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Musical instruments are meant for making beautiful melodies, right? Well, not when crafty people decide against it. Through their eyes, instruments are becoming a variety of things. From the trombone as a toilet paper holder to the bass turned into a racing car, they end up appearing in many unfortunate situations.

The Facebook group “Musical Instruments in Predicaments” is the spot where the guitars and pianos of your fears reside. It’s full of sound-making devices in scenarios where we’re not completely sure how they even got there in the first place. So, dear Pandas, we’d like to share this musical confusion with you as we invite you to scroll through the list of instruments that will make you do a double-take.

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I Love The Sound Of Water Running

I Love The Sound Of Water Running

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2 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I have a photo like this of when my staffy was young and she fitted into a guitar case, so cute.

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There are more than 1500 instruments around the world, but have you ever wondered where they go when they no longer work? Some of them end up repurposed (just like in this list), but many end up in landfills. The biggest problem lies with the short-term use of learning instruments and unrecycled accessories (strings, pegs, tailpieces, etc.)

Beginner violins, cellos, guitars—you name it—are not built to last, and they simply end up in our trash with low chances of being repaired. If they were better in quality, many manufacturers would lose a significant amount of profit. Additionally, vast quantities of non-renewable and toxic materials, like varnish, make recycling impossible.

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Take guitars, for example. Around 2.6 million of them are produced annually in the US alone, making up a billion-dollar industry. Accessories attached to them, like strings, aren’t recyclable, thanks to their mixed-metal construction. D’Addario (a string-making company) estimates that up to 1.5 million pounds of them end up buried in a landfill every year.

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A Brute Guitars Plexigon Bass With Embedded Flowers

A Brute Guitars Plexigon Bass With Embedded Flowers

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To solve this, they have teamed up with TerraCycle, a company that deals with hard-to-recycle objects (e.g., coffee capsules, pens, plastic gloves). It’s now possible to salvage strings by mailing them to D’Addario. Afterward, you receive points that can be exchanged for new strings or other guitar accessories, like picks. There’s also an option to donate the reward points to the D’Addario Foundation, which supports music programs in deprived communities.

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Friend: “Is That Really How You Fix A Flat?” Me: “It Is - Accordion To The Owner’s Manual”

Friend: “Is That Really How You Fix A Flat?” Me: “It Is - Accordion To The Owner’s Manual”

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Best Idea Ever

Best Idea Ever

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2 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I wonder if the strings are tuned so a chord is played every time the door opens? Otherwise it's just terrible noise!

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#12

He Finished The Race On A String & A Prayer

He Finished The Race On A String & A Prayer

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To reduce the environmental impact of instruments, it’s important to look after them so they last longer. Cleaning them, keeping them in their cases, and providing suitable storage conditions (temperature is important) are some great ways to get started. This also means that when beginners progress to a “proper” instrument, the old one can be passed on to a younger sibling or someone from school instead of tossed.

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Somewhere Outside Of Mönchengladbach, Germany....i Present To You... Bonehenge!

Somewhere Outside Of Mönchengladbach, Germany....i Present To You... Bonehenge!

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#15

Here Is My “Music” Room. The Pedals On The 1910 Upright Are Hot, Cold And Both. Also A Period Correct Green Hot Water Heater, Bed Pan Guitar And A Flute Towl Bar

Here Is My “Music” Room. The Pedals On The 1910 Upright Are Hot, Cold And Both. Also A Period Correct Green Hot Water Heater, Bed Pan Guitar And A Flute Towl Bar

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If you decide to part ways with your instrument, you can do so responsibly. Projects like “Play it Again” at Fingal County do their best to clean and mend instruments left in their recycling centers. They are later re-distributed to organizations for autism, addiction, and rehabilitation. You can also try selling the instrument if it is valuable enough and still in working condition. Many charity shops will gladly accept them in good shape as well, so it’s always worth checking out the alternatives before throwing something like that away.

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Quoth The Raven: "Nevermore Accordions!"

Quoth The Raven: "Nevermore Accordions!"

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2 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

My face has the same expression as the Ravens when I spot an accordian

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In cases where the instrument is beyond repair, one option is to remove all the attachments, scrape or sand off the varnish, and recycle all parts separately. Donations to places like “It’s a String Thing” turn them into beautiful jewelry. Guitars, violins, cellos, and many others can be used as artsy wall decorations. Besides, more substantial ones can be turned into furniture. Just like this piano that has been transformed into a table or this drum that was given a second life as a lamp.

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The Tuba Was... Cold???

The Tuba Was... Cold???

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Minimizing waste in the music industry was taken to a whole new level by the youth in Paraguay. They created an orchestra of instruments made out of trash found in the biggest landfill in Asunción. That's where people make a living by sorting through garbage to find things worth reusing. The younger ones can’t afford any instruments due to these poor conditions. In fact, a violin is more expensive than a house in Asunción. So when the music program was founded in 2012, it was necessary to use items retrieved from the dumpster to make instruments.

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When The Cookie Tin At Grandma's House Is Full Of Violin Instead Of Sewing Supplies

When The Cookie Tin At Grandma's House Is Full Of Violin Instead Of Sewing Supplies

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The violins in the “Recycled Orchestra” are creatively made out of cans, wooden spoons, and bent forks. One of the ensemble’s members uses an oil drum for the cello's body. Tuning pegs (little knobs that help to tune a guitar) are created from waste like cooking utensils and even the heels of a shoe. Drum skin is made from an old X-ray film held in place with generous amounts of tape. One member plays a saxophone welded out of a drainpipe, coins, spoon handles, cans, and bottle caps.

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#26

This Is Definitely A Better Use For The Futon Than Actually Sitting On It. I Support The Vision

This Is Definitely A Better Use For The Futon Than Actually Sitting On It. I Support The Vision

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The orchestra plays classical music, folk tunes, and even pieces by the Beatles. They have toured South America and Europe and participated in a few conferences on sustainability. Music and instruments have enriched these kids' lives in many ways, and all it took was some creativity and craftiness. With that in mind, it’s important to be mindful and explore sustainable and creative solutions for disposing of and reusing music devices, just like in some of these instances on the list!

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It’s Always Best To Keep Your Instruments Clean And To Shower With A Friend

It’s Always Best To Keep Your Instruments Clean And To Shower With A Friend

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#31

Now That Is A Real Sizzle Cymbal!!!!

Now That Is A Real Sizzle Cymbal!!!!

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2 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

well yk, i do "use" pots and pans as drums when cooking, but i never really thought of it the other way around...

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#32

Seen On A Country Drive Today, Whanganui, New Zealand

Seen On A Country Drive Today, Whanganui, New Zealand

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That's When We Found Out The Load Bar Was Missing

That's When We Found Out The Load Bar Was Missing

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2 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Good thing they're all empty. They are, right? Right??

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#35

"I'm Telling You Bro, This Just Fell Out Of Nowhere From The Ceiling"

"I'm Telling You Bro, This Just Fell Out Of Nowhere From The Ceiling"

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Spotted At A Yard Sale "Where's The Rest Of The Instrument?" "I Have No Idea"

Spotted At A Yard Sale "Where's The Rest Of The Instrument?" "I Have No Idea"

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2 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Some guy stared at these for way too long, wondering how he could make one into a bong.

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Trending Toilet Paper

Trending Toilet Paper

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2 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I guess that’s what people decided to do with all the toilet paper they bought during the pandemic.

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