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Transporting Your Amp - Questions!

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Hi guys, 

I wanted to open a thread about transporting your amplifier - whether for repair or gigging purposes - because I posted something on Facebook which I’ve screenshotted below, and received a pretty interesting reply! I have previously took delivery of two Fender Deluxe Reverbs (‘65 reissues), and they were both knackered on delivery. 

I’m curious about the problem of transporting amps - if it is a problem at all - and wondered whether I should do something about it. Particularly interested in your answers to these questions: 

How many times do you have to transport your amp every year? 

How do you transport your amp - by car, courier etc. 

What is the main reason you might transport your amp - for repair, for a gig etc. 

 

If affirmative answers to the above: 

 

How many times have you used a main courier service (FedEx, TNT etc) to transport your amp, and how many times have you transported by car?

How do you feel about transporting your amp using one of these courier services, and how do you feel about transporting it by car?

Have you ever had a bad experience with one of these courier services transporting your amp, or transporting your amp by car?

 

I'd be interested to hear your thoughts!
 

Jack

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Tube amps and parcel chuckers do not good bedfellows make. I’ve had poor experiences of various couriers, not because of handling, but because of their tendency to fake signatures and just leave the delivery out in the open. If it’s feasible, transport the amp yourself, then you can make sure it’s showed firmly and safely and not have to worry about it not actually getting there.

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On 31/12/2019 at 22:15, ezbass said:

Tube amps and parcel chuckers do not good bedfellows make. I’ve had poor experiences of various couriers, not because of handling, but because of their tendency to fake signatures and just leave the delivery out in the open. If it’s feasible, transport the amp yourself, then you can make sure it’s showed firmly and safely and not have to worry about it not actually getting there.

Hey ezbass - thanks for the reply!

Interesting thoughts indeed. Do you think a courier service specifically for amps - operated by electrical/amplifier engineers who know how precious & fragile amps are - would be useful? I know there is the car option but people are busy, and this could be safer and more convenient. 

Jack

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Wouldn’t that be a marvellous thing, not just for amps, but for all musical equipment. Seems too niche to be a viable business proposition though.

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On 03/01/2020 at 20:28, ezbass said:

Wouldn’t that be a marvellous thing, not just for amps, but for all musical equipment. Seems too niche to be a viable business proposition though.

It's a lovely idea - perhaps if you were to extend the scope to other heavy-but-fragile items? After all, how many of us have ordered glassware or ceramics only to have them arrive upside down, with chipped rims and broken handles?

I'm sure a body like the MU would back it if musical equipment were listed as a specialism. There are probably enough horrifying pictures of splintered violins and cellos floating around social media to make such a service seem appealing!

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