So, the idea was presented to hire a company that moves tour equipment or contact whoever Sam Ash/Guitar Center use to move their gear. Any thoughts on this?
GC use UPS and freight companies, I think Rockit cargo still exists but most touring companies own their own trucks these days, it's just easier! My Neighbors just did a move from KC to Boston hired some company that advertised "soft ride trucks" and had great reviews on Yelp, Wrote a check for $5500, well they showed up with a belching U Haul that broke down and had to be towed, as of now its 4 days and seeing how bad that truck was packed I'm expecting they won't be getting another good review!
Shipped many consoles with McCollisters United. Had good luck. If I can't transport it myself, that's probably the first place I would check. That said, it's been a few years (probably 10) since I used them. I did actually get a small console once that they transported that was only wrapped in a few packing blankets - no crate. I just about passed out when I saw that. That said, it came flawless and worked perfectly. They treated it well.
Just got a shipment from fed ex. Not sure if because the sender had/ has a business account, that's the reason the shipping went well, idk. 45 pound boxes with out a scratch, mark, or dent I was absolutely impressed. Came thru ground, cross country as well. I couldn't believe it. It was one of my worries and I have to say I was shocked to see how well the packages were taken care of lol..
So my move from Los Angeles to Portland is now complete. It's day 3 in Portland and I thought I'd share what I learned during this long distance move.
1) moving companies will negotiated. Original price of the Penske truck = $3800, final price = $1750
2) road cases are a must have. Luckily I found a lot of used cases for cheap in LA and I'll now be selling them.
3) hard cases for your guitars/instruments are a must have also
4) expect the unexpected. Be prepared for delays, and setbacks. My truck had mechanical issues 15min into the drive. Turned out to be a minor cause but it resulted in a 2 hr delay leaving town.
5) have backup plans for your back up plans (see number 4)
6) be prepared to stop at weigh stations depending on the size of your truck and what state you're in (yes even rental trucks)
7) clearly label all your boxes so you know what's in them
8) Drink lots of coffee
9) watch out for low hanging trees when driving a big truck (killed a few tree branches on my trip)
10) buy the best liability coverage/damage waiver offered (see number 9)
If I can think of any more I'll add them. In review, It took me two and a half days to get to Portland, about 20 hrs. Could've been faster but I hit a lot of road work and I got stuck in the worst traffic I've ever experience getting through the grape vine (10 hrs just to get from LA to Sacramento). The truck had mechanical issues immediately leaving home. Driving a 26' truck can be grueling and I learned not more about Diesel engines then I ever wanted to know lol.
Over all though the move went great though. Every obstacle I was prepared for. I'm nearly all unpacked but haven't worked up the studio yet.
So happy I made the move and really excited to be starting over in a new city with my fiancé and daughter. Life is about taking risks, and I'm very proud that I took this one.