I bought a King Master cornet very very cheaply that was in bad shape a while back (had dents, stuck slides etc). I was pretty surprised when it arrived in a relatively small thin cardboard box with just a big of wadded up paper around it. It was already damaged and didn't appear to have any new dents from the shipping, but still. Since then I always ask that bubble wrap be involved.
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Quote Originally Posted by veery715 View Post
Whenever I buy a horn I always give explicit packaging instructions to the seller.
The seller does not have to pack or ship the trumpet in the manner you request.
Sure you may have just bought the horn, but as long as you receive the horn undamaged that is all you can expect!!
two Olds Recordings -- 1 sold!
Yamaha C trumpet YTR - 745
Besson Eb/D trumpet
Bach G trumpet - 2
Bach Herald Trumpet
Olds Ambassador - circa 1959 - Fullerton -- sold!!
H.B.Jay Co. Columbia model trumpet 1910 gold plated
Bach Stradivarius Trumpet
Couesnon Lafayette Trumpet -- sold!
The best way to ship a horn is without a case, wrapped in bubble wrap, in a box packed with packing peanuts. Anderson plating has instructions in their web site, any other refurbish place I ever contacted had similar instructions. I once shipped a horn in the case, as the buyer wanted the case. I secured the horn inside the case wit bubble wrap in all the places where there could be movement; I wrapped the mouthpiece in bubble wrap and secured it. I placed the case with horn secured inside a box filled with bubble wrap. This really seems like common sense to me. However, it is correct that, by e-bay definition, no negative or neutral feedback is warranted if the horn is exactly as described upon arrival
Selmer Radial, Bb.
Yamaha YTR4420E, C.
1930 Couesnon cornet
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1972 Olds Pinto Bb Trumpet (Weird Horn!)
1969 Conn 38B Connstellation Bb Trumpet
I was playing once and afterwards, a little boy approached me and stated that he played the trumpet. I asked, "Do you play like I do?" and he replied, "I used to."
It is irresponsible to ship a horn in the case only. If you read the fine print about conditions of transport, you will know what I mean. Automatic conveyors can have drops up to 2 feet! Who would drop their horn in the case 2 feet?
I think the rating should be negative. Of course the standard procedure is always to get even - not improve service! Good luck.
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Was the horn misrepresented? Did the seller not respond to queries? Did the horn arrive damaged?
So you got the horn in the conditon you found acceptable?
Why are you giving a bad review? Did you not get the product you asked for at the price you wanted?
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I still agree with this even after all the comments ..... Here's the reason. You, as the buyer, are the one going on the MOST FAITH, that is to say, putting a lot of money into a stranger's account with the HOPE that he or she actually has the instrument and isn't scamming you. You also are going on faith that the person is at least moderately intelligent and wouldn't ship a horn badly. If they damage the horn through carelessness, you are the one who will suffer and pay for it, at the very least, by wasting a lot of time getting your money back.
No matter whether or not the horn arrives damaged ..... Shipping in the case only or worse is stupid, irresponsible and careless.
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+1 for this post by TL, someone who knows the shipping world, firsthand.
Sometimes, people are just too lazy to find a box that fits and too cheap to let UPS do the packaging.
Hey, when they're asking $500 for that Ambassador (or $3,000 for that Committee) .... you'd think they could find a box.
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