The No.1 Website for Pro Audio
 Search This Thread  Search This Forum  Search Reviews  Search Gear Database  Search Gear for sale  Search Gearslutz Go Advanced
Sending 2" tapes via ups?
Old 3rd January 2011
Here for the gear

Sending 2" tapes via ups?

Hey All,

I have some 2" master tapes that I need to overnight via UPS/fedex, etc.

Other than the obvious packing precautions, are there any other precautions, or things I should try and avoid to ensure they arrive ok? Worried about security and scanning devices while in transit...

any pointers are appreciated.

Let me know your thoughts.

Old 3rd January 2011
Lives for gear
79_Limited's Avatar

Sending 2" tapes via ups?

Have you priced Fedex Custom Critical? It will cost more but will give you piece of mind.
Old 3rd January 2011
Lives for gear
studiostuff's Avatar

(1) I'd back up the masters... and maybe even send the dupes if the project would allow.

(2) The best way and most peace of mind is to carry them yourself... unless there are 50 of 'em. I had some nice cases built that would carry four 2" reels in each case. Heavy, but worth it. Put those suckers in the overhead and pray they didn't come out on someone's head.

(3) I haven't carried 2" tape in a few years through airport security... but when I did, they always responded to my request for a hand check and not run them through the scanners. Never had a problem that way. These days, probably have to run through the scanners...

(4) If you have the budget and don't want to carry them yourself, consider hiring an air cargo carrier that will give them the special handling they deserve and someone you trust to go to the airport and pick them up from the air courier.
Post Reply

Welcome to the Gearslutz Pro Audio Community!

Registration benefits include:
  • The ability to reply to and create new discussions
  • Access to members-only giveaways & competitions
  • Interact with VIP industry experts in our guest Q&As
  • Access to members-only sub forum discussions
  • Access to members-only Chat Room
  • Get INSTANT ACCESS to the world's best private pro audio Classifieds for only USD $20/year
  • Promote your eBay auctions and listings for free
  • Remove this message!
You need an account to post a reply. Create a username and password below and an account will be created and your post entered.

Slide to join now Processing…
Thread Tools
Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Similar Threads
Thread Starter / Forum
trident fan / Electronic Music Instruments and Electronic Music Production
craschowder / So much gear, so little time
miercoles / So much gear, so little time

Forum Jump
Forum Jump