Packing Tips for Musical Instruments — Self Storage in Canton Ohio
Are you a music lover and faced with the problem of moving your musical instruments from one place to another? Are you storing some musical instruments in a self storage facility for a while? Packing musical instruments needs to be done with special care and it is best left to a specialist packing company with the materials and experience to ensure your valuable possessions stay in one piece, but if you are contemplating packing your own instruments here are some tips that may help you to decide how best to go about it.
- Most musical instruments benefit from proper climate control. One of the advantages of using a packing company that is specialized in packing these sorts of objects is that they should maintain the level of humidity and temperature that best suits the instruments. If you are not sure about the company, make sure that you ask whether they are used to packing and moving musical instruments and what procedures they use to protect them. Maintaining the right climate to take care of your instrument includes control of humidity and temperature in the van or tuck that takes your instruments as well as any place they are stored, even temporarily.
- If your instrument has its own case or box, then it should be packed within its box and not separately in packing material or put into a larger box with other instruments. When putting your instrument away for the last time before packing it, use as much loose bubble wrap as possible to fill all the gaps inside the box.
- String instruments like guitars, violins and cellos, should have their strings loosened before they are wrapped in bubble wrap. They should be replaced inside their boxes after being wrapped up.
- Brass instruments should be packed inside their boxes after removal of the mouthpiece. Again, bubble wrap or crumpled up paper should be used for internal packing.
- If your instrument has no box of its own, find a box that is only just larger than the instrument. Pack around the instrument carefully as if you would have done if there was a dedicated box.
- All larger instruments should be packed inside a hard box, but smaller instruments can be packed inside softer bags.
- Some larger instruments, like drums, may be able to be dismantled to help packing them more securely.
- Pianos and organs are much harder to pack because of their size. Any moving part on them, like lids and pedals should be firmly secured in place, and then the whole instrument should be covered in some sort of padding. Old blankets and quilts are good materials to use for these larger instruments.
- Avoid moving instruments together in the same box. It is better to leave each instrument, if there are a number of them, in its own box and move it independently of the others.
- Remember that your instrument may need retuning after moving or having been left in storage for any length of time. Most instruments should be allowed to reacclimatize back to normal room temperature if they have been stored in cool conditions.
If you still have questions about properly storing your musical instruments, contact Fohl Self Storage in Canton Ohio at (330) 484-1370.