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e-cue 20th August 2002 01:45 PM

So I own several racks of gear. Protools Rig, Gates Compressors, Avalons, RCA Comps, HUI, F-16, MP/Midi stuff, DJ equip, couple racks of obscure stuff, ok... enough bragging. Usually I don't need to take all this stuff with me to every session, so I have a runner I break down $50 or so to cart the gear around in his truck. If I cart all of my gear (a heavy load), I've used drum doctors in the past which is insured and gives me piece of mind. Shipping a distressor is one thing, shipping a tube compressor from the 1950's that's components (paper wound transformers) cannot easily be replaced is another.
But lately, the issue of doing gigs out of town has started to spring up more & more. Can anyone recommend a good national (us) and even international cartage company? Why do you choose them? Trust? Price? Convenience? And typically, who's cheaper? A buddy gave me a 2 hour lecture about how Rock-It Cargo effed his gear up. Jesus weeps everytime a piece of gear falls off a forklift.

Drumsound 21st August 2002 07:30 AM

I've also heard bad thing concerning Rock-It Cargo and forklifts. I just used Allied Van Lines. They have a special handling division. Everything is shipped in an Air Ride truck. They delivered my new Neotek (it was crated) and it showed up looking good. And it works unlike the last console that I had "professionals" move across town.

JayCrouch 21st August 2002 04:59 PM

Re: Cartage

Originally posted by e-cue
So I own several racks of gear. Protools Rig, Gates Compressors, Avalons, RCA Comps, HUI, F-16, MP/Midi stuff,
I worked with enough hiphop to know that you shave the C off of MPC, the funny thing is that

I had a client calling me up that was working with a MPC and DP3, kept on saying the DP with the MP and the MP with the DP and the DP to the MP, after a while everything in his studio seemed to be abbrevriated to end in a P, whats up with that?

do you have any track machines?

e-cue 21st August 2002 07:18 PM

Ha! The "Em Pee" got on my nerves at first too. Reminds me of the "Two Yoots", "What's a yoot?", "Sorry, the two Youttthhhhsss" thing.

As far as track machines, yeah, my rack of 888's.

Fletcher 25th August 2002 03:45 PM

First of all, "Rock-It Cargo", like "Sound Moves" are freight forwarders... nothing more, nothing less. They merely book trucks, planes, etc. to get your **** from point A to point B. They don't own fork lifts, they own telephones and contacts with people at transit companies.

For larger moves [like consoles, 24trks, etc.] N. American Van Lines "Hi-Value/Blanket Wrap" service comes in very handy... but if you're talking about moving a bunch of **** across country... unless you can afford to have your racks tied up for a week, you're talking 'air cargo'... in which case, I seem to have had the best luck with United, and the worst experiences with American Airlines [coincidentally, an airline that Rock-It Cargo seems to favor].

The bottom line is that is that it's your responsibility to have your **** racked in cases so they can withstand a good 6-10 foot fall on their face, onto concrete... it's also your responsibility to have some pretty solid insurance on your ****, that includes paying for replacement rentals during down time due to cartage mishaps.

Good cases aren't cheap on the initial purchase, but the money they will save you over the years from lack of downtime, makes them a very wise investment. If you really want to get into it, you can have them pre wired to interface with every studio on the planet... there is a myriad of options... and all of them are fairly expensive... but always seem to work out cheapest in the long run.

Best of luck.