Local musicians can trade-in and recycle old strings for new at upcoming event


AMARILLO, Texas (KAMR/KCIT) – Local musicians are invited to attend a free recycle and restring event at Tarpley Music in Amarillo on April 20, 2019 from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. Sponsored by D’Addario® and international recycling company TerraCycle®, musicians can bring any old instrument strings for recycling and get their electric or acoustic guitars restrung with D’Addario NYXL or Nickel Bronze Acoustic strings. Old strings collected during the event will be recycled through Playback, D’Addario’s free, national recycling program.

Tarpley Music has been serving musicians, schools and communities all across the great state of Texas for over 90 years now. In the 1920s, the company was run by Cara Tarpley, a piano teacher in Wellington who began selling pianos out of a hardware store in Shamrock. The business was then moved into downtown Pampa and was established as Tarpley Music Company. After Mrs. Tarpley’s death, her son Louis took over the management. Through his outstanding business ethic, he was able to grow the company and widen its services to sell everything from televisions, appliance s and, of course, musical instruments. He eventually passed away in 1962 and his sons, Bill and Glenn “Buz” took ownership. A new era was born and the business expanded even further. Tarpley Music was now also selling stereo equipment, guitars and other unique trending products. The company has been family-run since and continues to expand. You can now find Tarpley Music stores in areas like Amarillo, Lubbock and Clovis.

Playback is the world’s first instrument string recycling program, launched through a partnership between D’Addario and innovative recycling company, TerraCycle. The program is a part of D’Addario’s Players Circle loyalty program and allows registered users to recycle their used strings in exchange for extra Players Circle points. Musicians attending the recycle and restring events will receive a code at the event, redeemable for extra Players Circle points. Points can be used towards merchandise or donated to the D’Addario Foundation, the company’s nonprofit organization supporting music education in underserved communities.

“Thanks to the partnership between D’Addario and TerraCycle, we can now give our old string a new life.” says store representative, Andrew Mueller. “Responsibly disposing of these strings has been an on-going challenge and we’re thrilled to have finally found a solution.” 

D’Addario has been consistently committed to the environment, working to reduce their company’s packaging waste and use the most environmentally responsible packaging available on the market. Their partnership with TerraCycle allows them to further reinforce their role as an environmental leader in the music industry.

TerraCycle is a global leader in recycling typically non-recyclable waste, working with companies to implement recycling initiatives and finding solutions for materials otherwise destined for landfill.

Musicians interested in recycling through Playback can visit http://www.daddario.com/playback. For more information on the recycle and restring event, please contact Tarpley Music at (806) 352-5293.

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