Posted by BConk on Tuesday, February 12, 2008
Last month, I wrote this:
'I'm rustling around downcellar looking for a good box to ship out a banjo I sold and lo and behold..I found "The Box".
Nearly falling apart now - held together mostly with shipping labels - this banjo shipping box has a story behind it.
-The first shipping label on the box shows that Mike Ramsey used it to send a banjo to Zepp Music.
-From there I surmise Zepp used it to send a banjo to BHO member Joe Garinger.
-Joe used it to send a banjo to BHO member Spherely..I think it was an Ome Jubilee 12" rim.
-Spherely (Jim Heiman) used it sometime later to send a banjo to me - but I don't recall which banjo it was.
-I then used it sometime later to send my old Wildwood Troubadour back to Jim.
-and Jim subsequently used it sometime after that to send me the Ome Jubilee that Joe Garinger sold him.
I came this close to using this box to send a banjo to someone else..but I think I'll hold onto it in case I have to ship a banjo to either Mike Ramsey, Donald Zepp, Joe Garinger or Jim Heiman. Kind of keep it in the family you know? '
Well - I am happy to report that after shoring up the insides completely with custom-fitted, mylar-sheathed styrofoam panels wedged into place to create a virtual "box within a box "THE BOX" is on its way once again to Spherely.
This cardboard box has safely carried fine banjos from Mike Ramsey's workshop in Virginia to Zepp's Country Music in North Carolina to Joe Garinger in Wisconsin. Then it went to Jim Heiman in Oregon. Then it went to Your's Truly in Connecticut. Then it went back again to Jim Heiman in Oregon and back again to Your's Truly in Connecticut...and now it's on the way back to Jim Heiman in Oregon.
Surely there should be a "Banjo Shipping Box Hall of Fame" ?
Tuesday, February 12, 2008 @9:29:16 AM
Tuesday, February 12, 2008 @10:00:51 AM
...but it's a great story! :)
Tuesday, February 12, 2008 @11:49:04 AM
Yes, indeed- and the Hall of Fame should have only that box in it! Is there a brand name printed on it?
Tuesday, February 12, 2008 @1:40:39 PM
John - humor me ;-)
Mike - if there was it was long since covered with shipping labels.
It dawned on me after writing this....where did Mike Ramsey get it from? I bet it came to him with a TKL case in it....so..it may very well be that the box began it's journey in Canada.
Tuesday, February 12, 2008 @2:38:45 PM
Well, I've been wondering what became of that box. It was always one of my favorites. :-)
TKL's boxes are awful--I rarely get one that doesn't look as if it could still keep a case in it. Really. They are terrible, and I have never been able to reuse one.
Mike Ramsey buys boxes from an outfit in Virginia. In fact, I buy those same boxes from Mike when I run low on boxes in the shop. Turns out that because of their size when broken down and the substantial weight of cardboard, Mike drives to the box builder's to get them, and we drive to his place when we are in need of some.
Good boxes! It has tickled me, too, to see where some of the boxes that arrive here have been!
Tuesday, February 12, 2008 @3:09:04 PM
Well so much for the international connection - still, it's been quite a ways.
Tuesday, February 12, 2008 @7:14:56 PM
We are a great bunch. A story about a box entertained me more than any of today's news. Kind of like how the old steamer trunks got to looking, after a few trips around the world. Brad
Wednesday, February 13, 2008 @11:47:27 PM
"The Box" is now in Portland and it made the trip along with the beautiful Ome inside with flying colors. It is still in very good condition and with the addition of Brian's mylar panels it is probably better than new. I wouldn't hesitate to send it out again. It has so many shipping labels on it that it looks like one of those old steamer trunks. Now if we could just get the frequent flyer miles it's racked up.
Thursday, February 14, 2008 @8:12:54 AM
That's great to hear Jim....and WOW that was quick!
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