Save the Minnesota Orchestra!

August 27th, 2013 by Jeff

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As most are aware, here in Minnesota we’re facing the decimation of one of our most beloved treasures – the Minnesota Orchestra.  We are entering Month 11, almost an entire year, since the management locked out our musicians and has fractured the very cultural soul of the Twin Cities.  As professional musicians ourselves and having collaborated with the musicians of the of the MN Orchestra, we are in full support of ending the lock out and restoring the once great Minnesota Orchestra.  We’re also nearing the September 15th deadline that was presented by music director (and MMI customer) Osmo Vanska, threatening to resign his position as Music Director in the event the lock-out is not ended. Show your solidarity and support for our locked-out musicians with the purchase of buttons, t-shirts, window-decals, and lawn-signs with all proceeds going to the Musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra. Whether you’re a Twin Cities local or somewhere across the country or even world – we ask that you take a moment to weigh in and help us end the lockout.   Remember, an orchestra is more than just the musicians that perform – it’s the sum of the whole.  Talented musicians, a community of classical music lovers, patrons, schools and children alike.  We, as a community, can save this orchestra!

Thank you for taking the time.

Sincerely,

Your instrumental and repair specialists at Midwest Musical Imports

Jessica, Trent, Jeff, Steven, Brandon, Matt, & Eric

 

Labor Day 2013

August 27th, 2013 by Jeff

In observance of Labor Day Weekend, we will be closed from Saturday, August 31st through Monday, September 2nd.  Our normal business hours will resume on Tuesday, September 3rd at 9am central time.

Don’t forget to visit our webstore and take advantage of the FREE standard shipping for all of your back-to-school woodwind needs!

The problem with metronomes…

August 15th, 2013 by Trent

MetronomeThere’s at least a dozen jokes about metronomes, but they can be one of the most helpful tools for a musician to play with technical and rhythmical accuracy. There’s more to using a metronome than just setting the metronome to performance tempo and attempting to keep up. Here are some strategies for using  metronome more effectively.

1. Start way slower than you think you need to. You’ll clean up your fingering and embouchure technique greatly if you practice at VERY slow and controlled speeds. To make sure you’re not speeding up, lock that metronome at a subdivided tempo and stay with it.

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30th Anniversary Sale!

August 15th, 2013 by Jeff

30th Anniversary SaleIn honor of our 30th Anniversary of serving the double reed and woodwind community, we’re pleased to offer our devoted (and new!) customers free standard shipping on all domestic online or phone accessory orders!  Take advantage of stocking up for all your back-to-school needs – whether it’s cane, tools, reeds,  or other accessories – all qualify for free shipping.  In addition, if you find yourself in the Twin Cities or are a regular customer, stop in the shop and receive 10% off your in-store purchases!

Head over to our online store to take advantage of this great sale.

Also, if you’re in the market for a new or ‘new to you’ instrument – we’re offering a $50 shipping rebate on all instrument trials!  If you purchase any new or used instrument from an instrument trial now through the end of September, $50 of your shipping will be applied toward the purchase of your instrument!

For the past 30 years, we’ve worked hard to keep a full selection of new and used instruments as well as accessories for all of your performance needs.  We look forward to serving you for many years in the future!

Sincerely,

Your Midwest Musical Imports Instrument and Repair Specialists!

I definitely plan to send my oboe to the repair techs at MMI in the future. I don't think my oboe has played this well since I've purchased it!