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PostPosted: Sun Sep 14, 2008 5:23 pm 
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Does anyone have information on transporting mallet instruments or know where I can go to find it?

Specifically, does it cause more wear & potential damage to remove the bells (stressing the mounting cord) or leave them on (subjecting the entire instrument to the vibrations in a trailer or truck)?

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a good way to transport mallet intruments is to put them on a truck. if u took the bells off it wouldnt hurt the instrument. but they are a pain to put back on.


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Personally, I would be most worried about the load shifting and something falling onto the instruments. Taking proper precautions, including securing the instruments and other potential projectiles will do wonders.

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yeah u want to put something of them so they wont roll around and stuff. like a very strong bungy or something.


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ReadingBucs93 wrote:
yeah u want to put something of them so they wont roll around and stuff. like a very strong bungy or something.


And also make sure nothing is "in range" to fall on top of the keys...and use some sort of covers. Our parents have become great at logistically packing the truck we rent each week. We pack all wind instruments as well as all percussion. We are a small band (46 total people, inc guard), so it all fits in one box truck...we use two xylos, two marimbas, one vibes, concert bass, and other assorted stuff for the pit...bells, crotales, Jarvis cart that holds four cioncert toms, bongos, concert snare, temple blocks...we keep them packed away and mount them at our destination.

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