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csl 24th October 2018 09:45 PM

Moving Overseas. Recommendations for Shipping Racks and Monitors?
 
We're planning on moving from the UK to the Netherlands, and I'm worried about shifting studio gear. I've got a couple of sturdy flight racks, but still I'm thinking I should send these separately rather than entrust movers with specialist equipment alongside our books, CDs, pans and clothes etc.

Has anyone been in a similar position? Any tips or service recommendations (for Europe)? Is sending gear separately the way to go? I'm rather worried about the prospect of either losing or damaging monitors, so any information would be fantastic. Thanks!

Synth Guru 26th October 2018 03:33 AM

I haven't moved any studio gear, but have had a lot of moves during the past 30 yrs. I would highly recommend wrapping the monitors in thick bubble wrap before putting them in a cardboard box. Afterwards wrap another layer of bubble wrap around the cardboard box and then place it inside a wood crate.

https://mrshrinkwrap.com/media/wysiw...ging-crate.jpg

https://eastcoastcourier.files.wordp.../07/crates.jpg

I would also do the same for the other studio gear.

uptheoctave 26th October 2018 04:25 AM

I moved a moderately sizeable studio from the UK to Singapore back in June.
It massively helps if you have original boxes for things- I had the original boxes for about 70% of what I owned.

The rest either went into rack cases or I made up boxes for them- for instance my Dynaudio BM6a's had to be double boxed to protect the speaker cones.
My Kii Three monitors I had the boxes for and they would be a complete pain otherwise.

Anything I had the boxes for still got wrapped in bubblewrap and wrapped in paper or boxed again.
Some things, like my SSL Nucleus 2, was put in its original packing (2 boxes), then wrapped in bubble wrap and boxed again.
Large keyboards (such as Matrixbrute) were triple boxed.
The piano and any screens (TV's, computer monitors, iMac 27") were individually crated.

This might seem extreme but I've done quite a few international moves now and I've had things get broken when I don't take the proper precautions.

Everything was crated (we had a 40ft container) and the most important thing is an insurance policy for replacement value in the country you are moving to.
In our case that was hugely expensive because Singapore is expensive for music gear.

Nothing arrived broken though but if the container had been lost (it happens) then I'd have been able to replace everything.

This is what we started with:

https://scontent.fsin1-1.fna.fbcdn.n...49&oe=5C849AD5

This is what it all looked like before we put it in the crates:

https://scontent.fsin1-1.fna.fbcdn.n...12&oe=5C402F75

csl 26th October 2018 08:56 AM

Excellent info, thanks guys!

I've got a decent amount of original packaging, plus some flight cases for the rack gear, so at the very least, I should double box these. Perhaps crate the synth (Virus TI2), computer and screen?

I'm going to have to look into insurance though, as I don't suppose the removal insurance will be worth anything.

octatonic -- do you always use Crown Relocation?

Thanks again for the help! Makes the process a little less unnerving.

chrisso 26th October 2018 09:11 AM

Holland is SO close to the UK. Less than a few hours drive away.
Get yourself a rental van, pack your gear in it and take it yourself. No 3rd party are going to care for it as well as you. It will be A LOT cheaper also. Can't quite believe you are looking at shipping companies.
Go on the train from Ashford, and drive through Belgium. I've done it before with a van full of gear.
Get yourself a short term storage in Holland and return the van back to the UK before moving.
Do it before Brexit when everything might become more complex.

uptheoctave 26th October 2018 09:26 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by csl (Post 13592701)
octatonic -- do you always use Crown Relocation?

Often but not always.

csl 26th October 2018 10:27 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by chrisso (Post 13592718)
Holland is SO close to the UK. Less than a few hours drive away.
Get yourself a rental van, pack your gear in it and take it yourself. No 3rd party are going to care for it as well as you. It will be A LOT cheaper also. Can't quite believe you are looking at shipping companies.
Go on the train from Ashford, and drive through Belgium. I've done it before with a van full of gear.
Get yourself a short term storage in Holland and return the van back to the UK before moving.
Do it before Brexit when everything might become more complex.

Thanks -- definitely an option if I ditch furniture. Yep, plan to head over within the next couple of months.

chrisso 26th October 2018 10:32 AM

Don't get me wrong. get your household contents shipped by a removal company. But take your hi-tech studio gear yourself in a van! I definitely wouldn't trust it to a third party and I wouldn't spend that money when Holland is so close and so easy to get to.
FWIW, I shipped my entire gear set up from the UK to Australia in 2005 and back again in 2015 using a shipping company.
It ain't fun.

Deleted User 26th October 2018 12:03 PM

even if just moving down the block, better safe than sorry. overkill does not apply.