Instrumental change: Dealing with music’s growing garbage pile

Unwanted musical instruments aren’t the biggest waste disposal problem facing the world, but they’re an issue worth making a noise about.

The piano tuner has refused to come back. ‘Not until you get a new one,’ he said.

Our 1960s-era Korean-made ‘Hans Büchtmann’ upright, installed in the living room after being rolled along the street from a neighbour understandably keen to be rid of it, has passed the point of no return. Repairs would be a waste of money, said the piano man. ‘The action is shot. It won’t stay in tune. It’s toast’.

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Acting Performing Arts Editor Jason Blake is a career arts writer, critic and editor. He studied theatre directing at the VCA and NIDA, served as arts editor for the Sydney City Hub, edited subscription TV guides and reviewed theatre for the Sydney Morning Herald from 2009-2017. He was co-founder of and recently publications manager for the Sydney Film Festival. He shares his home office with a possum.