Boost Your Creativity

December 22nd, 2012 by Jessica

I recently came across this article and thought it was pretty interesting.  A recent study has shown that after spending time outside and being unplugged from technology, you can boost your creativity by 50%!!  See The Surprising Side Effect of a Winter Hike. Read the rest of this entry »

Tube Cane Guide

December 19th, 2012 by Jeff

Tube Cane Guide

The foundation of any great reed is the quality of its parts, most importantly the cane used.  One of the most frequently asked questions the oboe staff gets at MMI is ‘What kind of tube cane is really good right now?’  While every oboist looks for different characteristics in their cane, this guide will serve as a breakdown for the general qualities our cane displays.  Keep in mind that different batches of cane will behave differently though there are some consistencies in brands that we see from batch to batch as we sort the cane.  As always, we do not recommend buying large quantities of cane you’ve never worked with before as tube cane is non-returnable.  Start with a quarter pound to determine if the cane will suit your needs.  If you like what you get you can always order more!  If you have any further questions regarding tube cane batches, you can always contact Jeff or Steven at 800.926.5587 for further information and insights! Read the rest of this entry »

Holiday Gift Ideas

December 11th, 2012 by Trent

Looking for the right gift for that woodwind player in your life? Here are some of our most gift-appropriate suggestions from the staff at MMI.

Of course, if nothing below strikes your fancy, or if you don’t know what to get, we do have gift certificates too.

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New Heckel Bocals

December 7th, 2012 by Trent

Silver and gold is overrated. We prefer silver and nickel!

This is what Christmastime looks like at MMI! Beautiful snowflakes of Heckel bocals. And each one is kind of like a snowflake: no two are exactly alike. That’s why we have such a great trial policy on bassoon bocals. Our latest batch just came in, of our most popular types in either nickel or silver plating. Call Trent or Jessica at 1-800-926-5587 and we’ll get you set up with a trial.

Not sure what kind of bocal is best for you? We’re happy to help you pick from our selection based on our extensive knowledge of bassoons, bocals, playing styles, and experience meeting hundreds of customers’ needs over the years.

Holiday Offers and Specials!

December 7th, 2012 by Jeff

Happy Ho-Ho-Holidays Friends!  We’re pleased to offer several new specials for our loyal customers for the Holiday Season!  Now through the end of the year we’ll be offering FREE SHIPPING on all domestic webstore and phone accessory orders.  Make sure to check out our webstore and pick out all those stocking stuffers for the oboist or bassoonist in the family!


In the Twin Cities or stopping through anytime soon?  Come in to the shop to pick up your double reed accessories and we’ll pay your sales tax!  Save a few extra dollars just in time for the Holidays.  Valid through the end of the year, excludes instrument and bocal purchases.