if you're driving through Customs and they see a drumkit in your backseat, it might be difficult to convince them that they were traded or a gift.How would anyone know?
yeah, the border can be really anal from what i've heard, require documents or questionning or you get lucky and they don't say a word about the carload of gear!It's just your drum kit and you're bringing it across the border. How can they charge you for that?
I don't know much about it, but borders are stupid.
The border at Niagra Falls was easy to get across, provided that you're white and the gaurds are white. Racism is stupid.
dude! if i tell them i was playing a gig, that might open up a whole can of worms because even though i'll be returning home to Canada, if they really wanted to bust my chops, they'd ask for an entertainment visa and all of that crap!I would seriously just not even think about it and if they ask, say you had a gig or rehearsal or something. Just don't leave any tags on it and look tired and hungover like you just had a gig. That would be a pain in the ass to have to worry about. Good luck!
If you get busted, let us know and I'll be happy to write you an appeal indicating how ridiculous it is. I'm sure they would appreciate that LOL!
If you were smart, you would take off all the heads and pack the drums inside of each other.
Whatever you buy while you're there, you can can show them, like a t-shirt or something. Then they won't even bother looking the back, as long as you have a story that's believable.
If they do end up looking and finding drums, just say your the drummer for a band and you have a gig coming up. They really can't say anything.
Oh, and if you take all the heads off, they won't be suspicious of you hiding anything in the drums.
dude! if i tell them i was playing a gig, that might open up a whole can of worms because even though i'll be returning home to Canada, if they really wanted to bust my chops, they'd ask for an entertainment visa and all of that crap!
hehe, no worriesI clearly have no idea what I'm talking about here... I'm glad to learn though since I live in fairly close proximity to the Canadian border myself.
At this point I am going to quit offering idiotic advice and just keep my mouth shut until theres a subject that I can offer some help on.
yep, i think i'll say that i was trying to sell them to someone over the border and no luck, or that i just didn't take them out of the trunk like you mentioned.I am going along the lines of this quote to take the heads off and place the kit in the trunk...after all it is just a day trip nothing major so claim something of no great consequence and go home...I use to do that all the time when I use to come back from Bangor, ME and rarely had my trunk checked into...so long as I just stated that I went over for a visit and am bringing back nothing or whatever.
You can also say that they are your drums, that you have been carrying them around and took them over to practice with a friend or that you were picking them back up from a friend who had taken them over prior to that...GOOD LUCK though, but I know I would avoid the custom fees as well...those BITE.
yep, i think i'll say that i was trying to sell them to someone over the border and no luck, or that i just didn't take them out of the trunk like you mentioned.
wish me luck
The canadian border is very, very, uncool. Things that get you a slap on the wrist here are life in prison up there, such as a minor drug offense. Be very careful. I have had many a tour bus stopped, searched, and dealt with like we were in Germany or something. . Be careful!