The sales and repair staff at Midwest Musical Imports extend their thanks for visiting our informational website and store.
We hope you find the information in our blog helpful, and our product selection to meet your needs. If you have any questions about our products, services, instruments, or even just need advice on reed making or getting the most out of your current setup, please feel free to contact one of our conservatory trained specialists.
Back row: Katie, Allen, Brandon, Caleb, Jeff
Front Row: Jessica, Matt, Virginia, Eric, Tori, Steven
Buffet Crampon’s 1193 Prestige bass clarinet is an excellent instrument that features amazing projection that will cut through any band or orchestra with ease. The overall sound is warm, focused and consistent throughout all ranges. The altissimo range is particularly easy to play with the right mouthpiece and reed combination. The rich quality in the lower register combined with the quintessential bass clarinet sound is sure not to disappoint.
Buffet Crampon’s Tosca bass clarinet is amazing! On first play I sensed how easy it is to play. The new bore design creates a sound that is soloistic in nature but is also warm and focused. Immediately I could tell the difference between the Prestige in sound and key performance. The instrument seems to do all the work for you as it almost has the feel of playing a Bb clarinet, especially when going over the break. This is perhaps due to the new and unique register key system. The keys are easy to reach (even for small hands) as it has a compact feel. Buffet replaced the right thumb low D with an alternate low Eb (Genius!) The consistency in tone and feel between each register is amazing. The intonation of the instrument is quite good. There is definitely an improvement in tuning in comparison to the Prestige, however, as with all instruments there are some inconsistencies.
We have regular stock of these instruments, which is very rare. This gives buyers an opportunity to gage the amazing feel and tone for themselves.
We’re pleased to offer FREE SHIPPING on all domestic accessory orders now through January 5th, 2016. Just in time to stock up for all the things you need or if you’re shopping for that oboe, bassoon, or clarinet player in your life! Either order online or call us in the shop and we’ll be able to help you out!
*Offer good on all standard USPS domestic orders. Additional shipping fees apply for USPS Priority or UPS shipments.*
*Offer good on accessory purchases only, does NOT apply to shipping on bocal or instrument purchases*
Shipping Time Frame –
USPS Standard: 3-5 days pending region
USPS Priority: 2-3 days pending region
USPS Expedited: 1-2 days pending region
UPS Ground: 3-5 days pending region
*Additional UPS expedited services (3 day, 2nd day Air, Overnight) also available, contact our specialists for details and rates*
2015 Holiday Hours:
Dec 24th: 9-1 pm central
Dec 25th & 26th: CLOSED
Dec 31st: 9-1 pm
Jan 1st: CLOSED
Jan 2nd: 9-3 pm
Jan 4th & 5th: CLOSED for our annual Inventory
Normal Business hours resume Wednesday January 6th at 9 am Central time.
Thanks and Happy Holidays from your Midwest Musical Imports Team!
Jessica, Brandon, Steven, Jeff, Katie, Tori, Eric, Virginia, & Matt
Ever wonder what goes into the crack repair process on your oboe or clarinet? Take a look! Eric, our head repair tech, takes you through the process of repairing a crack.
MMI Oboe Reed Making Kit
The new MMI oboe reed-making kit comes complete and ready for all levels of oboe reed-making. Comes with - Wilson Single Nylon tool pouch, Rigotti oboe mandrel, Pisoni short blade double-hollow ground knife, medium cutting block, ruler, pointed rigotti plaque, cake of beeswax, 10 pieces o..