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04/30/2014

How to Buy a Used Oboe

When it comes time to purchase an oboe, upgrade from your student model, or just find a back-up for your main instrument, buying a brand new oboe may not be financially feasible. We certainly understand the constraints attached to purchasing an instrument and we are proud to offer a wide selection of used oboes in all […]

Legere bassoon reeds

February 25th, 2015 by

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With the latest in plastics technology and the input of dozens of professional bassoonists from around the world, Légère has created a bassoon reed that will meet the demands of the most discerning players. These reeds will not change under different weather conditions and will last up to 10 times longer than your average cane reed. Our bassoon specialists have found these reeds are especially good with soft dynamics, articulation, and smooth legato.

These reeds are available in “Medium” and “Medium Hard”. The Medium strength offers easier blowing and the most relaxed controlled pianissimo. The Medium Hard requires greater air support and firmer embouchure for control, but has the potential for more power at the forte dynamic end.


New Fox Contrabassoon #768

February 25th, 2015 by

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In Stock! Due to the high cost of shipping, a trial is possible for very serious inquiries only.

We order our stock Fox contrabassoons with the following options:

This contra plays with a huge rich sound and rock solid intonation for four octaves. The keywork moves cleanly and consistently so you can play with as much facility as possible. Comes with a Fox C1 and C2 contrabassoon bocals and Fox hard case. Like all of our new bassoons, this comes with our MMI two year warranty.

We also stock Heckel contrabassoon bocals and Kolbl/Roko contrabassoon gig bags if you need the extras!


Introducing the Fox Sayen Oboe

February 24th, 2015 by

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

Example of some bassoon keywork customization from our repair shop

February 24th, 2015 by

Bassoon specialist Trent Jacobs has his bassoon further customized by our head repair tech Eric Anderson. Check the description and photos on his blog.

After careful consideration, I decided I wanted to add a right hand Eb trill and offset the C# trill on my bassoon. I had Eric Anderson at Midwest Musical Imports again do the work. We used Fox key castings and posts and had the plating done at Brinkman’s Silver Plating in St. Paul. Some components, as always had to be made specifically for these keys. Here’s a gallery of the entire process!


Instrument Cases – Is Yours Damaging Your Instrument?

January 26th, 2015 by

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.


Instrument Spotlight: Fox Renard 260

January 20th, 2015 by

Fox Renard 260

Introduced in 2013, the new Fox Renard “Artist” Bassoon model 260 is a semi-professional, thick-walled, short bore instrument. The same bore design of the model 660 provides great power, stability, and a deep “baritone” quality of sound, but at a much lower price point than fully professional models. The  body is made of Red maple, selected for tone quality, a rubber lining in the boot and wing joint. This is a great choice for college level performance majors, or an advanced avocational player that is looking for more than what student models might offer, but still stay under a professional model budget. Read the rest of this entry »


Trial Shipping Rebate

December 12th, 2014 by

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

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


ANCIA Saxophone Quartet Festive Evening w/ Libby Larsen

December 11th, 2014 by

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ANCIA Saxophone Quartet
Festive Evening with Libby Larsen

Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014
5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Studio Z, 275 East Fourth Street, Suite 200
St. Paul

Please join us for an evening of wonderful music by the ANCIA Saxophone Quartet. Libby Larsen will speak about her new composition for saxophone quartet, Confluence, commissioned by ANCIA. Delicious hors d’oeuvres and festive holiday refreshments will be available for your enjoyment. This is a fundraising event to support the creation of Confluence.
Confluence will be premiered at the World Saxophone Congress in Strasbourg, France, July 2015.
ANCIA has been an advocate for new music since the group’s inception almost 25 years ago. We connected with Libby last year and discussed our mutual interest in working together.
About Confluence… One of the major themes of my work over the past 30 years is human relationship to our natural world. From 1983 to today, I have taken every opportunity I can to compose music which moves performers and listeners to think about themselves in relation to the Earth and their responsibilities as stewards of sustainability. For the ANCIA saxophone quartet, I have planned a work which deals with confluences of rivers. – Libby Larsen
Donations at every level are greatly appreciated. 
 
SUGGESTED DONATION LEVELS
$50
$100 (donors at this level will receive special mention in the score)
$500 (donors at this level will receive an autographed copy of the score and special mention in the score).
Please RSVP to info@anciaquartet.com
IF YOU ARE UNABLE TO ATTEND but would like to make a tax deductible contribution to the commission of Confluence, please click here to donate or send a check made out to “Springboard for the Arts” with ANCIA Quartet in the memo line to:
ANCIA Quartet
4811 35th Ave.
Mpls., MN 55417
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!
Contact us at info@anciaquartet.com

Zeitgeist’s Eric Stokes Song Contest

December 3rd, 2014 by

For our Minneapolis and St. Paul area residents, this is an interesting song-writing/compositional opportunity from our friends at Studio Z in St. Paul. Original post: http://www.zeitgeistnewmusic.org/eric-stokes-song-contest.php

Eric Stokes Song Contest
Zeitgeist presents the 20th Annual Eric Stokes Song Contest

The brainchild of the late composer and longtime Zeitgeist friend and supporter Eric Stokes, the Eric Stokes Song Contest (named in his honor after his death in 1999) was developed to encourage and celebrate amateur music-making to increase appreciation of the music of our time. The annual Eric Stokes Song Contest solicits “songs” (any type of musical composition) from amateur composers throughout the Twin Cities. We average 50–70 entries each year, and entrants have ranged from age 4 to 89.

Entries are separated into two categories: youth (up to age 17) and adult, and are then adjudicated by an outside panel. In selecting the jury we choose three to four people who represent a diverse range of artistic perspectives, often including a winner from one of the previous contests. Judges will choose 3 songs for Zeitgeist to arrange for their instrumentation of piano, clarinet and 2 percussion. Winning songs will be performed at Zeitgeist’s “Playing it Close to Home” concerts March 13-15. Winners also receive $100 plus a one-year membership to the American Composers Forum. In the past, winning compositions have encompassed musical styles ranging from jazz to gospel to high modernist.

Entering is easy. Please send a legible score and/or high-quality recording (please indicate whether adult or youth and include address, phone number, and email, plus a self-addressed, stamped envelope if you would like your materials returned), postmarked by Jan. 5, 2015 to:

Zeitgeist
275 East Fourth Street, Suite 200
St. Paul, MN 55101

Winners will be notified by Feb. 2, 2015. For more information, please contact Zeitgeist at 651-755-1600 or info(AT)zeitgeistnewmusic.org.

“Music is for the people. For all of us, the dumb, the deaf, the dog & jays, handclappers, dancing moon watchers, brainy puzzlers, abstracted whistlers, finger-snapping time keepers, crazy, weak, hurt, weed keepers, the strays. The land of music is everyone’s nation—her tune, his beat, your drum, one song, one vote.”   -Eric Stokes

This activity is made possible with support from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council through an appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature.


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