Buffet Rebate!

April 17th, 2017 by Jessica

Now through June 30, 2017!! Receive a $200 rebate on the purchase of any Buffet-Crampon R13 Clarinet or Buffet-Crampon Tradition Clarinet!

http://store.mmimports.com/buffet-crampon-r13bbnickel
http://store.mmimports.com/buffet-crampon-tradition-bb-nickel-plated-keys/

Call Tori or Brandon today to arrange a trial on one of these lovely new clarinets!

Thank you for attending our grand opening celebration!

March 29th, 2017 by Jessica

I would like to extend a very heartfelt thank you to everyone that came to our grand opening celebration! For those of you that came, emailed, sent flowers or called with your best wishes, we are extremely grateful. Below are some photos from the event.

A big thank you again to our generous sponsors/vendors: Buffet-Crampon, Fox Products, Loree, Puchner, Heckel, D’Addario, Peak, and Clark Fobes.

We look forward to many more events and please keep an eye on our calendar for updates!

Best wishes,
Jessica Nelson, General Manager

 

 

An overview of the reception after the recital on Friday night.

Owner and founder, Mike Aamoth gets a thumbs up after the Friday night reception from long-time customer, David Braslau.

Katie with customers at the Friday night reception.

Friday night reception.

Friday night reception.

 

Friday night reception.

Eric thanks a customer after work in the repair shop.

Our first customer during the celebration on Friday!! Jessica with her friend and oboist, Siri Garnaas

Friday was repair technician, Matt Reich’s birthday! We surprised him with a cake.

Julie Gramolini William, Chris Marshall, and Greg Williams, of the MN Orchestra during their trio performance
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We’ve moved and are open for business!!!!

January 10th, 2017 by Jessica

We are extremely happy to announce that we have moved to our new location and most importantly, WE ARE OPEN FOR BUSINESS!!!!!!  Please visit us at:  1621 E. Hennepin Ave., Ste. 100, Minneapolis, MN 55414. (Only two blocks away from our old location!) Our email and phone contacts have not changed.

If arriving by car, take East Hennepin to 16th Ave SE, and park either on 16th Ave SE (it’s a dead end), or the parking lot across from the west entrance on 16th.  If needed, there is a ramp located at the back of the building at the main entrance.  Please call us with questions. We are located in the southwest corner of the Fisk building, at the corner of 16th Ave SE and E. Hennepin Ave.

The new space is much larger than our old and includes a recital hall!  Our repair dept. and the retail shopping area have been expanded.  Below are some photos.  We can’t wait to welcome you in the store!

20170110_100734 Our new shopping area

20170110_100833The brand new recital hall!  Watch for upcoming events!!

20170110_101010The repair staff (minus Allen) in the new repair shop!  L-R , Eric, Caleb, Ginny, Matt and Coda in the front!

20170110_121359Sales staff in the new sales area! L-R Jeff, Steven, Jessica, Katie, Brandon, Tori.

We thank you for your patience over the new year as we were closed and completed our move.  Please stop by and say hello when you are in the area!  We’d love to give you a personal tour! =)

Best wishes from all of us at MMI!
Jessica, Jeff, Steven, Katie, Brandon, Tori, Eric, Ginny, Matt, Caleb and Allen

Instrument Financing Application

April 17th, 2015 by Jessica

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We are pleased to offer instrument financing through First Mutual Bank. The application can be done entirely online, and is at the bottom of the page.

The interest rate for this program is 12.99%, and the terms are anywhere from 6 months to 60 months (your choice), with no prepayment penalties. The below link will give you an instant credit decision. This program is limited to serialized instruments/bocals with a retail value of $1,000 or more ($1,000.00 minimum must be financed). With this program, we are happy to extend a cash/check sales discount on eligible instruments.

Please let us know if you have any other questions. We look forward to working with you on the purchase of your instrument!

 

Instrument Cases – Is Yours Damaging Your Instrument?

January 26th, 2015 by Jessica

Instrument CasesAs many players know, our instruments travel just as much as we do.  Our instruments spend quite a bit of time being removed from and placed into their cases.  If you’re investing in your instrument, be sure to invest in an instrument case that cares for your woodwind too.

Many instruments that come through our repair shop suffer from ill fitting cases.  Some cases can actually be detrimental to your instrument’s safety.  Reoccurring problems on your horn (rods becoming loose, keys going out of alignment) might actually be caused by the way an instrument fits in the case. We have seen bent keys from cases fitting both too tight or with excessive movement.  If your current case is not fit to your instrument, be sure to attend to this issue.  Scratched plating and blemishes in the body of an instrument can be caused by a loose bocal, screwdriver or other items left in the case.  Consider a case with an outer zipper pouch to collect all of your accessories!  We’re here to help and our sales team has many options to offer when considering updating your case.   Visit our online store to see our options for cases:  oboe casesbassoon casesclarinet casessaxophone cases.  We can also special order cases–call us for more details.

Join us for Small Business Saturday!

November 24th, 2014 by Jessica

Don’t forget about your local small businesses during the biggest shopping weekend of the year!  Small Business Saturday is this weekend–November 29th.   Please join us from 10-2pm CST.  Thank you for supporting small businesses like us!!

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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.

The Benefits of Playing a Music

May 8th, 2014 by Jessica

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Whether you’re into Beethoven, Bechet or Bowie, the benefits of playing a musical instrument are unending. Although some of these benefits are common knowledge, many are things you might not be aware of, even if you’re already a musician. Here is a list of just some of them:

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4 Reasons Music is Good for Your Health

May 6th, 2014 by Jessica

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Whether you’re the person behind the instrument or you’re listening to it through your earbuds, science supports the long-believed fact that music is good for more than the soul. A good song has the ability to add fun to even the most mundane workout and creating that song can relieve stress and improve cognitive function. Here are five clear health reasons you should make music a part of your everyday life.

Listening to Music Motivates You to Exercise

After determining that people tended to choose the least strenuous cadence while walking or running, researchers studied the effect music could have on altering that cadence. The study found that, by using the correct type of music, exercisers could trick the brain into overcoming that automatic cadence and work harder. There’s even an app for that. With Cruise Control: Run, runners can challenge themselves by picking up the pace using their own playlists. Whether someone uses an app or just runs a favorite playlist, listening to music makes working out more fun, which is a motivator in itself.
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4 Audition Tips for Musicians – Dealing with Audition Nerves

April 28th, 2014 by Jessica

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In the weeks leading up to a big audition, it isn’t uncommon for musicians to spend night after night tossing and turning. The only thing more nerve-wracking than the audition is the fact that you’re so nervous about it. What if you’re so nervous when you sit down to audition that you can’t play?

There are a few things you can do to help calm those nerves in the days leading up to an audition. By following these audition tips for musicians, you may not be able to completely eradicate your nervousness, but you’ll at least be able to settle your nerves enough to do a good job.
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Thank you MMI for all the knowledge, care and wonderful service you have provided for so many of us over the years! You are an invaluable resource for musicians everywhere!