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Shipping question-grand harp

  • 1.  Shipping question-grand harp

    Posted 12 days ago
    Fellow CAUT techs, would anyone happen to know a recommendation on who may be best to use for shipping a nice grand harp from Michigan to Amarillo, Texas??
    I suppose we could check with Piano Moving companies...but I'm out of my area of specialty for sure. (It's for my nieces daughter-been taking harp lessons for about 6 years using a rental. Now advancing)
    Kevin F

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    [Kevin] [Fortenberry] [RPT]
    [Staff Techician]
    [Texas Tech Univ]
    [Lubbock] [TX]
    [8067783962]
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  • 2.  RE: Shipping question-grand harp

    Posted 12 days ago
    Hi, Kevin,

    Is it a full-size pedal harp? And does it still have its own case, and any of the original packing material, shipping box etc? I have had good luck with a couple of the smaller piano moving companies handling odd items for me, but a big harp can be so fragile and expensive. If you Google the topic, you see lots of options, including one option to have a packing box filled with that expanding foam stuff (the harp is inside its case and wrapped in plastic, of course) by FedEx or UPS.

    You might want to check with Ward Guthrie. His daughter played harp extensively, and I know she was in California for a while then back to Montana. She may have some experience with shipping her harp, and Ward might be familiar with the problems too.

    I played pedal harp myself for a while, many years back. Good luck.

    Kathy




  • 3.  RE: Shipping question-grand harp

    Posted 11 days ago
    Suggest you contact a harp company located in Atlanta that i think is called the Atlantic Harp Center. Lyon & Healy in Chicago may also be able to help you.
    I am not sure FedEx would want such an item- it may require building a shipping crate and special handling. Not sure what may need to be done to take the tension down if anything. I built a lever harp from a kit with my youngest daughter and it came out awesome . To bring the tension up it took 50 tunings. No pedals or cables for the pedals as would be on a pedal harp. I know when we move it we wrap it in piano blankets secured with web straps


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    James Kelly
    Pawleys Island SC
    843-325-4357
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  • 4.  RE: Shipping question-grand harp

    Posted 6 days ago
    ALG  Worldwide is the freight company that most harp makers use to ship harps......martin
    www.snowpianos.com

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    Martin Snow
    South Burlington VT
    617-543-1030
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  • 5.  RE: Shipping question-grand harp

    Posted 6 days ago
    Thanks Martin! And everyone else! You all are amazing!
    (I know it's supposed to be "YAUL"! So no corrections please!)

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    [Kevin] [Fortenberry] [RPT]
    [Staff Techician]
    [Texas Tech Univ]
    [Lubbock] [TX]
    [8067783962]
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