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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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If you are sending liquids, paints, perfumes or wheels, please press the tile below that best suits your requirements.

Why Choose Overland Express?


We believe that we offer the best prices for parcel shipping online. Don't be fooled by some of the prices offered by our competitors, as these will be sub-par budget services or lower standard services offered by premium brands.

Quick Quotation

It will literally take just a few minutes to complete a parcel delivery booking from start to finish. We've kept the number of pages that you are required to fill out to an absolute minimum with no sneaky upselling at the checkout.

Air & Road Services

When making a parcel delivery booking with Overland Express you will have a choice of either Express or Road, Express deliveries are usually dispatched by Air. Road services, whilst slower, are also significantly cheaper than Express.

Online Tracking

All of the delivery services that are supplied by Overland Express regardless of the courier provider, can be tracked online, either by following the links on this site or going directly to the courier web-site and entering the tracking number.

Our Specialisms

At Overland Express we offer several specialist service for difficult to send items, which includes Paints, Perfumes, Liquids, Alloy Wheels, Tyres, Watches, Jewellery and expensive items such as Musical Instruments, computers and Cameras.

Telephone Support

Our customer services telephone support line is open on working days only, between 0830hrs and 1730hrs UK time. Outside of these house, please use the email facility to contact us, we will reply to all messages as soon as possible.

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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.