Choosing the Right Instrument

July 21st, 2014 by Trent

The staff at Midwest Musical Imports has extensive experience performing and teaching on our respective instruments, in addition to the sales we do every day. We want you to make an informed decision and purchase an instrument that will serve you well for years  We hope that these guide will give you a more clear picture of what we have to offer as you seek the right instrument for you. We are always happy to speak with you over the phone, so please don’t hesitate to call us at 1-800-926-5587. Click the appropriate link below for your instrument buyer’s guide so you can get started on your research.

Choosing the right Oboe or English Horn

Choosing the right Bassoon

Choosing the right Clarinet

Choosing the right Saxophone

An Automatic Ab/Bb Trill Mechanism Retrofit – Bassoon Repair

July 21st, 2014 by Trent

Cross posted from Trent’s personal blog. Repair tech Eric Anderson and bassoon specialist Trent Jacobs team up again for more creative bassoon keywork ideas.
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IDRS 2014 New York University Steinhardt

July 14th, 2014 by Jeff

Come visit us at our booth at the IDRS conference August 5-9 at New York University Steinhardt. We will have many instruments, bocals, cane, reed making supplies, and of course our knowledgeable expert staff of instrument specialists to guide your purchase.

IDRS 2014 MMI

 

Now Hiring: Woodwind Repair Technician

July 9th, 2014 by Jessica

Update 9/15/2014: The position is now filled. We will be announcing our new staff member soon.

Midwest Musical Imports is looking for a full-time double reed repair technician for our growing repair department. Applicants should be experienced in all aspects of woodwind repair, preferably with a focus on oboe and bassoon repairs. We pride ourselves on quality repairs—we are not a production shop. Instruments we repair include: oboes, English horns, bassoons, contrabassoons, clarinets, flutes and saxophones. Our clientele includes beginning players, schools, college professors, and symphonic professionals.

Qualified candidates should be a graduate of a band instrument repair course and have a basic knowledge/skill to different types of padding, adhesion, key fitting, dent and tenon work. Preferred skills include body cracks and tenon replacement, but on-site training for these is available. Other necessary skills include: machine tool operations, soldering/brazing, and understanding of levers, spring, hinges and threaded adjustments.

Benefits include: competitive pay, bonuses, paid vacation, paid holidays, retirement plan, generous employee discounts, paid NAPBIRT dues and ongoing educational classes (including attending NAPBIRT conferences and meeting with woodwind manufacturers.)

Pay is commensurate with experience. This is an hourly position. Hours are: Monday—Friday 9-5, with an occasional Saturday shift. Schedule may be flexible. Location is in Minneapolis, MN.

Please send a resume and cover letter via email to: Jessica@mmimports.com Position is open until filled.

Chasing the Perfect Reed – Nordic Woodwind Encounter

July 9th, 2014 by Trent

Our friends at Puchner produced a wonderful and hilarious silent film as a birthday present for bassoonist Magnus Nilsson. We think you’ll enjoy it. Please be aware there is some course language (as there often is when trying to make a reed).

And we wanted to let you know more details about the masterclass festival mentioned at the end of the video: the Nordic Woodwind Encounter. Double reed clinicians include Jonathan Small (oboe), Stefano Canuti and Magnus Nilsson (bassoon). This would be a wonderful opportunity to play and study great music with wonderful international musicians in Sweden. For more information visit www.nordicwoodwind.se or click here to view the PDF flyer.

Thanks for the incredible support you and your colleagues serve my students. It really makes an enormous difference for their success in the profession.