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How to Ship Your Cello Safely

A Pro Explains How to Ship a Stringed Instrument

Ken Wise has shipped a lot of violins. He sends out more than 2,500 instruments a year for International Violin Company, a luthier supply house in Baltimore, Maryland. And he’s been at it for 17 years. Wise’s damage rate is down to about one percent, but it wasn’t always that way. “When I first started, there was more damage,” he says. “It’s all because of how we evolved our quality of packing the instrument, and knowing who [to use] and how [to handle the process] and it’s really helped.”

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