An unprecendented number of emails were exchanged on 16 April 2008, this one being far from the last.
I requested costs for the unknown areas and mentioned my willingness to pay for the most straightforward shipping. Back, finally, came some of those costs - see part 22.
I will certainly add a lot of cardboard, bubblewrap and other padding. I have some surplus material for lining flightcases (the dense type, not the soft foam) so a layer or two of that won't hurt also. I take your point about packing it transformers-down.
We haven't actually discussed costs other than my general recollection that when discussed last year, the upgrade work was charged at $100. It would be useful to know what differences result from that by the way - I'm assuming I wouldn't need the attenuator box inline with the reverb any more.
So in addition there's the price for a head shell (black tolex please, yes) and perhaps a labour charge for checking the biasing on my new set of power tubes (which I'll send too)?
Also we haven't thought about how much time you'd need once it reaches you.
I haven't priced out the shipping yet, but as I said in my original email my overriding wish is to get the amp delivering 100% of it's awesome potential and I'll take the cost on the chin as we say over here.
In your experience is there a particular carrier who give a better service for sending something like this to the USA?