Accessories 2021: Packaging and Shipping a Violin


A method for sending instruments long distances, giving the smallest possibility of damage to the package’s contents

One of the joys of lutherie is witnessing the moment when bow meets string, and life is ignited into the instrument. Unfortunately this is another small pleasure the Covid pandemic has eliminated, as instruments can no longer be delivered to musicians in person, and one must instead find alternative routes. In addition to this, as businesses expand and reputations become known, it is more important than ever for makers and musicians to be able to send instruments globally.

It can be a nail-biting affair, waiting to open that box and see how much of the violin is left after its perilous journey! The three main risks concerning shipping are: varnish damage; pegs slipping, which means the finely tuned set-up is lost; and sleepless nights for both the senders and the receivers.

The below method of packaging and shipping instruments uses a shipment to America as an example. At the end is a checklist of documentation required for luthiers based in the UK to ship their products abroad…

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