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#2290436 - 06/16/14 09:39 AM Shipping piano to Mexico? 3 part question  
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My wife & I will be moving to Caribbean coast of Mexico in a year or so. She has a Kawai KG-2D, but is concerned about the effect of the tropical weather and saltwater air on the piano. Although we will have a/c, we literally will be beachfront where the air is pretty salty.

As much as she loves her Kawai, she doesn't want to see it die a premature death caused by corrosion or anything else the tropical weather may bring.

Question 1 - Are we overreacting or is this a legitimate concern?

She also has a Petrof 125 that she is considering instead.

Question 2 - Would the Petrof (being mostly enclosed) have a better chance of surviving the weather?

Question 3 - Does anyone have info on shipping a piano from the US to Mexico and approximate costs, etc.?

Thanks in advance!

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#2290441 - 06/16/14 09:48 AM Re: Shipping piano to Mexico? 3 part question [Re: RTL44]  
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First off you would want to crate it and it won't be cheap. You may want to check with one of the larger national piano moving companies. I only have experience shipping to border towns so freight was limited once crossed the border and you will have pay 16% tax on the "stated value" plus a couple hundred broker fees. Make sure it is carefully crated, once it crosses only options that i'm aware of are standard trucking companies and it's a long way down to the southern Mexico.

You will need damp chaser "WET" or moisture king (preferably) installed. Probably three bars instead of the normal two, no need to install the humidifier. You will also need a string cover.





#2290444 - 06/16/14 09:57 AM Re: Shipping piano to Mexico? 3 part question [Re: RTL44]  
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I have shipped to Mexico City several times. Unrelated question - are you shipping a container with other possessions. If so, than a humidity controlled container will help all of our possessions.

As far as going forward, beachfront pianos see more humidity related issues than inland pianos - and tropical pianos see more humidity related issues than temperate pianos. If you are careful the piano should perform ok. But tropical weather, beachfront or not, will take its toll on a piano.

I hope that helps in your decision.



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#2290454 - 06/16/14 10:32 AM Re: Shipping piano to Mexico? 3 part question [Re: Rich Galassini]  
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Originally Posted by Rich Galassini
and tropical pianos see more humidity related issues than temperate pianos.

ROTFLMAO --

This is certainly true!

Tropical Pianos drink Piņa Coladas and Temperate Pianos don't drink at all!

That's why installing multiple bars is so important in the tropics.

grin


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#2290474 - 06/16/14 11:02 AM Re: Shipping piano to Mexico? 3 part question [Re: RTL44]  
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#2290552 - 06/16/14 01:49 PM Re: Shipping piano to Mexico? 3 part question [Re: Rich Galassini]  
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Originally Posted by Rich Galassini
I have shipped to Mexico City several times. Unrelated question - are you shipping a container with other possessions. If so, than a humidity controlled container will help all of our possessions.

As far as going forward, beachfront pianos see more humidity related issues than inland pianos - and tropical pianos see more humidity related issues than temperate pianos. If you are careful the piano should perform ok. But tropical weather, beachfront or not, will take its toll on a piano.

I hope that helps in your decision.



We would be shipping quite a lot of our household goods, so we would want to try to include one of the pianos with everything. I will look into a humidity controlled container. That would definitely be an advantage for everything.

Thanks for all the prompt responses. I think my wife is leaning toward selling the Kawai and shipping the Petrof, but we shall see. I know it won't be easy.

#2290587 - 06/16/14 02:42 PM Re: Shipping piano to Mexico? 3 part question [Re: Rich Galassini]  
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Originally Posted by Rich Galassini
I have shipped to Mexico City several times. Unrelated question - are you shipping a container with other possessions. If so, than a humidity controlled container will help all of our possessions.


Hello Rich, thanks for your post.

I was not aware of the humidity controlled container option.

I'm considering importing a piano from the USA to Quito, Ecuador (in South America) and may be able to bring it in the ocean freight container a friend will use when he moves his household goods up here.

Based upon your experience, could you give me a feel (perhaps on a % basis) for the incremental cost associated with the humidity controlled option (compared to a regular shipping container)?

Thanks in advance for your response.

#2290592 - 06/16/14 02:55 PM Re: Shipping piano to Mexico? 3 part question [Re: MiguelAngel07]  
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Originally Posted by MiguelAngel07

Based upon your experience, could you give me a feel (perhaps on a % basis) for the incremental cost associated with the humidity controlled option (compared to a regular shipping container)?

Thanks in advance for your response.


Actually, when I am using Ocean Freight for a piano I don't think I have used anything but a climate controlled container. PM me if you would like a contact or two in the USA.

Just curious but where in the USA are you shipping from? That is important. Again, PM me if you wish.


Rich Galassini
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#2290598 - 06/16/14 03:04 PM Re: Shipping piano to Mexico? 3 part question [Re: Rich Galassini]  
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Originally Posted by Rich Galassini
Originally Posted by MiguelAngel07

Based upon your experience, could you give me a feel (perhaps on a % basis) for the incremental cost associated with the humidity controlled option (compared to a regular shipping container)?

Thanks in advance for your response.


Actually, when I am using Ocean Freight for a piano I don't think I have used anything but a climate controlled container. PM me if you would like a contact or two in the USA.

Just curious but where in the USA are you shipping from? That is important. Again, PM me if you wish.


OP here. I would also be interested a contact or 2. We will be shipping from Columbus, OH with the end destination being Playa Del Carmen, Mexico


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