How to ship a drum kit abroad and domestically?

Almost every rock, pop, or jazz music band has a drummer who sets the rhythm of the song. In fact, a drummer needs to manage a whole drum set which usually contains some drums, toms, cymbals, accessories, and hardware. Currently, both acoustic and electronic drum kits are popular among musicians, but the latter is mainly used for rehearsals rather than concerts.

At Eurosender, we acknowledge that almost any drummer would prefer an acoustic drum kit due to the sound it produces, especially during the concerts or performances. However, its transportation is difficult because of its complexity and size. That is why we have prepared some guidelines on how to arrange a drum kit for shipping and send it via courier services.

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How to arrange a drum kit for shipping?

The first thing you need to do is to protect the package properly whether you want to send a drum kit overseas or domestically. Thus, we provide a list of materials necessary for drum kit protection and packaging:

  • Cardboard boxes. It is preferable to use original boxes provided together with a drum kit initially. In case you do not have one, you can buy cardboard boxes at the office supply store.
  • Scrap paper. You can use newspapers or heavy brown paper to fill voids inside the box.
  • Cardboard scrap. We recommend using cardboard scrap both for wall protection and wrapping the outside of drums.
  • Bubble wrap. Use it for covering fragile and small items of the drum kit. Bubble wrap grants additional protection to larger items. You can find it at any stationary or hardware store.
  • Packing tape. It is necessary for securing the elements of the drum kit, additional packaging materials, and the box itself.
  • Drum key. This item is essential for assembling and disassembling the items of the drum kit before shipping.

Tips for packing a drum kit

Before sending a drum kit via courier, you need to pack it accordingly by following step-by-step instructions. This is necessary to avoid any damages during transportation even if you choose the most reliable and trustworthy logistics service providers. We acknowledge that there are various configurations of drums sets, but we explain how to pack the set of three to five pieces (drums).

    1. Strip the hardware. Remove the stands, legs, and other hardware items, and put them aside.
    2. Prepare the bass drum. First of all, you need to remove drum hoops and drum heads. Then, wrap the bass drum hoops with bubble wrap and slide them onto the bass drum shell.
    3. Pack drums. Use bubble wrap for protection of the bass drum and a floor tom. Wrap it around the diameter two times, take cardboard scrap to cover bubble wrap, and fix it with packing tape. Repeat this procedure for all drums except the snare drum.
    4. Prepare the box for the bass drum. Put a layer of bubble wrap or packing paper on the bottom of the box and create additional protection of the walls with cardboard scrap.
    5. Put drums in the box. Place the drum bass shell inside the box, then nest a floor tom into it. Remove one head from the floor tom and put a hanging tom inside it. For larger sets, additional floor and hanging toms could be packed separately by adhering to the principle of nesting drums.
    6. Prepare the bass drum heads. Put the bass drum heads in the appropriate box and make sure those do not shift around it. Afterwards, fill all remaining voids inside the box with the drums and put a smaller one with the bass drum heads on top. You can fill the upper part of the box with packing peanuts.
    7. Pack the snare drum. As the shape of the snare drum is flattened in comparison to others, it is better to pack it separately. Cover the drum with bubble wrap and cardboard scrap. Prepare the box as described in step 4 and put the snare drum inside it.
    8. Pack the cymbals. Cover each cymbal with bubble wrap and secure it with adhesive tape. Prepare the box as described in step 4 and put the biggest cymbal on the bottom first. Separate each cymbal with a layer of cardboard scrap. Fill the voids with bubble wrap or scrap paper to make the cymbals immobile.
    9. Wrap small hardware items. Use bubble wrap and adhesive tape for packing the tensions rods and claws. Put them inside the floor tom or other empty spaces. Fill all the voids in the box with scrap paper or bubble wrap and reinstall the floor tom head.
    10. Pack the hardware. Wrap cymbal stands, hi-hat stand, bass drum pedals, floor tom legs, and other pieces of hardware separately. Depending on the size and weight of the box along with the empty spaces available, you can place some hardware elements inside as well. However, you need to make sure that they will not damage the drums.
    11. Pack other items. You can put a box with cymbals and remaining hardware elements into a bigger box. Similar to the bass drum box preparation, put a layer of bubble wrap or scrap paper on the bottom. It is recommended to put the hardware elements on the bottom of the box so that they do not shift around it. Put the box with cymbals on top and fill the voids with scrap paper.
    12. Prepare all the boxes for shipping. Seal each box and secure all sides with packing tape. You can arrange a drum kit for shipping depending on its configuration and the number of items. Simply put smaller boxes with cymbals, floor toms, or hanging toms into a bigger one. However, make sure that the entire package is not overweight and that its components are placed correctly.

In case you need any clarifications or more information on how to pack and ship a drum kit, you can contact us via e-mail or phone. Our experienced logistics experts and customer support agents will gladly help you to assist you.

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Eurosender helps to send a drum kit via courier easily

As Eurosender collaborates and partners with reliable logistics companies, you will be provided with the most suitable courier service provider for your shipment. Sending a drum kit via courier is easy and safe because our logistics partners do everything possible to protect your packages properly. Thus, you do not need to worry about your drum kit because it would be unscathed. You might ship a drum kit abroad or inland for different reasons, so we introduce some tips on how to do it fast and easy:

  • Prior to placing an order, you should pack a drum kit by following the guidelines mentioned above. Take all the necessary measures of the parcels then. Afterwards, you need to insert such characteristics as dimensions and weight of each package into the Shipment Size Checker. Based on this, you will find out whether your shipment fits standard services or an individual offer would be a better option in the case.
  • Fill in the order form by providing such details as the pick-up and delivery countries, the parameters of parcels, and the expected pickup date. Make sure to place an order at least 2 days earlier before that date. Complete the order form by indicating your personal and payment details. Afterwards, the estimated delivery date will be calculated and the tracking number will be sent to you.
  • If you want to ship a drum kit overseas or inland, Eurosender will help you with that task. A courier from the automatically chosen logistics company will collect your shipment from the indicated address. You do not need to worry about carrying your heavy packages to a distant location owing to door-to-door shipping services.

The reasons for shipping a drum kit with Eurosender

Considering the years of experience in the logistics market, Eurosender can help you to send a drum kit via courier services effectively. There are several obvious reasons for that:

  • Our algorithm generates the best offer based on the price to performance ratio. Thus, you get the most cost-effective and the fastest option for your shipment.
  • Each package is insured for up to 200 euro. In case your drum kit is rather expensive, we recommend you to choose additional insurance that will be added at a small extra price.
  • Recommendations and pieces of advice regarding packing and shipping your packages are also given
  • We provide comprehensive support assistance in 15 languages and help to solve any potential delivery problem.

In case you need any clarifications or more information on how to pack and ship a drum kit, you can contact us via e-mail or phone. Our experienced logistics experts and customer support agents will gladly help you to assist you.

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