Thanksgiving 2016 Hours

November 17th, 2016 by Jeff

Happy Thanksgiving from MMI!

We will be closed on Thursday 11/24 and Friday 11/25 in observation of the Holiday.  Our normal business hours will resume on Saturday 11/26 at 9am central for Small Business Saturday. Stop by the shop and Shop Small!

Labor Day 2016

August 29th, 2016 by Jeff

Happy Labor Day!

Just in time for back-to-school, we’re offering free standard shipping on all domestic online accessory orders!  A perfect time to stock up on all the double or single reed supplies you need.  Effective for online orders starting Friday September 2 through Tuesday September 6th 2016.

Labor 2016 Holiday Hours –

Saturday 9/3: Closed

Sunday 9/4: Closed

Monday 9/5: Closed

*Normal Business hours will resume on Tuesday September 6th 2016 at 9 am central time*

IDRS 2016

June 18th, 2016 by Jeff

The instruments have been selected, the shop is packed – it’s time for IDRS 2016 at Columbus State University in Columbus, Georgia June 26-30!

This year we’ll be offering a large selection of hand-selected oboes, english horns, & bassoons by F. Lorée, Marigaux, Howarth, Fox, Buffet, Puchner, & Wolf along with our normal spread of double reed accessories and cane. In the market for a new bocal? Never fear, Jessica & Katie have packed a huge variety of Heckel, Fox, and Wolf bocals for you to try.  We will also be offering free on-site repair work and consultation with Eric & Ginny.

We’re looking forward to seeing all of our friends and clients in Georgia.  Be sure to come by the tables and say hello to Jessica, Katie, Jeff, Steven, Eric, & Ginny!

 

 

 

 

 

Memorial Day 2016 Hours

May 23rd, 2016 by Jeff

Happy Memorial Day from MMI!

We will be closed the following days for holiday –

Sat 5/28: CLOSED

Sun 5/29: CLOSED

Mon 5/30: CLOSED

Normal business hours will resume on Tuesday May 31st at 9 am central time.

We’re Hiring!

April 30th, 2016 by Jeff

Midwest Musical Imports is looking for a full-time woodwind 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, springs, 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.  Current hours are:  Monday—Friday  9-5, with an occasional Saturday shift from 9-3.  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.

To find more information regarding Midwest Musical Imports, please visit our website at:  www.mmimports.com

Oboe Masterclass Led By Peter Cooper – Videos

March 29th, 2016 by Jeff

Back in September, we were very fortunate to host Colorado Symphony Principal Oboist and Marigaux Artist Peter Cooper for a masterclass event.  We had 5 amazing student participants, instruments and accessories, and a day full of oboe.  Here are a few videos to share from the event.

Vincent Persichetti’s Parable for Solo Oboe – Michaela Helms, oboe

 

Ralph Vaughan Williams Concerto for Oboe – Jenni Neuski, oboe

Marcus Bonna Cases have arrived

March 23rd, 2016 by Jeff

We’re Thrilled to announce the arrival of the Marcus Bonna Light-weight instrument cases for Oboe, Bassoon, & Clarinet.  These cases are extremely popular, well made, and excellent choices for all instruments.  If you have additional questions regarding the cases, or want to discuss a special order, feel free to contact one of our instrument specialist at 800.926.5587.

bonnacases

oboe/english horn:

Bonna Single Case for oboe

Bonna Integral Case for 2 oboes (case with bells attached) – on special

Bonna Single Case for English horn

Bonna Double Case for Oboe/English horn – rounded compact version

Bassoon:

Bonna Standard Bassoon Case

Bonna M2 Square Bassoon Case

Bonna Standard Bassoon case for Gentleman’s Cut

Clarinet:

Bonna Single Case for Clarinet

Bonna Double Case for 2 Clarinets

 

Welcome

December 19th, 2015 by Jeff

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

2015 Holiday Specials & Holiday Hours

December 11th, 2015 by Jeff

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

Crack Repair

December 10th, 2015 by Jeff

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.

I recently purchased a Buffet R13 from Midwest Musical Imports. The entire process was incredible. Clarinet specialist, Tori Okwabi, was so professional and thorough throughout eve... read more >