Buffet R13 Clarinets – try before you buy!

March 24th, 2014 by Brandon

Hand-Selected Buffet R13 Clarinets

We currently have a great stock of hand-selected Buffet R13 clarinets! And with our try before you buy program, you only pay shipping for up to 3 clarinets with no money down. NO RISK – even if you or your students do not buy an instrument from us, we’ll refund your shipping charges as a thank you for trying us out.

View our current inventory here.

Call us today! (800) 926-5587

Current Buffet-Crampon R13 Clarinet Inventory – 3/18/14

March 18th, 2014 by Brandon

Current R13 Bb clarinet stock includes:buffet-crampon-r13
S#634680 – Nickel Keys
S#636044 – Nickel Keys
S#634729 – Nickel Keys
S#650657 – Nickel Keys
S#650658 – Nickel Keys
S#650672 – Nickel Keys
S#650684 – Nickel Keys
S#650699 – Nickel Keys
S#650705 – Nickel Keys
S#651165 – Nickel Keys
S#651617 – Nickel Keys

S#635830 – Silver Keys
S#645878 – Silver Keys
S#649075 – Silver Keys
S#649077 – Silver Keys
S#650152 – Silver Keys
S#650161 – Silver Keys

Current R13 A Clarinet stock:
S#648431 – Nickel Keys
S#650787 – Nickel Keys

S#633998 – Silver Keys

Visit our store, contact Brandon(AT)mmimports.com or call us at (800) 926-5587 for more information.

A new selection of Lorees has arrived!

March 17th, 2014 by Jeff

loree-c3-akJust in time for the arrival of spring, we have a wide selection of brand new Loree Regular Royal and AK standard oboes in stock and ready for trials! These oboes are just in from Paris and have been set-up and play tested by our repair team and oboe specialists.  These are truly wonderful horns.

Now through the end of May 2014, if you purchase an instrument with us we’ll be happy to offer a shipping rebate on your purchase!

Loree has long been the industry standard for orchestral performance. In 1881, François Lorée, the ex-foreman of Triebert, founded his own oboe factory. His son, Lucien took over the firm at his death in 1902.

Supported by Georges Gillet, teacher at the Paris Conservatoire, Lucien Lorée modernized the oboe and realized several inventions. The famous “Conservatory Plateau System” was one of these, and in 1906 it was quickly adopted by soloists around the world. Instrument manufacturer Raymond Dubois acquired the firm in 1925 but Lucien Loree still took an active part in production. Robert de Gourdon, Mr. Dubois’ son-in-law, joined the firm in 1935, and had the opportunity to work in close cooperation with Lucien Lorée. In 1967, Robert de Gourdon began to share his knowledge and expertise with his son, Alain, now chairman of the firm.

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Minnesota Orchestra Sibelius Giveaway!

March 6th, 2014 by Jeff

Minnesota Orchestra SibeliusExperience a night with the Grammy Award winning Minnesota Orchestra with Osmo Vänskä at helm conducting Sibelius Symphonies Nos. 1 & 4. We are giving away 2 tickets to the concert on Saturday March 29th, 2014  at 8pm at Orchestra Hall. These are floor seats and are extremely hard to get at this point in time.  These concerts will surely be an unforgettable evening of amazing music!

Entry is simple! Here are the rules – (click to read the rest of this entry for official rules)

  • 1 entry per person/family
  • No purchase necessary at the time of entry

The drawing will be held on Monday March 24th, 2014 – we will select a winner and runner-up.  Make sure you’re in Minnesota or planning to be in Minnesota for the concert on the 29th.

To enter:

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Instrument Trial Shipping Rebate

March 5th, 2014 by Jeff

Now through May 31st, 2014 we’re pleased to offer an instrument trial shipping rebate! We have a large selection of new and used oboes, bassoons, and clarinets in stock and if you purchase an instrument now through the end of May we’re please to refund your trial shipping costs on all standard ground shipping!

Right now we have a vast selection of new and used oboes with a new batch of Loree oboes arriving from Paris. We also have brand new Howarth, Marigaux, Fox, and Buffet oboes in stock and ready to ship for trials.

fox240In the bassoon department we have new Puchner pro bassoons, Takeda, Wolf, and Fox pro and Renard bassoons. We have quite the selection of Fox 240 bassoons here and available!

We are also stocking a large selection of Buffet R13 Clarinets in both nickel & silver plating. These instruments just arrived to us from Buffet and are ready for trials!

Here at Midwest Musical Imports we are musicians serving musicians. All of our instruments are under the care of experienced musicians specializing in their respective instruments. We work hard to get the highest quality instruments for all of your performance needs. Contact our instrumental specialists in the shop at 800.926.5587, or visit our Instrument Trials page for more information.

Fox Bocal Information

March 5th, 2014 by Trent

In 2010, Fox introduced a new line of their already very popular double star bocals, the R2. These bocals are even in tone color and responsive across the range. There are some variables to look at when considering a Fox bocal.

All of the Fox double-star R2 bocals start with the letter C, followed by two letters that indicate first the thickness, then the bore type.

T – “Thin-wall” These are similar to the Heckel CD bocal line, roughly .5mm thick throughout the wall of the bocal. The thinner wall means greater flexibility of tone character and typically an easier responding lower register.
V – Standard thickness. Similar to the Heckel CC thickness, with an average of .6mm through the wall of the bocal. Best for stability and more projection.
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Puchner Bocal Information

March 5th, 2014 by Trent

Puchner is historically one of the most well-respected bassoon manufacturing firms in the world, with a history dating back to the early 19th century. Puchner bocals have undergone many revisions through the years, with modern bocals finding their way to many major symphony and concert halls across the country. While other manufacturers have dozens of variables, Puchner stays with only some options that suit the needs of most players.

Puchner-bassoon-bocalThe first letter will indicate the bore, which will be followed by a letter indicating the metal and thickness. All bocals are silver plated. Available in standard lengths 0-3 (equal to Heckel lengths)

There are three bores available:
C – the C bore is the standard bore that offers excellent response in all registers and makes for a good orchestral or chamber music bocal.
B – the B bore has a more focused sound with more “core”, suitable for solo playing.
A – the A bore is specifically designed for high note response, with some sacrifice for the lowest register.
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Fox 240 Back in stock!

March 4th, 2014 by Jessica


These have been very difficult to keep in stock for the last several months, and we finally have a healthy quantity in the store, ready to ship for trial. Call one of our bassoon specialists at 1-800-926-5587 and we can get you squared away!

Thank you MMI for all the knowledge, care and wonderful service you have provided for so many of us over the years! You are an invaluable resource for musicians everywhere!