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VN73: Violin
Maker: George Wulme-Hudson
Date: circa. 1925
Origin: London, England
Length of Back: 355mm, 14"
String Length: 326mm
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VC75: Cello
Maker: Georges Mougenot
Date: late 19th century
Origin: Brussels
Length of Back: 757mm
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VNB74: Violin Bow
Maker: Albert Fischer
Origin: Germany
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VA70: Viola
Maker: Michael Scoggins
Date: 1988
Origin: Salt Lake City Utah
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Shipping a Bow: via FedEx

Before you ship please contact us directly by email or phone.

We have found the safest way to ship bows is with a PVC Tube, inserted into a Triangular Fedex Box measuring 6" x 6" x 36"  these can be ordered online through Fedex or purchased at a Fedex mailing post.

  • We prefer FedEx because they provide tracking. Avoid shipping late in the week if there is a possibility for your bow to remain with the carrier over the weekend. Please try to ship with no longer than 3 days in transit.
  • Make sure your instrument insurer covers your bow in transit, otherwise consider getting a temporary rider on your instrument policy. Do not purchase insurance through Fedex; very few claims are ever paid, it is a waste of your money.
  • Buy a length of PVC pipe from your hardware store that is 32" to 34" long to allow for padding at each end.  End caps are available to fit the pipe, and are usually located in the same aisle.  For violin or viola bows buy 1-½" or 2" diameter for a single bow, buy 2" diameter pipe for a single cello bow, and 3" or 4" diameter for multiple bows.
  • Include your contact information with your bow inside the box.

    Filling the triangular box: put a layer of padding on the bottom and place your bow case in the center, continue to fill around your case with packing peanuts until you reach the top of the box. Gently shake the box to settle the packing peanuts, adding more as needed. Make sure the case is centered and unable to move inside the box. Pad the top of the box with a bit of bubble wrap then seal the top of the box with packing tape. Seal both ends of the triangular tube with packing tape.

SHIPPING A CELLO-Always use Fedex

 We try to avoid shipping cellos if possible, sometimes there is no alternative. It might be best to enlist the help of a local shop dealer or luthier to help you, someone who has experience with packing a cello for shipment.

Here is a Youtube video courtesty of Robertson Violins that is helpful to watch I do not ever put a full size cello in a cloth case. Most of the cellos we sell are fine and valuable instruments and need to be packed with extreme care in a hard case with an outside flight cover case.

The box size I use is width 23”, length 58”, depth 16”. I put foam wedges under the tailpiece and under the fingerboard of the cello and make sure it is snug in the case. I put a Bam cello case in it's flight cover, put it in the box, and fill any remaining space with packing material, peanuts, foam, bubble wrap. As you can see in the video above, It is important to add styrafoam or more cardboard at the top and bottom of the box, and along the sides of the box in case the cardboard get pierced during shipment.


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