Being a musician has it’s perks, but there are also times when you want to curse the day that you decided to pick up an instrument. Usually that happens when it’s time for a big move. Most musicians take pride in their instruments and work hard to keep them in good condition, but when embarking on a major move, it can be difficult to properly pack your gear. Here are some tips to help you when moving your music gear.
Pack and stack
Working with limited space? Packing a cargo van? Moving in a box truck? No matter what your move is, chances are you will be working with limited space, remember to pack smart and stack your items. Don’t apply pressure on your most fragile items. Do you have vinyl records in a milk crate? Don’t stack them! Stacking exposed vinyl can lead to bent and broken records.
Hardcases are your friend
If you are a musician who displays your instruments on stands then it’s time to invest in some great hardshell cases. Hardshell cases aren’t just great for moving to a new place, but they are great for gigging as well! Make sure you get something durable and that has great reviews.
You’re the artist – get creative!
Make sure that you have plenty of padding when packing your instruments. Have some old Van Halen t-shirts? Use soft fabrics like tshirts and towels to line and protect your instrument packaging for extra security and safety.
Do you have valuable gear? Make sure you keep inventory of everything you’ll be bringing on your move. Create a spreadsheet of the items you’re packing, it’s value, and any noticable marks/scratches.
Give it time to unwind
Now that you’ve moved and settled in, give your instruments 24 hours to get acclimated to the new weather conditions/environment before playing. This is especially important for stringed and woodwind instruments.
What tips do you have for moving your music gear? Share in the comments below!
Chris Pizzolo is a native New Yorker who has been immersed in the music industry for the last half decade. Chris currently runs the New York City based music website Play Too Much where they host a weekly videos, podcasts, and events!