Midwest Musical Imports Blog
December 7th, 2016 by Jeff
If you haven’t heard, MMI is getting ready to move to our newly designed space complete with retail area, practice studios, and recital hall! For our local customers, don’t worry, our new store is just 2 blocks down the street from our current location. It’s been a long, expansive project but the new store is finally nearing its completion. While the exact move date is not confirmed as of yet, keep an eye out for updates as to when it is made official. We will expect the transition will take some time and will be closed while the move happens but our webstore will continue to be open and we’ll do our very best to make the transition as smooth and as quick as possible.
In honor of the big transition, we’re now offering additional discounts on all online and phone accessory orders! In addition to our Seasons Saving special of free standard shipping off orders over $50, you can take an additional 10% off all orders over $100 dollars! This applies to any accessory order. Not applicable for instrument or bocal trials or purchases
December 7th, 2016 by Jeff
Just in time to stock up for the holiday season, we’re now offering free standard domestic shipping on all online and phone accessory orders over $50 through the end of the year! Whether you’re stuffing a stocking or you’re just replenishing your stock of cane, take advantage of this limited offer.
This applies to accessory orders only. Not application for instrument or bocal trials or purchases.
December 7th, 2016 by Jeff
Midwest Musical Imports would not be anywhere if it was not for our wonderful customers.
Wishing you and yours the best this holiday season!
-Jessica, Katie, Jeff, Steven, Tori, Brandon, Eric, Ginny, Matt, Caleb, & Allen
2016 Holiday Hours – coming soon!
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!
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*
July 26th, 2016 by Tori Okwabi
We are excited to announce our collaboration with Buffet-Crampon artist and Rice University’s Richie Hawley! Richie is currently the Professor of Clarinet at the Shepherd School of Music in Houston, TX. He is a highly sought after performer and teacher and we are honored to join forces with him! Our current plans are to send Richie to the Paris Buffet-Crampon factory in September to hand-select high quality instruments. His goal is to find instruments that are versatile for any player!
“I’m very excited to be working with MMI to hand-select instruments. There are few shops that can combine an excellent selection of instruments with specialists who can tailor their instruments to your needs. The folks at MMI are fun, knowledgeable and are guaranteed to give you great service!” -R.H.
Once the instruments arrive at our store they are professionally set-up to ensure that they are in top playing condition for trials. This includes changing critical pads, adjusting tone holes and spring tension. You will be amazed by the difference our changes make!
We have a great variety of clarinets in stock including the new Tradition. The instrument is easy blowing yet the depth of the sound is not compromised. These instruments are a must try! We also have a great selection of Eb, A and Bass clarinets. Our Prestige and Tosca bass clarinets are always in stock!
Our generous 7-day no deposit trial system also allows you to take up to three at a time! Call us today to set up a trial and feel the difference in our clarinets!
(Richie at the Buffet-Crampon factory in Jacksonville)
(Richie working with our repair specialists)
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!
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.
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
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