Great Deals on Keilwerth Saxophones

January 20th, 2016 by Brandon

We have some great deals on a few gently used Keilwerth saxophones we’d like to share with you. Three of these saxophones were hand selected by Keilwerth Artist – Brad Leali. Brad is a fantastic player who has been playing Keliwerth saxophones for many years and really knows what to listen for when selecting an instrument. Please have a look at what we have to offer and do not hesitate to contact us with any questions about these fine saxophones. All of these saxophones are in “like new” condition and priced to sell.

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This is one of two used Keilwerth SX90R Alto Saxophones with Black Nickel Lacquer we have in stock. These fine instruments were hand selected by accomplished saxophonist Brad Leali. Mr. Leali is the Associate Professor for Applied Jazz Saxophone at the prestigious University of North Texas jazz program and has been a Keilwerth Performing Artist for many years. The SX90R Black Nickel saxophones have set the standards for quality and performance. The Black Nickel plated body is complemented with gold lacquered keys and meticulous hand engraving to offer a look and sound that cannot be duplicated by any other. The tone is warm and expressive and resonates full and clear, allowing each player to create a personal identity and voice.

SX90R Black Nickel Alto Saxophone
Regular Price: $4095.00
Check or Cash Price: $3975.00

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**Hand Selected by Brad Leali**
SX90R Black Nickel Tenor Saxophone
Reg. Price $4495.00
Cash or Check Price: $4360.00

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SX90R Reg. Lacquer Alto Saxophone
Reg. Price: $3895.00
Cash or Check Price: $3780.00

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SX90R Reg. Lacquer Tenor Saxophone
Reg. Price: $4295.00
Cash or Check Price: $4165.00

Please call Brandon at (800)926-5587 or locally 612-331-4717 for more info or to begin a trial on one of these saxophones. You can also email Brandon@mmimports.com. Thanks!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ANCIA Saxophone Quartet Festive Evening w/ Libby Larsen

December 11th, 2014 by Brandon
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ANCIA Saxophone Quartet
Festive Evening with Libby Larsen

Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014
5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Studio Z, 275 East Fourth Street, Suite 200
St. Paul

Please join us for an evening of wonderful music by the ANCIA Saxophone Quartet. Libby Larsen will speak about her new composition for saxophone quartet, Confluence, commissioned by ANCIA. Delicious hors d’oeuvres and festive holiday refreshments will be available for your enjoyment. This is a fundraising event to support the creation of Confluence.
Confluence will be premiered at the World Saxophone Congress in Strasbourg, France, July 2015.
ANCIA has been an advocate for new music since the group’s inception almost 25 years ago. We connected with Libby last year and discussed our mutual interest in working together.
About Confluence… One of the major themes of my work over the past 30 years is human relationship to our natural world. From 1983 to today, I have taken every opportunity I can to compose music which moves performers and listeners to think about themselves in relation to the Earth and their responsibilities as stewards of sustainability. For the ANCIA saxophone quartet, I have planned a work which deals with confluences of rivers. – Libby Larsen
Donations at every level are greatly appreciated. 
 
SUGGESTED DONATION LEVELS
$50
$100 (donors at this level will receive special mention in the score)
$500 (donors at this level will receive an autographed copy of the score and special mention in the score).
Please RSVP to info@anciaquartet.com
IF YOU ARE UNABLE TO ATTEND but would like to make a tax deductible contribution to the commission of Confluence, please click here to donate or send a check made out to “Springboard for the Arts” with ANCIA Quartet in the memo line to:
ANCIA Quartet
4811 35th Ave.
Mpls., MN 55417
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!
Contact us at info@anciaquartet.com

Introducing the Selmer Présence Clarinets

October 14th, 2014 by Brandon

We have two brand new Bb Selmer Presence clarinets by SeleS in stock and ready to go out on trial.  Selmer has finally manufactured a great professional clarinet at a more affordable price so contact Brandon at brandon@mmimports.com or 1(800)926-5587  if you would like to give them a try.

Selmer Présence clarinets

Selmer says:

Henri SELMER Paris unveils, under the new brand SeleS, a never before seen clarinet called Présence.

Thanks to its innovative bore design, this clarinet has unique acoustic qualities that provide ease of emission, exceptional homogeneity and above all an instrument that is easy to play.

The sound of the Présence clarinet is a mix of harmonic richness, and timbre; essential characteristics to the instrument. Also, the research done on the position and size of the tone holes has given this clarinet unrivalled intonation.

Specially designed keys, as well as new key orientations and positions, provide unmatched mechanical precision and response combined with player comfort.

Selmer Présence clarinets are available in Bflat and A with two keywork finishes available: silver and nickel. An E-flat lever is also available as an option.

The grenadilla wood is selected, delicately worked, naturally treated, lacquered and waterproofed for a protection and finish at the top of its class. This clarinet comes equipped with Valentino pads, preferred by many clarinetists and recommended by experienced repairers for their seal, stability and durability.

Saxophone Camps at Shell Lake Arts Center

May 13th, 2014 by Brandon

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At Saxophone Summer at the Shell Lake Arts Center, there’s 7 great weeks of playing and studying to choose from, with 19 saxophone faculty artists from classical to jazz.  Shell Lake contact info listed at bottom of post. Read the rest of this entry »

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.

Choosing the Best Saxophone Brands

May 30th, 2013 by Brandon

ThBuffet Crampon Saxophonee first thing you’ll need to do is familiarize yourself with brands and models.  There are many different brands and models of saxophones and it can be a daunting task to wade through the sea of instruments available to the prospective buyer.  There’s endless amounts of information online but for many this can add to the confusion.  Enlisting the help of school teachers/private lesson teachers, local professionals and music store employees will help narrow down the search.  Once you’ve decided on a specific make/model or two you can then use the internet more effectively by reading reviews and gathering what you can from the manufacturer’s website to act as your own saxophone buyer’s guide.

You don’t have to buy the most expensive instrument but you should always try to get the best instrument you can afford.  Nicer instruments with a reputable brand name tend to hold their value much better than the smaller off-brand variety.  Another factor may be the type of playing one chooses to do, you wouldn’t want to bring your expensive professional model saxophone to marching band practice where it could be easily damaged.  If you’re just beginning your musical journey it’s best to go with a good student model horn for this very reason.

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Francisco Mela and Brandon Wozniak

April 19th, 2013 by Brandon

I’ll be performing in a quartet with with NYC drummer (by way of Cuba) Francisco Mela (member of Joe Lovano’s US Five, McCoy Tyner, Esperanza Spalding) at the MacPhail Center for Music this Saturday, April 20, 2013,  at 8:00 pm.  Francisco tours much of the year with some of the biggest names in jazz and also leads his own group called Francisco Mela’s Cuban Safari.  Local favorites Tanner Taylor (piano) and Graydon Peterson (bass) will round out the rhythm section.  We hope to see you there.

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Francisco Mela is currently a favorite among elite jazz instrumentalists such as Joe Lovano (Us Five), John Scofield (John Scofield Trio), and Joanne Brackeen. He is a regular member of Kenny Barron’s working trio, all of whom cite his charisma, sophistication, and life-affirming spirit.

His first opportunity to perform outside of Cuba came when Hernández was booked for an appearance at the Cancún Jazz Festival. In 1997, Francisco returned to Mexico to perform in Cancún with his own group, the MelaSon Latin Jazz Band. Then, a chance encounter with Panamanian jazz pianist Danilo Pérez led him to a life-changing decision. “Danilo encouraged me to move to Boston,” Francisco reminisces. “He said, ‘Don’t worry. if you come to Boston, you’re going to end up playing with better people than me.’”

He initially planned to study at either Berklee College or The New England Conservatory of Music, but professional opportunities headed him in another direction. It wasn’t long before Francisco was the house drummer of Wally’s Café, one of Boston’s hottest jazz clubs. While honing his own sound as a jazz drummer and broadening his leadership role as leader of a quintet, he also had an opportunity to back such world class talent as Pérez, fellow Cuban Gonzalo Rubalcaba, and his longtime idol, drummer Roy Haynes.

Eventually, he started playing with music professors at Berklee. Then, one day, he received a call to teach at the prestigious institution. He currently balances a hectic schedule of appearances with the aforementioned pianist Kenny Barron, saxophonists Joe Lovano and George Garzone, bassist John Patitucci, and guitarist John Scofield. Francisco’s professional and artistic horizons continue to broaden as he collaborates with more and more musicians.

Ancia Saxophone Quartet – Sat. May 4th & 5th

April 17th, 2013 by Brandon
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Ancia Saxophone Quartet

The Ancia Saxophone Quartet  will be performing twice in the Twin Cities in early May. Details below.

Studio Z
Saturday, May 4, 7:30 pm (Talk with Jeff Herriott at 7:00 pm)
Works by Herriott, Sturm, Dove, Glass
Northwestern Building, 2nd Floor
275 East Fourth Street Suite 200
St. Paul, MN 55101
Prices: $5 here or $10 at the door ($5 for students/seniors)

Weisman Art Museum
Sunday, May 5, 2013, 4:00 pm
Works by Desenclos, Glass, Dove, Dodgion, Carisi
University of Minnesota
333 East River Road
Minneapolis, MN 55455
Free Admission!

The Ancia Saxophone Quartet was founded in 1990 as an ensemble dedicated to the creation and performance of new works for saxophone quartet as well as the performance of traditional saxophone quartet repertoire.

Keilwerth Saxophones

March 22nd, 2013 by Brandon

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MMI is proud to now be carrying Keilwerth saxophones.  These instruments are made in Germany using the highest quality materials insuring the most durable construction and consistent resonance and sound.  All key work and mechanics are created by hand to ensure the most precise fit and accurate performance.  This high level of workmanship is realized through every aspect of the build, from the key work to the hand soldered posts and tone hole rings.

The Julius Keilwerth SX90R Saxophone allows the player to shape their music.  With innovative bore and bow designs and signature “rolled tone holes” feature, this model is reminiscent of the “big tone” saxophones of the 1940’s but with modern precision and quality manufacturing. Read the rest of this entry »

I definitely plan to send my oboe to the repair techs at MMI in the future. I don't think my oboe has played this well since I've purchased it!