2015 Easter Hours

April 2nd, 2015 by Jeff

We’re open our normal business hours this holiday weekend:

Friday 4/3 – 9-5 pm (central)

Saturday 4/4 – 10-2pm (central)

Sunday 4/5 – Closed

 

Introducing the Fox Sayen Oboe

February 24th, 2015 by Jeff

Fox is proud to offer its newest professional oboe: the Sayen. The Sayen has a larger body than traditional oboes. It is designed to produce the richest and darkest sound of all Fox oboes, while still offering exceptional response and intonation. Trimmed in gold with fine silver keys and the most select hand finished grenadilla wood, this oboe exemplifies the beauty and tradition of American craftsmanship.

Standard Features

  • Select grenadilla body
  • Nickel silver lined tenon sockets
  • Nickel silver caps for upper and lower tenon shoulders
  • Key work made of nickel silver with heavy silver plating
  • Nickel silver with gold plated posts and bands
  • Stainless steel arbors
  • Stainless steel wire springs
  • Teflon tipped stainless steel adjusting screws
  • High quality cork pads throughout
  • Adjustable thumb rest

Standard Keywork

  • Full conservatory system
  • Left hand F key
  • F resonance mechanism
  • F (sharp) key tab
  • B tab, Articulated C (sharp) mechanism
  • A (flat)-B (flat) trill with A height adjustment
  • G(sharp)-A trill key
  • Low C-C (sharp) trill key
  • Assembly key C-D and B-C (sharp) trills
  • Low B (flat) key with bridge adjustment screw
  • Low B (flat) resonance vent
  • Third octave key
  • Split D ring mechanism
  • Philadelphia high D key

Accessories

  • Hand-made French style professional leather case
  • Sheepskin lined case cover
  • Leather three-reed case
  • Silk swab, cork grease
  • Grenadilla tenon cork caps
  • Screwdriver

Trial Shipping Rebate

December 12th, 2014 by Jeff

In the market for a new or new to you instrument?  Now is the time to buy!  We’re offering a shipping rebate on your next instrument trial.  Now through January 31st, 2015 when you set up an instrument trial.  If you purchase an instrument from your trial we will refund your shipping charges or apply those charges toward the purchase of your instrument!  For further details you can speak with one of instrumental specialists at any time by calling 800.926.5587.

Now’s the time to buy!

*Valid only on standard UPS ground shipping only.  Expedited shipping charges still apply*

Free Shipping!

December 11th, 2014 by Jeff

Just in time for the holidays, enjoy free standard domestic shipping on all online & phone accessory orders now through January 5th, 2015!

Meet our newest repair technician, Ginny Dodge

November 24th, 2014 by Jeff

We are very pleased to announce that Ginny Dodge has joined our repair staff!  Ginny comes to us from the East Coast, where she was a repair technician at Charles Double Reed Company.  She is a graduate of the Red Wing Band Instrument Repair Program, and holds a degree in music from Ithaca College.  Ginny studied oboe with Alison Kreiling-Franco, Richard Killmer, and Paige Morgan.

Ginny is a NAPBIRT member, where she is on the editorial staff for NAPBIRT’s bimonthly Technicom. In her free time you can find her perfecting the family pumpkin pie recipe, considering learning to skateboard or trying her hand at folding mediocre origami animals. Relocating to Minneapolis affirms her love for snow, Jucy Lucys and wind chills that momentarily paralyze the windpipe.

Thanksgiving Hours and Free Shipping!

November 20th, 2014 by Jeff

It’s that time of year again – time to break out the turkey and enjoy some relaxing time off!  We may not be in the office Thursday and Friday of next week but that doesn’t mean you can’t grab your stocking stuffers in our online store and enjoy FREE domestic shipping 11/27/14 – 12/1/14!  Get an early start on your shopping and enjoy shipping on us.

We will be Closed:

Thursday November 27th, 2014

Friday November 28th, 2014

Normal business hours will resume on Saturday November 29th from 10 – 2 pm (Central Time)  Please join us on Saturday for Small Business Saturday!

From the Pros – Nathan Hughes, Principal Oboe Metropolitan Opera, Faculty The Juilliard School

November 12th, 2014 by Jeff

Midwest Musical Imports has always held close relationships with many prominent solo and orchestral players throughout the world.  Whether they’re trying instruments, hand-selecting instruments for sale, purchasing accessories, or just stopping in for a visit we are always pleased to work with these phenomenal musicians.

In our oboe department we work closely with a number of players who hand-select instruments and are always willing to offer tips and advice for any aspiring oboist. Nathan Hughes, principal oboist of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Oboe Faculty at The Juilliard School, is one such player that which we have a close working relationship with here at Midwest Musical Imports.  Considered to be one of the leading orchestral players as well as a sought after pedagog, Mr. Hughes’ experience and expertise as a player and performing artist is highly valued and we are grateful for the partnership we share with him!

In a recent series of videos produced for the New World Symphony, Mr. Hughes offers advice on a variety of subjects ranging from articulation, phrasing, and audition preparation.  We’ll be featuring these videos over the coming months as part of an information resource for oboists!

Video #1 – Double-Tonguing

video courtesy of the New World Symphony Orchestra

Hand-Selected Lorée oboe savings!

September 24th, 2014 by Jeff

We’re pleased to be offering savings now on all of our hand-selected Lorée AK standard and Standard Royal oboes!  These instruments were selected at the Lorée showroom in Paris and are truly remarkable oboes, we have a large quantity in stock now and they’re looking for their new homes!  Right now you can save up to $400 on our current list price for all in-stock Lorée oboes.

Give Jeff or Steven a call in the shop at 800.926.5587 for trial information and current availability.

New Hand-Selected Lorée, Marigaux, & Howarth Oboes

September 8th, 2014 by Jeff

We now have a beautiful selection of hand-selected Loree, Howarth, and Marigaux oboes in stock and available for trials!  These instruments were all selected in Europe and are now ready to find new homes.

We’re currently stocking a large selection of –

Loree AK standard

Loree Regular Royals

Marigaux 901

Howarth XL (as well as s40c and s50c lined oboes)

Call Jeff or Steven at 800.926.5587 to inquire about trial policies and availability.

Labor Day 2014 Hours & Specials – Free Shipping

August 28th, 2014 by Jeff

Happy Labor Day!  In honor of the holiday as well as back-to-school we’re offering FREE STANDARD SHIPPING on all domestic online & phone accessory orders starting this Friday, August 29th through Monday September 15th.  Take advantage of the 2 weeks of savings and get all of your woodwind accessory needs!

Labor Day 2014 Hours:

Saturday August 30th – closed

Sunday August 31st – closed

Monday September 1st – closed

Our normal business hours will resume on Tuesday September 2nd at 9am Central Time.  We’ll be responding to all voicemails and email correspondences at that time.

Have a great Holiday Weekend!

-MMI Instrumental Specialists & Repair Team

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!