Tips on shipping dulcimers
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Popcorn, while a grand snack, is also good insulation for shipping instruments and other fragile items. (Please use unflavored and unsalted for reason to follow.) Popcorn is biodegradeable but the birds and squirrels love it too!
You should still ship in a container which allows enough packing material all around the instrument. I like to "pad" both top and bottom and then go crazy with popcorn. Have been told that some states (Montana) forbid use of the styrafoam peanuts due to landfill space. But popcorn will make the birds adore you!
Never put bubble wrap in contact with any wood since it can "gas" the wood finish and leave it looking like an intro scene from Lawrence Welk show. I recently got a pre-loved carefully packaged dulcimer and spent hours working on the finish after consulting with the maker. His advice worked and I am very pleased.
Our temps here are among the nation's highest (buzzards carry tiny bottles of catsup sorta like brandy with Saint Bernards) and some guitar makers have large print on boxes reminding the eager owner to wait at least until the box has cooled to room setting. Then I allow the cased instrument further time to settle into room temp. This process is much harder than learning to play all parts of Handel's Messiah overnight! I must confess that several times I have yielded to temptation and opened case for a peak.... But I try.
Someone spent many hours creating the dulcimer of your dreams and it makes sense to give their offering a safe chance for survival.