I am looking into purchasing a pre-owned pedal harp. I only have a sedan right now, so I am considering renting a minivan for the day to go and pickup the harp and bring it home. I’m trying to consider if it would make sense for me to also take the wooden shipping crate that comes with the harp. (I’m looking at an 1960’s Lyon and Healy Style 15.)
The harp does not come with a travel case and only has a slip cover. My question is what is the best way to transport the harp home? (I live 4 hours away from the seller.) If I took the wooden shipping crate, would it be safe for me to put the harp inside it and load the crate into the minivan with horizontal? Or is it in the best interest of the harp to transport it alone in the minivan and to secure it with blankets and pillows to protect it from bumps in the drive?
Thank in you in advance for any insight you can provide!