How to send a trombone or brass instrument


Hard case

Bubble wrap and polystyrene

Parcel tape

Large cardboard box

When you need to send a musical instrument by courier, there are a few precautions to take to ensure that your musical instrument arrives undamaged. Packing a musical instrument for shipping is straightforward and with a little care at this stage, will save any heartache later.

First remove the mouth piece and slide and pack separately. Line the hard case with bubble wrap and wrap the body of the instrument with bubble wrap. The slide can be packed in a postal tube, often available free at the post office.

Make sure there is bubble wrap inside the bell to keep the rim from making any contact with the case and fill any voids with packaging peanuts, polystyrene, or bubble wrap, as this could result in movement of the instrument during carriage and possible damage.

Put additional bubble wrap around the horn, to stop it from moving around. It needs to be a tight fit within the case.

Once this is done, wrap the entire case in 2 or 3 layers of bubble wrap and insert the case into a large cardboard box.

You can fill any spaces within the box with packaging peanuts, extra bubble wrap, or crumpled up newspaper.

Finally, shake the box to check that the instrument cannot move around. If there are any spaces, fill them with extra packing material. Once you are satisfied that the instrument is safe and secure within the box, seal the box securely with parcel tape, applied in two directions and along the seams and attach your parcel label.

Should you need a reputable courier for a musical instrument, then look no further than Overland Express, visit our send a musical instrument page to get an immediate quote now.

Should you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact one of the Overland Express customer services team on +44 (0) 20 8977 2777 or Email us at


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