Posted: Feb 23, 2007 5:19 am |
Edited by: OrganMiscreant
My ex (Blair B aka Miscreant Organ) collects organs and is constantly shipping them and getting them shipped. I e-mailed him this thread to see if he can give you any advice. I know he used to use fedex ground a lot... but anyway, I am sure he will tell you something...
That's OrganMiscreant! <grin>
Actually, I haven't shipped one in years. I friggin' hate boxing those suckers. And then, once they're boxed, you have to find a way to lug 'em around. Pain in the ass! And the ones I shipped were heavy-ass suckers, too.
As to FedEx Ground...I dunno these days. Really, I've had issues w/both UPS and FedEx. Note: I'm saying this from the receiver's side of things, not that of the shipper.
To ship one, however, I recommend the following:
1) Wrap the hell out of it in bubble wrap. And I mean do it over and over again.
2) Double-box it, possibly with an extra layer of bubble-stuff around the inside box. Really, if the organ has a lid, the insides and the keys, etc. are not going to get hurt. Those lids were usually made of pretty strong wood. Of course, if yours doesn't have a lid, then, uh...Yeah, make sure s/he at least double-boxes it.
3) Make sure it's insured for what you've paid for it.
I've bought a bunch of organs on eBay, but probably more via Craigslist. I just prefer that, 'cuz I can check it out first.
The VIP 345 is pretty cool, as Farfisa 70s organs go. A friend of mine had one and it sounded great through his Leslie. Really thick, chunky, and brutal. It doesn't have the classic 60s organ sound, but I still like the sound.
You can read more about them on the Combo Organ Heaven Farfisa page