gg383 wrote:In about a 10 day period I got a Dual 1229 with the fancy 3 piece flip up dustcover and the flip down storage plinth, destroyed, A 510, dustcover destroyed and the fake woodgrain damaged because it was packed above the inverted dustcover and fell into it. A 1257 that was well packed but apparently dropped 10 or so feet. Gimbal system broken on this one. Got all my money back tho except for the shipping on one unit so I consider myself pretty lucky. I will never ship a turntable, UPS & USPS try to kill them!! The 1229 had fragile and this end up signs on it, fair game for a coffee break football game. I have sent info to sellers to help them figure out how to pack my shipments, doesn't matter, they're just too heavy to get shipped without damage, especially the dust covers. Glenn.
Well, just as an FYI, I just shipped my Thorens TD224 off to be worked on. I got an email from the guy who said it got there just fine (shipped UPS). He even commented on the pack job.
The biggest problem that I see with TTs being shipped is the inadequate packing.They think you can just put it in a box and put a few peanuts in and ship. It took me most of the day just to pack mine. I used rigid styro (not the white beady crap). Got oversized box and 2 4x8 foot sheets of 2" styrofoam board and set down and proceeded to make a solid styro box with in the cardboard box. I litterally cut the layers of styro to snugly fit the deck. A custom fitted container. NOTHING could move. I took the platter off,put custom fitted blocks under it to hold it up and taped it to the deck in two directions. Took the headshell and weight off the tonearm and bubble wrapped them and made a little cutout for them also.
The cost for all this? around $75 USD for materials and a day's worth of time. Was it worth it? Well it arrived in good condition. (I did have adequate insurance on it also -- just in case
).I almost double boxed it but thought that might be overkill. But maybe not, its not back here working yet. We'll see.