Labor Day 2015

August 25th, 2015 by Jeff

Happy Labor Day!  We will be closed the following days for the holiday weekend –

Saturday September 5th: Closed

Sunday September 6th: Closed

Monday September 7th: Closed

Normal business hours will resume Tuesday September 8th, 2015 at 9 am central time.

We will be offering FREE shipping on all domestic online orders for the weekend. A great chance to stock up on all of your back-to-school needs!

New Hand-Selected Lorée Oboes

August 18th, 2015 by Jeff

Just in time for the start of a new school year, we have a fantastic selection of Lorée AK, Royal, and 125 Lorée oboes now in stock.  These oboes were hand-selected at Lorée by Nathan Hughes, principal oboist of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra.  We have a full selection of instrument now ready for trials and we’re anxious to find new homes for these wonderful instruments.  Contact our Jeff or Steven in the oboe department for trial information and availability.

A bit about Mr. Hughes –

nathanheadshotNathan Hughes is Principal Oboe of the Metropolitan Opera and is a member of the faculty at The Juilliard School.  He previously served as Principal Oboe of the Seattle Symphony and has made guest appearances as Principal Oboe with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic, and San Francisco Symphony.  A prolific chamber musician, Hughes has performed with the Met Chamber Ensemble at Carnegie Hall as well as with the Philadelphia and Seattle Chamber Music Societies.  He has also made appearances at the Aspen, Bridgehampton, Lucerne, Mainly Mozart, Marlboro, Salzburg, Santa Fe, Sarasota, Spoleto, Tanglewood and Verbier festivals.  A dedicated teacher, his students hold positions in numerous major symphony orchestras.  He has presented master classes at institutions such as the Cleveland Institute of Music, Manhattan School of Music, National Orchestral Institute, New World Symphony, Oberlin Conservatory, Round Top Festival Institute, Toronto’s Royal Conservatory, and the Poznań Academy in Poland.  He has earned degrees from The Juilliard School and the Cleveland Institute of Music, from which he is a recipient of the Alumni Achievement Award.

About F.Lorée Oboes –

The reputation of F.Lorée oboes is based on both tradition and advanced techniques.

Indeed, they are still handcrafted from carefully selected pieces of grenadilla wood from Mozambique (« Forest Stewardship Council » (FSC) certified) stored for more than five years. According to time-honored traditions, keys are made in solid nickel-silver then plated with a thick coat of silver or gold. Highly technical means of measure and control reduce tolerances in the fitting of the keys which can then react to the highest velocity and in silence for studio work and concert. Because it improves the reliability of the adjustments, the use of cork pads throughout the instrument contributes to an easy sound emission aven after years of performances.

F.Lorée strives for perfection through the development of a permanent staff training program and encouraging an active participation of the technicians in quality control. The ultimate finishing is manual but the control of tuning uses the most advanced electronic equipment available.

In 2010, the company was awarded the State label “Entreprise du Patrimoine Vivant” (“Living Heritage Company”, or EPV) that rewards French firms for the excellence of their traditional and industrial skills.

 

MMI Exclusive Sharpening Steels

August 4th, 2015 by Jeff

Now in stock and ready to ship, the Dual-sided sharpening steels for reed knives have returned!  After a long hiatus, we began working with a new manufacturer approximately 8 months ago and have finally created a product which is of the highest standards for our customers.  The micro-grooves are just fine enough to remove an ultra-fine layer of metal from your knife while the smooth side of the rod will add a very fine edge which is extremely sharp.  We have spent a great deal of time with our manufacturer in production to ensure that every detail is perfect and we can present to you a product that we stand behind 100%!

These steels will be exclusively distributed through Midwest Musical Imports.

Check them out in the webstore or you can give us a call in the shop at 800.926.5587 to get yours!

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