July 4th, 2014 Holiday Hours & Free Shipping

June 30th, 2014 by Jeff

Need accessories?  Cane?  Music?  Now’s the time to get it!  We’re offering Free shipping on all online domestic accessory orders!  Starting Thursday at 5pm, we’ll be offering free shipping to all online orders placed between thursday evening and monday morning.

July 2014 Holiday Hours –

Friday July 4th – closed

Saturday July 5th – closed

Sunday July 6th – closed

Normal business hours will resume on Monday morning, July 7th at 9am central time.

Introducing the Lorée-Cabart Oboe & English Horn

June 11th, 2014 by Jeff

We’re pleased to offer the Lorée-Cabart instruments here at Midwest Musical Imports – Including both the Cabart Oboe and the new English horn! Looking for your first English horn on a budget then we highly recommend the Lorée-Cabart. A mostly full conservatory instrument, it is all grenadilla  and includes a Lorée 2H bocal, case and case cover. These are beautiful instruments and certainly worth trying!  The oboes have long been an affordable option for students and amateurs alike!  Call for current price and availability.

About the Cabart Firm –

Founded in 1893, Cabart became part of the de Gourdon company in 1974. Cabart is the stamp of well-made student oboes and English horns with close tolerances, key-fitting, and cork pads throughout the instruments. Because of their high standard of manufacture combined with precise and stable tuning, Cabart is, very often, the most promising student choice.

Extending the Life of Your Bassoon Reed

June 11th, 2014 by Trent

Merz-bassoon-reedBassoon reeds are expensive, either in terms of cost of buying a hand-made reed or in your own time for making your own. If you buy hand made reeds you are paying for not just the raw materials, but the years of experience of learning to make a good reed, and the time if takes to make that individual reed. If you make your own, you know how much effort and skill (and a bit of luck) goes into making a good reed. So naturally you want them to last as long as possible. Here are some really simple guidelines for extending the potential playing life of a bassoon reed.

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Oboe Summer Goals

June 10th, 2014 by Steven

Oboe Summer Goals

Not going to a festival or studying privately, but want to up your musical game between the summer months?  What can you do on your own to improve your playing?  Grab a tuner, metronome, and one of these methods!  Challenge yourself with my picks for the top oboe method books for practice and self-teaching:

Barret Oboe Method– These progressive etudes have an opera aria influence, and chiefly are used for studying musicality.  Valuable technique studies are also included in this method.  There is a version edited by Martin Schuring, which is much easier to read; it is missing some prose discussing oboe basics, including breathing and articulation.

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