Shipping Vintage Ludwig Set

abryantp

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I purchased a set and it had $200 as the shipping costs. The owner is now claiming it is going to cost $450 + to ship it and he was quoted this from multiple companies. He wants to cancel the sale because of this. It is a 22,13,16 60's Ludwig and I have never heard of shipping being that much from Michigan to California.

Any help or suggestions y'all?
 
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He's probably using three big boxes, maybe he could telescope three drums into one box? That's the way these days.
 

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Maybe that's the cost of the shipping company to pack them and everything.
Just shipped shouldn't be anywhere near that.
 

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Let them cancel and write a bad review. I doubt anyone will ever accept that cost.
 

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That's crazy. Even two large boxes via ups ground or FedEx ground should be half of that, tops. Greyhound even cheaper.

I've shipped at least a dozen sets over the past few years.
 
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Two years ago I boxed and shipped a three piece set to Texas from Northern Illinois, Fedex. It was 400 bucks.
 

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Done correctly, it should cost less than $150. Recently shipped a Yamaha recording custom with deep toms; 10, 12, 14, 16. 22 and two stands from GA to AZ for less than $150.
Since the shipper sounds like a newbie, if the deal does happen, make sure the seller removes the hoops from the bass drum before shipping.
 

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I think the seller just had sellers remorse - I let him back out of the deal. Hoping that good karma sends another great deal my way!
 

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I shipped a 10/12/14/20/14 snare kit from Cali to the East Coast a few years ago (in 2 boxes) for $150. The OP's s/h costs sound way too high. USPS lost one of the 2 boxes for a week, but thankfully it did surface intact!

Currently, I am trying to figure out how to ship a Gretsch kit (12/14/18) to a DFO'er in Switzerland. I nested them into one large (24x24x24) box weight 70 lbs. with significant packaging to ensure (?) safe arrival. USP quoted $985, Fedex $1,100 and USPS refused to give me an online quote.

Anyone have a better suggestion to send this kit?
 

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I shipped a 10/12/14/20/14 snare kit from Cali to the East Coast a few years ago (in 2 boxes) for $150. The OP's s/h costs sound way too high. USPS lost one of the 2 boxes for a week, but thankfully it did surface intact!

Currently, I am trying to figure out how to ship a Gretsch kit (12/14/18) to a DFO'er in Switzerland. I nested them into one large (24x24x24) box weight 70 lbs. with significant packaging to ensure (?) safe arrival. USP quoted $985, Fedex $1,100 and USPS refused to give me an online quote.

Anyone have a better suggestion to send this kit?
Check out DHL.
 

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I shipped a 10/12/14/20/14 snare kit from Cali to the East Coast a few years ago (in 2 boxes) for $150. The OP's s/h costs sound way too high. USPS lost one of the 2 boxes for a week, but thankfully it did surface intact!

Currently, I am trying to figure out how to ship a Gretsch kit (12/14/18) to a DFO'er in Switzerland. I nested them into one large (24x24x24) box weight 70 lbs. with significant packaging to ensure (?) safe arrival. USP quoted $985, Fedex $1,100 and USPS refused to give me an online quote.

Anyone have a better suggestion to send this kit?
If you cut down the height of your 24" cube to 18" (assuming your bass drum is 14" deep) you just make the cutoff for USPS to ship to Switzerland, and the shipping will be way under $150. Make sure to remove the hoops and lay them over the shell.
The maximum size for shipping to most of Europe and Asia is 108". The formula is 3 x the longest size plus 2 x the height. (24x3= 72 + (2 x 18) = 108.)

Best to cut the height down to a little under 18" in case you have a postal worker that's a sticker with a ruler.

And why does an alien head appear when you write the number eighteen??
 

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^this^

I'd use a home depot extra large box (22x22x20) and cut down the vertical 20" as much as possible. 22x22" will give you plenty of room to protect a 18" bass drum.

As the poster above said, the key is to keep the overall combined dimensions at 108" or less.

Also, if you get a FedEx account you automatically save 15% and can print your own shipping labels.
 
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https://www.busfreighter.com/ - They are a broker for Greyhound Package Express (GPX). In June I shipped a 22, 16, 13, 12 kit in three boxes for $99 from AZ to NC. Much less expensive than going to Greyhound directly and a fraction the price of FedEx/UPS.
+1, just worked up a quote for exactly the above (not drums but similar size & weight household goods for a relative), 3 cartons, NC to AZ via GPX...best method & price for sure...
 

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I have a FedEx account which was free and I have a UPS account through Reverb or eBay, which was also free. And when you book online and print labels, it's much cheaper than going to the store or the actual hub. This is my advice to anyone that ships stuff especially drums.
 

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Jazzdrumguy, if it's still out there, I used what I believe was called IP parcel to ship internationally. They were by far the cheapest.
 


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