shipping a blues junior, some advice needed please

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  1. born2tele

    born2tele TDPRI Member

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    Hi all!

    I'm shipping a blues junior from London to sweden
    via Parcelforce and I could need some help so
    I don't screw it all up :rolleyes:

    How do I remove the tubes safely? How to pack it up in the cardboard box etc.

    Any help/advice would be very much appreciated!

    Thanks

    /Jonas
     
  2. Rasputan

    Rasputan Tele-Meister

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    I don't know if you have to remove
    the tubes.

    When I got mine, it was in the shipping
    box upside down. I heard that was how
    Fender ships their amps.

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  3. Billm

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    When I ship internationally, I get a heavy cardboard box, line it with 1-inch foam padding, glue the foam in place with hot-melt glue, wrap the amp in bubble wrap, put a sheet of cardboard over the grille, and lay it face-down in the box. I either remove the tubes or pad them in place with more foam.

    The box doesn't weigh much, but is very strong and withstands postal and freight services.

    The box you get from a retail store is not strong enough to withstand shipping. It's designed to be on a pallet in a truck, not moving through package handling systems. It needs to be double-boxed, or the amp needs to be protected as above.
     
  4. cmm71

    cmm71 Tele-Meister Silver Supporter

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    Ah, the age old question, "to leave tubes in or to remove them for shipping". I'm a 'leave the tubes in' guy but it seems I'm in the minority. Fender does ship all their amps with the tubes in so I'm in good company. Unless the sockets are loose and the tubes will fall out I feel that tubes are just as secure (if not more so) in their sockets as they would be packed seperately.
     
  5. born2tele

    born2tele TDPRI Member

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    Thanks for the tips, I don't have a double cardboard box but I'll tape it like crazy and hope it holds together!
     
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