How to Pack your Kenwood Rig for Shipping
Almost nothing hurts me as much as unpacking a rig someone has shipped to me, and finding damage to the case, or worse, the front panel, from inadequate packing. Shipping damage is easily avoided by just following these simple steps.
(1) Double box every electronic item you ship. Most shippers will not recognize insurance claims on electronic equipment that is not double boxed.
(2) Make sure the item is packed TIGHTLY, so that it is not loose in the packing. A moving item, especially if it weighs 35 pounds or more, has lots of inertia - - Inertia that can slam it into the side of the boxes, clear down to the concrete it was dropped onto! If you can shake your package and feel the rig moving around inside, it is NOT packed properly and may not survive the trip.
(3) Use extra packing material over and around the front panel. If you only have a limited amount of foam or bubble wrap, this is where to position most of it. Leave space around the tuning dial, so it "floats" more, rather than having the protruding tuning dial serving as a "front bumper" . . . You don't want that!.
(4) Use decent packing
material. Large bubble wrap is very good, soft foam is great
also. Crumpled newspaper does an admirable job - It is safe, if you
crumple it and use enough of it, just a little heavier than the first two
alternatives. Peanuts are OK, but they should be placed in those
small plastic grocery bags, tied closed and used as "packing
pillows." Loose peanuts are a nightmare, and tend to
migrate and lose their effectiveness during shipping.
Plus my wife hates the mess they make!
That said, I have never damaged a single item in all the shipments I've made ("knock-knock"). I use FedEx, who seem to be gentler than most (as well as cheaper), and I follow my own packing guidelines.
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