Our Bassoon Reeds

June 20th, 2013 by Trent

Bassoon ReedsUnlike your local music store, MMI carries mostly hand-made bassoon reeds, made by bassoonists that test and finish each one to their precise specifications. We select reed makers that provide a reed that we think is something our customers will enjoy playing on and will give good results to beginners and advanced players alike. Because selecting a reed from MMI is a bit more complicated than “soft,” “medium,” and “hard,” you can refer to this guide when making your first selection, or if you’re considering a different reed than the last time you ordered.

As always, feel free to call us and speak with a bassoon specialist about your needs, experience level, and preferences in a reed, and we can try to make a suggestion for you. Read the rest of this entry »

A special memorial

June 14th, 2013 by Trent

We sometimes have quite unique and touching experiences with our customers. Recently a gentleman that hadn’t played his bassoon in over 25 years had his Puchner completely restored in our repair shop and was so thankful for our help and guidance through the process (and it was a great bassoon!). Another customer had some unusual hand problems that we were able to help her accommodate through ergonomic adjustments and adaptations to her instrument.

Most recently I had a very humbling and touching experience on the power of music and how much one woman can effect those around her. The connection reached beyond my job, so I wrote about it on my personal page. Read about it here:

A Memorial.

International Double Reed Society Conference!

June 6th, 2013 by Jeff


The 42nd Annual IDRS Conference is June 25-29, 2013
at the University of Redlands!

 The University of Redlands is excited to be hosting the 42nd annual IDRS Conference, and your conference hosts are looking forward to the many concerts, recitals, masterclasses, lectures, reading sessions, and more that will be featured.

Make sure to come by the Midwest Musical Imports table in the exhibitors hall to visit with Jessica, Trent, Jeff, and Steven.  Also repair tech Eric will be at the table doing on the spot instrument adjustments for free!  We’ll have tons of oboe and bassoon accessories as well as a vast selection of instruments to try.  We have new oboes arriving from Loree, Howarth, Marigaux, and Buffet along with brand new Heckel Bassoon Bocals, new Fox, Puchner, and Wolf Bassoons.  We hope to see everyone there!

"I just want to thank you for the repair you made recently to a Fox oboe for my daughter at New England Music Camp. Everything went exactly as you said it would - the repair, the s... read more >