How to send a violin by courier


Hard case

Bubble wrap and polystyrene

Parcel tape

Cardboard box

Shipping your Violin, Viola, or Cello.

If you need to send a violin by courier, the safe packing of your instrument will prevent any risk of damage whilst in transit. Sending a musical instrument is a simple process if you follow a few simple guidelines.

When shipping an instrument with its strings in tension and its bridge and post upright, there is a greater risk of damage during transit, we recommend that all instruments are shipped with their bridge and post down.

Take down the bridge, sound post and Secure the strings, pegs, tailpiece and endpin separately from the instrument and wrap the neck, bridge and head in bubble wrap or lots of tissue and fill any voids within the hard case with bubble wrap, crumpled paper, or foam peanuts. Pay particular attention to the edges, as they need to be isolated from any possible impact with the case.

Before closing the case, place several layers of bubble wrap over the face of the instrument, so that the instrument is cushioned, but also held firmly in place.

Wrap the entire case in 2-3 layers of bubble wrap and secure in place with parcel tape.

Put the wrapped case in the middle of a large cardboard box and fill any gaps with packaging peanuts, bubble wrap, or crumpled newspaper. Shake the box to ensure that the instrument cannot move about. If there is any movement, add more packing material.

Seal the box with parcel tape and add additional tape to the seams and edges, so that the box is sealed in both directions. Finally, print off and attach your parcel label to the finished box.

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

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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