Re: WWBW NOT Going Out Of Business
There has been much talk recently on this board with regard to The Woodwind & Brasswind going out of business. I can assure you all that the case could not be more the opposite!
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Technically correct Scott, but the spin is in big time. Remember Bill and Monica?
WWBW is now owned by Guitar Center and will still exist online, but according to South Bend Indiana media, the flagship store WILL close at the end of this year.
5:47 p.m. EDT, August 17, 2011
WSBT has confirmed that Woodwind & Brasswind is closing its retail store, call center and warehouse.
This affects 115 jobs. The employees were told in a company-wide meeting Wednesday.
The lease on their current facility on the west side is up in February. Dennis Haffeman, the executive vice president of human resources for the Guitar Center, said in October the company will begin moving jobs to another call center in Indianapolis.
They are offering the positions in Indianapolis to employees here if they want to relocate. If not, they will get a severance package.
Haffeman said the last day of operations will be December 31 with some layoffs happening before that date. They will be liquidating the merchandise in November and December.
Woodwind & Brasswind is a musical instrument company that began in 1978. The lease on their current facility on the west side is up in February.
Stay with WSBT for updates.
For the TV news video, go to http://www.southbendtribune.com
and type woodwind in the search box.
Please note that much of this information came from the Guitar Center executive vice president of human resources. Correct me if I am wrong, but isn't the VP of HR a bit higher up the food chain than woodwind manager?
The worlds greatest music store will now exist only as a website.
If you have not experienced WWBW, you simply cannot understand what losing this brick and mortar store means. A music store the size of a small Wal-Mart stocked with EVERYTHING will vanish.
As it is, the physical WWBW only a ghost of it's former self.
Want to try and compare 20 or 30 mouthpieces in one sitting? 3 or 4 cuts of the same piece? Or multiple examples of the same cut?
Want to compare multiple samples each of a Ref 36 to a Ref 54 to a JK to Yani on the same day?
This WAS a wind player's paradise, including brass.
After this year? an empty building. And then try getting a dozen or two mouthpieces to play test and compare from WWBW/Guitar Center. Or 5 or 6 tenors. Ain't gonna happen.
Sure, WWBW is technically not going out of business, and Bill Clinton technically did not have sex with Monica Lewinski.
Scott, I was born in a hospital, but not yesterday.