April 15, 2020 I Coronavirus
Bari Woodwinds Rolls Back Prices
Bari Woodwinds, a Palmetto, Florida-based manufacturer of mouthpieces and synthetic reeds, has announced it will honor last year’s pricing through the remainder of 2020.
While the company is temporarily shut down until at least April 30, orders can still be placed via email and will be filled as soon as possible, according to Ron Van Ostenbridge, Bari Woodwinds CEO and managing partner.
“We’re trying to make a contribution to the industry and to our customers by rolling back our prices,” said Van Ostenbridge about the decision he made with Bari Woodwinds’ president Gary Spears. “We’re willing to do a lot less margin-wise if it will help everybody stay in business and help everybody get going.”
According to Van Ostenbridge, this translates to an approximately 5% discount that applies to all models except for CNC products.
“It doesn’t seem like a big price break, but it is because we raised prices 5 to 8 percent as of Jan. 1 this year,” Van Ostenbridge said. “We just want to do what we can, our little part, and we hope that works and does something positive.”
Despite tough times, Van Ostenbridge remains optimistic about the future of his company and the industry as a whole.
“If everybody does their part, pitches in, sacrifices a little bit, we’ll pull through this better and stronger,” he said.