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How to Dispose Of Old Musical Instruments

Have you needed to dispose of your outdated, old, or unneeded musical instruments at any point in life? Musical gears such as guitars, violins and pianos hold a greater sentimental value. The pain of tossing or giving them away may be tremendous.

However, hoarding the instruments consumes the treasurable space in your home. You will not enjoy the full freedom that luxurious living spaces provide.

So what’s next?

Make a firm decision

You do not want to partake of anything that will haunt you in the long run. Therefore, before deciding how and when to dispose of the old musical instruments, you must first program your mind fully to accept reality.

Ask yourself whether:

  • You will need the old items for your music classes shortly
  • Someone in your family might cherish the instruments
  • The musical instrument can be repaired
  • You can reuse the instrument

Articrafts employ a wide range of skills for that tool to look like what it is. Therefore, considering it ending in the bin should be your last option.

If at all your answers to the questions above  are all NO, then consider:

  • Selling 

Undoubtedly, the musical gear cost you an arm and a foot to acquire. For example, a new electric guitar costs up to $2,000, while a piano may go for up to $50, 000. In good condition, you can reclaim a good percentage of these amounts through resale.

Craigslist, one of the leading platforms in online trading, accepts almost all types of old items. It is the best route since it does not charge sellers fees for listing and collection. The platform also has collectors in almost every metropolitan. They will physically come, transact and carry away the gear.

Other than Craigslist, you can also list your gears in other platforms such as eBay and Reverb.com.

  • Gift the item

If you are that kind of a person who believes in gifting as a source of gratitude, happiness, social connection and social cooperation, then it is the way forward. However, you will not want to gift your gear to someone who might not need it.

First, ask around for any person who is strictly passionate about music.  If at all you don’t find any, step forward and gift it to a local church. Any local school that offers music classes can also be an excellent place. However, giving away musical instruments to parties that cannot afford one is an added advantage.

  • Donate

Charity is a simple act of kindness that amplifies a personal image. And, for business organizations, the act greatly impacts on brand building. Additionally, other gratitudes come with the donation.

The best way to donate your musical gear is through IRS-approved organisations. These types of beneficiaries attract tax deductions that may help you cut down on the general expenditure of your business in the long run.

Tax-deductible donations vary from one country to another. You can only make such donations in some countries through a certified intermediary. The intermediaries will then regrant the items to the final beneficiary. So, check out that.

  • Repurpose

Like any other old item in your household, you can surely lengthen the life of your old instrument through recycling. You only need basic skills to turn them out into other magnificent tools.

Some of the best ideas to repurposing an old musical instrument include:

  1. Turning it into a chair
  2. Turning into a hanger or cabinet
  3. Turning into a flower or candle holder

How magnificent your old musical gear becomes when repurposing partly depends on the individual skills. However, where you cannot repurpose it yourself, it is only prudent to source services from professional third parties.


If the audio or musical gear cannot be used anymore, then it is only better to haul it. However, this is not as easy as you think. Advanced instruments such as an electric piano are treated as e-waste. On the other hand, instruments with metallic parts may require deformation and ethical dumping.

At Paul’s Rubbish Removal Sydney, we have a team of expert removalists you can trust with the deconstruction and hauling of old items.

Call us on 0407 125 125 now for free quotes and stand a chance to enjoy quality decluttering services at the most competitive prices in and around Sydney.

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