Here's an idea.....
Get a freight company to put it on a pallet; don't even consider UPS or FED EX for this. I had my Gamut L5s in wooden crates shipped on a pallet from upstate NY to Louisville and it was about $240. They weigh 90 lb each not counting the box, carton or pallet. Truck is the only way to go for heavy packages.
I would first set up an account with FedEx (or UPS), it is free and they give members discount. The more you ship the more discount they give, but even first time members shipping for the first time get a discount over the usual rate.
There is also an on-line auction website called 'U-Ship' that I think people bid to ship your items for you. My brother used it to setup shipping his motocycle from California to Washington state.
thanks for all the tips, i searched through audiogon and called most of the companies listed including Pilot, BAX, and many more that i found recommended through the years on audiogon. most didn't allow for personal items even if i was to have seller dropoff and i would pick up at a port or center, alot wanted a credit check also which i wasn't too fond of.
ended up using uship and had it picked up the night before july 4 and got here in 2 days from texas to socal. total paid was about $170 but they went door to door and kept me in the loop the whole time, great experience