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Send Violin by Courier

When sending a Violin, we understand that Musicians are looking for the best way to ship a violin and that their precious instrument will arrive in one piece.

A cardboard box must be used for the outer packaging due to COVID-19 handling restrictions.

At Overland Express, we specialise in violin shipping, as well as sending Viola's, Banjo's, Cello's and any other form of stringed instrument. We have been shipping violin's and stringed instruments, for over three decades and realise the importance of a reliable courier for violins.

In addition to violin shipping, we can fully insure your stringed instrument against loss or damage and partner with the World's best carriers, such as DHL, Parcel Force, UPS and DPD, at rates well below our competitors. Our insurance requirement is that the instrument is packed correctly and contained within a hard case. Whilst the individual carriers do not cover loss or damage to stringed instruments, we have arranged our own policy specifically for instruments and fragile items, that cover them in full, up to a value of £20,000.00 (exclusions apply).

So whether you are sending a violin to a concert venue, selling a violin on eBay, or returning a violin for service, you can trust Overland Express to deliver the goods.

From UK next day delivery, to Worldwide delivery, we have many time and cost options to suit your requirements. Take a look at our quick quote tool above, to see how much we could save you when sending a violin.

Please have a look at our great prices for shipping a violin, using our quick quote tool above. There are absolutely no hidden cost's, just an outstanding service, door to door.

Before sending a violin, or stringed instrument, please take a few minutes to read our packing advice, which is located bwlow. We have listed the steps that you need to take, to ensure that your instrument arrives in perfect condition. Please also read our frequently asked questions below, for some of the most popular questions relating to sending violins.

How to Send a Violin by Courier


Hard case
Bubble wrap and polystyrene
Strong cardboard box
Parcel tape

A cardboard box must be used for the outer packaging due to COVID-19 handling restrictions.

Shipping your Violin, Viola, or Cello.

If you need to send a violin by courier, the safe packing of your instrument will prevent any risk of damage whilst in transit. Sending a musical instrument is a simple process if you follow a few simple guidelines.

When shipping an instrument with its strings in tension and its bridge and post upright, there is a greater risk of damage during transit, we recommend that all instruments are shipped with their bridge and post down.

Take down the bridge, sound post and Secure the strings, pegs, tailpiece and endpin separately from the instrument and wrap the neck, bridge and head in bubble wrap or lots of tissue and fill any voids within the hard case with bubble wrap, crumpled paper, or foam peanuts. Pay particular attention to the edges, as they need to be isolated from any possible impact with the case.

Before closing the case, place several layers of bubble wrap over the face of the instrument, so that the instrument is cushioned, but also held firmly in place.

Wrap the entire case in 2-3 layers of bubble wrap and secure in place with parcel tape.

Put the wrapped case in the middle of a large cardboard box and fill any gaps with packaging peanuts, bubble wrap, or crumpled newspaper. Shake the box to ensure that the instrument cannot move about. If there is any movement, add more packing material.

Seal the box with parcel tape and add additional tape to the seams and edges, so that the box is sealed in both directions. Finally, print off and attach your parcel label to the finished box.

If you need a reputable courier for a violin, then look no further than Overland Express, get an immediate quote now.

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Why Choose Overland Express?

Value for Money

In this highly competitive market, we strive to keep our costs down by not embarking on expensive advertising campaigns, which in turn allows us to offer the lowest parcel delivery costs to you.

Instant Quote

Our Quote and Book tool will provide you with an instant price for your parcel delivery with no hidden extra charges, the price shown on screen is exactly what you pay (unless optional insurance is purchased).

Large Selection

We offer Express and Road delivery services from DHL, which will all collect directly from you. The courier services from UPS have the extra benefit of you being able to leave your parcels at their drop off shops.

Live Tracking

Tracking information for all of our parcel delivery services are updated whenever there is a noteworthy event. Email and SMS notifications may also be sent to the sender and/or the recipient, service dependant.

Expensive Items

Specifically for expensive items, we can provide enhanced goods in transit insurance up to £20,000.00 for just 2.00% of the declared value. £50.00 Insurance is provided as standard.

Talk to Us Directly

Should the need arise, we can be contacted via telephone, email or live chat. There are no intermediaries or convoluted call queuing systems involved, you get to speak to our customer service ageents immediately.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Can I send a violin to Europe?
A. We can send violins Worldwide. Please be aware that duty may be payable when sending a violin outside of the UK.

Q. Can I send my violin in a soft case?
A. You are very welcome to send a violin in a soft case, please read our packing instructions thoroughly, as the insurance only covers them when sent in a hard case.

Q. Why are your shipping rates lower than others?
A. Due to our purchasing power, we have negotiated large discounts with the carriers, that are passed on to our customers.

Q. Who is the best courier for stringed instruments?
A. This depends on the urgency and your budget. We work with the most trusted names in the industry. Your satisfaction is important to us.

Q. How can I safely ship a stringed instrument?
A. We ship many stringed instruments daily. Providing they are packed correctly, there is no reason that they should suffer any damage during transit.