Thanks Bettina, for the information on electrical items. Some machines have manufacture dates on the back, so maybe that will satisfy the customs office.
I guess we should take our video players (VHS, videocassette, DVD) and do our conversions over there; we already have enough to do before our move. Sounds like you know exactly what I’m talking about (too much stuff).
So PAL is different than SECAM?
We also have thousands of albums, 45s and CDs, but hope to shrink our collection before our move. Reel to reel tapes and cassettes can be played on machines over there (as well as 8mm film?).
I was curious about which record company the two of you worked for, and what type of work you did for them. I play music (not professionally) and we moved to New York in 1982 (until 1993) for that purpose. I hope to someday find some creative musicians in France to work on some original music.
The big items we have to sell are my guitars and amplifiers. I would like to keep most (or all) of them, but I think the move would be simpler the less we took. There are regulations that require special permits when transporting guitars from the US to France, concerning the types of wood used in the construction, and also what year they were built. I’m still trying to understand it all. My guitars date from 1965 to 2007.
I didn’t refer to that in my first post but, since you worked within the music business, I mention it now, in the slight chance that you might know others that may have been in the same situation.
I should probably sell all my amps, but a few of those are also old and rare, and I can always use them with a transformer.
I think it may take me some time to sell everything.
I will also call some moving companies soon to see what they would advise concerning all of the above.
Thanks for the suggestion of putting all computer stuff onto an external hard drive and taking it with us on the plane.
I wish we could have moved to France with cats. We just lost our last cat (of seven) in May. I think we will be grieving for a long time. We miss her so much! She was almost 22 years old, and we had her since she was a kitten. I just came across the posting of all the cat pictures a couple of days ago, and posted pictures of Moka (I also saw your beautiful cats; the one that’s all stretched out has the same colors and long hair as Moka’s sister Ginger, who lived to be 13 years old).
You’re so lucky to be moving to France by September! I have no idea how long it’s going to take us; I’ll be happy if we can make it within a year, but I would prefer today. Once we’ve finished sorting, selling and donating, we will put our house up for sale and take a trip to France to try to decide where we might want (and afford) to live.
Thanks again for your help.
Have fun packing!