As for shipping 25lbs across the county, in the right packaging it's really
not that expensive. I've shipped guitars that weigh that and are in a much
more cumbersome box for less than $20.00, 3 day ground, w/FedEx. Never
had a box get to it's destination damaged, although it happens.
The key to shipping is the box dimensions. Keep it as small as you can.
(I'm being redundant aren't I? Did I mention small box?)