One of the longest, and possibly the hardest parts of any move is packing your items. A lot relies on it. The way you pack your items will decide if you will see them in one piece again after the move. If you are not careful enough or don’t really know how to use the packing supplies you have, then they will break or chip in the truck. This is especially true when you are packing musical instruments. These items can get quite expensive – and damaging and repairing them will cost a lot of money. Instead of improvising when packing them, you should pay extra care! Luckily, Capital City Movers are here to help you! Today, we give you tips and tricks, as well as the most important things to remember to successfully pack your instruments.
Packing brass and woodwind instruments
Packing brass and woodwind instruments is not too hard, but you will need to do some extra work before packing them. The easy part is that you probably already know how to take them apart. This is an ideal way of transporting them, and that’s why you will usually transport them this way to the rehearsals as well. That’s because they already come with a hard case that’s tailor-made for them, with some extra padding inside. All you need to do is disassemble them, put them in there and secure the container so it doesn’t open in the truck.
However, sometimes this is not the case. Maybe you lost your case, or the instrument just didn’t come with it. This is no reason to panic, though! There are easy fixes for this as well! All you need is some bubble pack. Again, disassemble the instrument, and wrap each piece in the plastic cover. The point is not to have the pieces bumping into each other during the travel since they can get damaged this way. The plastic wrap serves as a cushion, protecting them from this. Then, all you need is one of the perfect plastic moving boxes NYC! It should be large enough so you can put some padding in it (anything from packing peanuts to towels), but small enough so the whole thing doesn’t jump around inside it! Secure it and you are done packing musical instruments that fall in the brass and woodwind category.
The trouble with strings when packing musical instruments
Stringed instruments might not be as easy to pack as the brass and woodwind ones. They will require some extra care on your side to successfully move! This is because of the way they work. The majority of these instruments uses the tension in the strings to function. This is great for art, but bad for moving. During the move, tense strings can easily break or damage, which you want to evade. Because of this, you will need to loose up each strings before packing musical instruments. If they also have tuning keys, like a guitar, you will need them parallel with the headstock.
One thing is the same for stringed and brass instruments, though. If you have a case for them, you will want to use it. This is true if you are taking them on a move or to a Brooklyn storage – the case they came in is perfect for them! However, the disadvantage here is that these instruments can usually jump around in their case. To stop this, you will need to use some padding like crumpled paper. Don’t use peanuts and similar small packing supplies, because they can get inside the instruments.
Again, if you don’t have the case, you will need to get creative with packing musical instruments with strings. You can use a garbage bag or a dry cleaning one – any plastic will do. Wrap them up in it, and then wrap them in bubble pack. That way, you are keeping them free of moisture during the move. The same thing will apply to the box as before – you need some wiggle room for the packing peanuts.
When it comes to packing your drum kit, things will start to become fun. This is usually one of the largest instruments you need to pack (other than moving the piano or a harp). This is because there are so many different pieces and parts of the drums that you need to pay attention to. So, first, you will want to take everything apart. Then, nest the drums into each other if possible, after removing their rims and heads. Keep smaller pieces like tension rods into plastic bags that you can seal shut. Of course, it goes without saying that you need to remember how to put everything back again.
After that, you will want a box that is a couple of inches larger than the drum itself. Again, this is so you can have a layer of protection there. You can also search through local music stores and even places like Walmart for instrument cases. They might even have special moving boxes that you can use, too! Finally, wrap all spurs, legs and similar parts in bubble pack, just like when packing musical instruments of any other kind. With that, you will be ready to go!
Of course, if you are unsure about packing musical instruments, or don’t know where to find the perfect packing supplies, then make sure to call us! We can help you with all the logistics of your move, as well as packing and moving your instruments with the highest level of professionalism and care! All you need to do is pick up your phone and call us today!