Matsukawa Millard Bassoon Workshop

April 23rd, 2013 by Jessica

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Refine your bassoon skills this summer at the Curtis SummerFest, June 16-20, 2013!

Workshops and masterclasses will be with bassoonists Daniel Matsukawa, principal of the Philadelphia Orchestra, and Christopher Millard, principal of the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa, Canada.  Learn more about the faculty.

You can participate as either an active participant or as an auditor.  For more information, including a schedule, please visit:  Matsukawa Millard Bassoon Workshop.

 

Bassoon Event – Maxwell Bassoon Profiler Demonstration

April 11th, 2013 by Jessica

Bassoonists! Mark your calendars…the Minnesota Bassoon Association is hosting a Maxwell bassoon profiler demonstration on April 20, 2013 at 4:30pm at the U of MN (Room 280 Ferguson, University of Minnesota School of Music.)  Dr. Susan Gustavson Maxwell will be presenting. For more information, visit: http://www.mnbassoon.org/

Not a member of the MBA?  Click here to join!

The Minnesota Bassoon Assocation (MBA) was founded in 1983 by bassoonists John W. Miller, Jr., Bill Jones, Dr. Reuben Berman, James Preus, and Chuck Ullery. The organization is based in Minneapolis and St. Paul, MN, and brings professional bassoonists to the area for recitals, workshops, and master classes.

Maxwell bassoon profiler

Maxwell bassoon profiler

Boost Your Creativity

December 22nd, 2012 by Jessica

I recently came across this article and thought it was pretty interesting.  A recent study has shown that after spending time outside and being unplugged from technology, you can boost your creativity by 50%!!  See The Surprising Side Effect of a Winter Hike. Read the rest of this entry »

October News, Events, & Specials

October 18th, 2012 by Jessica

To stay up to date with all Midwest Musical Imports news, check out our October newsletter!

Medir Canes
We’re excited to welcome Medir oboe & bassoon canes to our already diverse selection of cane products!  This medium to medium-hard cane is grown in the Catalonia region of Spain near Barcelona.  The warm Mediterranean climate gives the cane a rich color and smooth texture.  We’re currently stocking oboe tube cane in 9.5-10mm, 10-10.5mm, and 10.5-11mm diameters.  We’re also pleased to offer bassoon tube cane, gouged, gouged & profiled, and gouged, shaped, and profiled.

We’re also pleased to introduce Var Select oboe tube cane to our line-up as well!  This is a medium-hard to hard cane grown in the Var region of Southern France.  We’re currently stocking 10-10.5mm & 10.5-11mm diameters.  Have questions?  Give Steven or Jeff a call to get details on the most recent batches of tube cane!

Fall Instrument Repair Special
Fall weather wreaking havoc on your adjustments?  Leaky pads?  Sticky keys?  Well you’re in luck! For instrument repairs entering our shop from now until November 15th, we will be offering a 10% discount on all repair labor.  Current repair wait time is 3-5 business days.  Get your instrument tuned up before the winter concert season starts!

Hey, Clarinetists!
We recently had one of the Minnesota Orchestra clarinetists hand select new Buffet Crampon R13 Bb and A Clarinets for us. We know you’ll enjoy the peace of mind that comes with trying our expertly chosen instruments.  All of our clarinets come with a 1 year adjustment/2 year crack warranty, in addition to the standard warranty from Buffet.  Please contact Brandon or call 1-800-926-5587 to start a trial today!
For more information, check out the clarinet newsletter.

New Bassoons
In the market for a new bassoon?  We currently have the flagship Puchner model 6000 in stock and ready for trial. It’s an impressive instrument for any professional for orchestral or solo use. We’ve also introduced a new Pro level reed making kit with Rieger tools in a Kolbl tool pouch.

For more info, check out our bassoon newsletter.

10% off Repairs!

October 16th, 2012 by Jessica

In need of repairs? Sticky key before the big concert?  Troubles with your low notes? We are currently offering 10% off repair labor through November 15, 2012.  Current turn around time is 3-5 business days from receipt of instrument.  (Turn around time may be longer, depending on the extent of repairs needed.)  Send your instrument in today, Matt and Eric will be happy to take care of it! Visit our repair services page for more information.

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!