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Username: mica

Post Number: 847
Registered: 6-2000
Posted on Tuesday, April 22, 2003 - 8:37 am:   Edit Post

Malthumb - do I remember correctly you had a recommendation for an insurance carrier that specializes in musical instruments?
Username: staylor

Post Number: 26
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Tuesday, April 22, 2003 - 8:58 am:   Edit Post

I went with Clarion a year ago when I purchased my Series II. It was about $300/year for $13 - $14K of insurance.

I haven't (thankfully) had to make any claim against the policy, but when I was not satisfied that the policy language matched the verbal discussion I'd had in soliciting their services, they were quick to add a rider with the right info. Moral of the story: As with all financial and legal docs, give 'em a read.

I checked around with a few different companies at the time (can't remember names...sorry!), and Clarion seemed to have one of the better policies. Most will place limitations like, they won't cover the instrument if it goes missing after you leave it unsecured in public view (on stage???). Also, I had no problems getting them to cover replacement value. Plus, I was able to arrange that they cover the instrument from my point of pick up (BassNW, in Seattle). So, I was covered for the plane ride back to Alaska.

It seems to me that one of the sticky issues w/ most instrument policies was theft from a car. Clarion claims that they cover this, though I thought the language in the policy was a little squirmy on the topic -- I think that may have been the reason I got that rider. If anyone is interested in more details, I can pull out my policy and look it over.

Anyhow, based on my last survey of the field, Clarion seemed like the best available in the States. You can find them on the web at One last and very nice thing was, they do musical instrument insurance. They are used to dealing w/ high-priced instruments (I recently heard that some cellos cost $100K!! Can you imagine?!?!), so unlike some places I spoke w/, the folks at Clarion were completely at ease when I told them I wanted $14K of replacement coverage.

Also, they offer things like Right of Repurchase, Borrowed Instrument Coverage, Newly Acquired Instrument Coverage, etc. Like I said, I've never made a claim, but the coverages sound good!!

Username: malthumb

Post Number: 80
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Tuesday, April 22, 2003 - 6:12 pm:   Edit Post


I certainly do have an insurance carrier that I would recommend.

I have all my gear (Alembic Series II, Alembic Series I, three other "non-Alembic" basses, F-1X, SF-2, SWR amp and cabinets, the list goes on....) insured for replacement value at Merz-Huber. They offered me a policy that has a premium of $200 / year to cover everything, with a $500 deductible. Their minimum premium is $200, but it's based on the total replacement cost.

I got the replacement costs for my Alembic gear via a letter from Mica that detailed my instruments. My total arsonal has replacement value exceeding $30,000 but I'm still fitting under the minimum.

Instruments are covered whether stored, travelling, or onstage. I highly recommend them. When I thought that a Series I bass I had sold and shipped to the UK was lost in transit, they were ready to reimburse me at the full insured value ($7,700). The bass showed up at my doorstep literally as I was finishing the claim application.

Here's the link:



(Message edited by malthumb on April 22, 2003)
Username: staylor

Post Number: 27
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Wednesday, April 23, 2003 - 8:53 am:   Edit Post

Very cool, James!! I've been hunting around for a less expensive deal on insurance, and mine has just expired in the last couple days. I'll check out Merz-Huber for sure :-)

Username: wally_malone

Post Number: 21
Registered: 7-2002
Posted on Wednesday, April 23, 2003 - 4:42 pm:   Edit Post

Seabury & Smith carry the all-risk instrument insurance for AFM members. Full replacement value, home, car, gig. Reasonable rates.

Username: valvil

Post Number: 127
Registered: 7-2002
Posted on Thursday, April 24, 2003 - 12:24 pm:   Edit Post

I'd like to add my thanks to Mica, for bringing this up, and to James for the precious info (a great habit of his, giving out extremely useful info to fellow players). This will be quite handy for myself as well.


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