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How to Ship a Horn

We recommend shipping horns without cases. Doing so will minimize the possibility of damage due to the added weight of the case.  If you are sending a horn for consignment we understand this may not be practical – just remember that careful & adequate packaging are the best insurance against shipping damage.

Houghton Horns will not assume liability for damage incurred during shipping. 

For a fixed bell horn:

Buy a “Dishpack” storage box from any U-Haul, self storage, or “pack-n-mail” center. Dimensions should be at least 28 x 18 x 18″.   Careful here – if you go too big, you’ll incur “oversize” charges. Pack the horn ‘bell up’ – toward the top of the box. Nestle it in tightly with packing material (foam peanuts, excelsior or bubble wrap), allowing at least three inches of clearance on all sides for a layer of packing material between the box and the horn. The more packing material you can squeeze in, the better.  Seal with generous amounts of shipping or strapping tape.  A new box is best – as it will be stronger.  Also, the shipper may deny a damage claim if you ship in a used box due to your inability to deny prior damage.

For a detachable bell horn:

It’s best to buy a 275 lb. test, double walled box. 20″ x 20″ x 20” is the optimal size. Wrap the corpus of the horn snugly with at least four layers of bubble wrap so as to prevent any slop or shifting in transit.  Wrap the bell flare separately with bubble wrap. After adding packing material (foam peanuts, excelsior or bubble wrap) to the bottom of the box, place the wrapped corpus in the box, and stack the wrapped bell flare on top of the corpus. Nestle the corpus and bell in tightly with packing material, allowing at least three inches of clearance on all sides for a layer of packing material between the box and the bell and corpus. The more packing material you can squeeze in, the better.  Seal with generous amounts of shipping or strapping tape.  A new box is best – as it will be stronger.  Also, the shipper may deny a damage claim if you ship in a used box due to your inability to deny prior damage.

Insurance:

You should always insure the package for (at least) the dollar amount you paid for the horn.

Lastly, be sure to include “ship to” and Return Address info along with your phone number, both inside and outside the box.   Call us with any questions. We’ll contact you as soon as your horn arrives to let you know it got here safely!