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  • #105906
    gena-mcclure
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    Has anyone ever done this? Or it is always preferable to have it transported via a harp moving company? I need to move my harp across the country (for a move)–not a gig.

    #105907
    catherine-rogers
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    Personally I’d send it via truck shipping company like the harp companies do. If you don’t have a trunk, you can buy a shipping carton from the harp company. Or you may know someone with a trunk who’d like to get rid of it and will let you use it if you’ll dispose of it later or ship it back. If you have to drive your own car to your new home, take the harp in the car with you. I’d trust movers with my china but not my harp.

    #105908
    Misty Harrison
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    a lot of people I know have driven their harps when they moved

    #105909

    I have done it with a trunk. You have to make sure what kind of aircraft is being used and that the freight door is large enough for the trunk to get in. The problem is in the local transfer people who pick it up and drop it off. If you can deliver it to the airport and pick it up, it is better, but they may not allow it.

    That’s why we desperately need a network of concert-quality harps available for performance use in all major cities.

    #105910
    Misty Harrison
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    true Saul but in this case she’s moving.

    #105911
    john-strand
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    Yes about 15 years ago though – had to play a family wedding in Vancouver BC – couldn’t find a harp up there to rent so ended up shipping my concert grand from San Antonio to Seattle, renting a van, picking up the harp at the airport and driving across the border to Vancouver -and then everything in reverse order – that saved some complex customs paperwork that was in store if I shipped direct to Vancouver plus I think it was going to be lots more money because it was going out of the states
    #105912
    Jessica A
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    I heard Zabaleta bought an extra seat and it rode with him and his helper who was a big strong man who moved it.

    #105913
    Kevin Lee
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    I would recommend a flight case. If you only have one move and no use for a case on a regular basis then I would recommend the cardboard heavy duty boxes that the harps come in. Make sure you have insurance on the instrument. For removalists, you could either try a dedicated instrument mover like companies that specialize in piano’s or a alternatively a good quality reliable dependable furniture removalist.

    #105914
    gena-mcclure
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    I thought about buying an extra seat on a plane, but I checked the regulations and the instrument has to be buckled in like a person. There’s no way my pedal harp would fit. This is really a dilemna.

    #105915

    This is anecdotal, as I am not sure if I heard it, or read it somewhere, and perhaps someone else can confirm:

    Osian Ellis, well known Welsh harpist, shipped his pedal harp in a case, from the U.S. back to the U.K. in the cargo hold. An employee there believed it was a coffin and meant to be buried at sea – it was dumped out of the plane, over the ocean.

    #105916
    Misty Harrison
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    oh heavens

    #105917
    Misty Harrison
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    I want to be helpful and you sound like a nice person but I have to ask

    why don’t you ship it with a freight company that ships harps regularly

    the harp companies all use freight companies to ship their harps

    unles you live in Chicago your harp was most likely shipped by freight at some point in order to get to you or the store you purchased it at or to get to the person you purchased the harp from

    many people have given you suggestions on this forum

    ship the harp. send the harp by plane in the cargo hold. drive the harp.

    there’s not much more we can suggest for you short of selling your harp and purchasing another where you are moving

    I mean this nicely but

    it’s not a dilemma it’s just a decision make it and get on with it

    #105918
    galen-reed
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    The comment about a trunk fitting through an airplane’s cargo door seemed appropo – one has to think of virtually

    #105919
    galen-reed
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    … and the airline immediately accepted full financial liability, and has already sent the check.

    #105920

    Moving across country can be done by truck. I would get the large cardboard box from Lyon & Healy, if that’s what would fit, and find a trucking company that will take it in one vehicle, no transfers, with temperature control if in the summer. If it has to transfer once, in Chicago, that would not be too bad, as the boxes are well padded.

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