Touring with Vibes: assembled or broken down?
I'm trying to find out if it is better for vibraphones to travel assembled or to be broken down every night for transportation?
For the past 3 1/2 years my vibes have been traveling fully assembled in a custom case, in the back of an 18 wheeler. Well, now my frame is bent and I'm having huge issues with the rails and the dampener as well as the motor and other things.
The vibes fit snug in the case which is totally foam lined. I'm not really sure what caused the frame to bend along with many of the posts. Is it because the vibes were traveling fully assembled?
Anyway, I'm getting a new set of vibes for the road and bringing my old ones home. I want to avoid doing damage to the new ones, probably the M58 Pipers, and am wondering what peoples thoughts are as to how a set of vibes should travel.
Also, is there a specific way that vibes should be stored?
Thanks a bunch,