Professional Wind Instrument Consultants of nj

Northbranch Records, LLC, P.O. Box 5233, North Branch, NJ 08876, (908) 252-2828,

Our Impact

In addition to finding our customers the best equipment and accessories for their playing needs, PWIC also seriously considers sustainable business practices.  We wholeheartedly believe in the 4 R's (reduce, reuse, recycle, and repurpose) and try to implement them as much as possible. Almost all of the boxes and packing material have been reused, and we encourage our customers to do the same.  And, much like the Apple store, we can email you your receipt instead of printing paper copies. We are also acutely aware of the environmental and societal challenges of utilizing rare African hardwoods to make instruments. Check out the Mpingo Conservation & Development Initiative to learn more. We strongly support the use of Buffet Crampon's "Greenline" technology, which effectively reclaims unusable Mpingo wood fibre to make professional instruments, often to great effect. We are particularly fond of the results with the Greenline Oboe (BC3613G-2) and the Greenline Prestige Bass Clarinet (BC1193G-2) which provide both tremendous tonal results as well as critical ambient stability (e.g. the risk of cracking is greatly reduced).

From a consumer perspective, you too can do your part to help reduce your footprint.  Reed cases can be recycled (check with your local recycling center on what numbers they accept, etc).  The reeds themselves are organic material, and Vandoren recommends putting them in a compost pile and letting them naturally decay for great organic matter for your garden, etc.   For the more crafty among us, there are some great projects to do with kids that save reeds and reed cases from the trash bin.  Check out a few ideas below:

How to Make an Igloo from Reed Cases

(Photo taken by ClarinetCache)
Reed artwork at the Rico Factory in California

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