate.
  • Cover it with foam peanuts and close the lid.

How to Pack Your Piano

Here is where things get really tricky as we are not talking about something you can easily fit in the back of your car. If you own a piano and you want to take it with you when you relocate you need to be very careful as it is a gentle instrument. Here is what we suggest you do:

  • Remove the lid of the piano and wrap it tightly in bubble wrap.
  • Use thick blankets in combination with large sheets of bubble wrap secured with tape to protect the strings and the insides of the instrument.
  • Wrap the whole piano with plastic to prevent scratches.

If all of this seems too much and you feel overwhelmed you can always hire skilled movers to pack and prepare your musical instruments. Thankfully you can find some of the best removals companies in London.

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