OK, guys, listen up. Here's how you pack an amp and prevent damage claims. There WILL be a test later. Cut this info and save it as a text document or print it out right now. ~ Read the instructions carefully. This ain't the cheap way to do it, it's the RIGHT way. ~ Tell the buyer EXACTLY how you plan to package the amp. ~ Tell the buyer he will have to PAY YOU to do it this way ~ If the buyer DOESN'T want you to do it this way or PAY to have it done this way, MAKE SURE they send you a letter or an email that says YOU are NOT responsible for damage claims - THE BUYER IS. If you're selling it on ebay, include this in your description or shipping details. Give them an out, but make it clear they're on their on if they don't want it done RIGHT. ~ Tell the recipient to be ready to take DETAILED pics of the package when it arrives. The first pictures should be taken WITHOUT MOVING THE PACKAGE AT ALL and these photos must be taken at the exact spot where the shipper put the amp. If there is ANY sign of damage, the recipient is responsible for taking ADDITIONAL, DETAILED photos of the damage IMMEDIATELY. ~ Again, tell the recipient he MUST take photos of the package AS SPECIFIED ABOVE when it arrives or HE'S ON HIS OWN FOR THE CLAIMS. ~ Ship small amps - one 10 or one 12 type - in a single box. Use two boxes for bigger amps, chassis in one box, cabinet in another. ~ Remove all the tubes. ~ Mark each tube for location. ~ Wrap tubes individually in LOTS of plastic - shopping-type bags, wadded up - or several layers of thin bubble wrap. ~ Put all the wrapped tubes in a plastic bag and tape the bag SECURELY to the cabinet of the amp. ~ Wrap the footswitch as above and tape it SECURELY to the inside of the cabinet AWAY FROM THE TUBES ~ Tape the power cord SECURELY to the inside of the cabinet ~ Place a copy of the address info (TO/FROM) inside the cabinet and with the chassis, if that is shipped separately. ~ Stuff wadded-up pieces of bubble wrap to fill the void inside the cabinet in order to keep stuff from moving around. ~ Cut a piece of plywood to cover the grill and speakers. ~ Place the plywood over the front of the amp ~ Cover the amp with a strong trash bag and tape it shut then surround the amp with enough tape to make sure the playwood will not move. Tape to the plastic bag, not the amp. ~ DON'T BE A CHEAP @$$. BUY some 2" thick builders insulation and cut CLEANLY and EXACTLY to fit every side of the amp, or buy enough NEW bubble-wrap to cover the amp COMPLETELY with NO GAPS and NO pasted-together scraps. Tape the insulation or bubble-wrap on SECURELY. NO GAPS. SAVE YOUR RECEIPTS and take a photo. ~ BUY a NEW cardboard box at a U-Haul Store. If it ain't big enough, buy a couple of 'em. ~ Lay out the dimensions carefully and with a straightedge, make neat folds and with clean cuts, trim the box to the proper dimension to surround the amp or cut and tape two of them together. Make sure you fold ONLY ONCE. Folding more than once or folding where NOT necessary will WEAKEN THE CARTON. ~ Put the amp in the box UPSIDE DOWN. That is, with the heavy part on the bottom. ~ Remember, use two boxes if it's a heavy amp. One for the cab and speakers, another for the chassis. ~ Use styro peanuts only to take up slack in the box and use LOTS of tape. It's MUCH cheaper than screwing with the jerks at UPS. Pronounced Ooops. ~ In BIG letters, indicate TOP. ~ In BIG letters, write "SUBJECT TO CLAIMS" on the box in AT LEAST two places. ~ Below that CLEARLY write "Packed in accordance with (shipper's) requirements as listed on (shipper's) website DATE". ~ And the LAST and MOST IMPORTANT requirement when it comes to shipping an amp: NEVER SHIP VIA UPS. I use the USPO or Fed Ex with NO problems. YMMV. The test comes when it arrives. If it's broken, you didn't follow the instructions clearly or the shipper ran it over with a truck and your claims process will be much easier.