How Do I Ship a Musical Instrument Safely and Securely?

Whether you are the owner of a music shop, a part of a symphony or a musician, safely shipping your musical instrument can be stressful to say the least.  As your premier shipping company specializing in packing and crating, here are some guidelines on how to safely and securely ship your musical instrument.

In General

All the general rules of shipping apply regardless of what type of musical instrument you are looking to ship.  These rules include:

  • Use quality packing materials – this includes packing tape, bubble wrap, sturdy boxes.
  • Invest in a good case – be sure that your instrument fits securely in the case to prevent any shifting during its destination.
  • Insurance – take out an insurance policy on your instrument before shipping. This way even if something does happen, it will be covered by your insurer.


For stringed instruments such as violins, guitars and basses, use the following shipping guidelines.

  • Loosen the strings – remove the tension on the strings before packing your instrument. This will ensure that your strings will not snap while the instrument is in transit.
  • Properly wrap the headstock. Use bubble wrap or soft cloth to wrap the neck of your instrument as they need extra support in this area.
  • Secure your stringed instrument. Be sure that your case is strong and rigid enough to withstand shifting or jostling.


Instruments such as trumpets, trombones and tubas should be packed according to these guidelines.

  • Wrap each piece individually. Use bubble wrap or soft cloth and wrap each piece to prevent them from bumping into each other and scratching or damaging the instrument.
  • Use rigid boxes with foam to protect large or oversized pieces such as trombone slides. This will avoid any bending or damage.


Woodwinds such as clarinets should be shipped with the following guidelines.

  • Secure the instrument in a rigid case that will prevent any movement.
  • Cover the instrument in bubble wrap before packing it in its case for extra protection.
  • Wrap loose joints to prevent any movement.


Many percussion instruments cannot fit in cases, so use the following guidelines to protect them.

  • Remove the hoops and heads of bigger drums. This will allow you to put smaller drums inside the larger drums.  Then you can put the hoops and heads back on and secure them with tape.
  • Wrap all exteriors with bubble wrap to protect them during their journey.

By following these guidelines, you will be able to safely and securely ship any musical instrument.  If you have other questions about shipping musical instruments or are interested in our shipping services, please contact us today.  We would love to be a part of your shipping network and look forward to working with you soon.