Midwest Musical Imports Blog
August 18th, 2017 by Jeff
The Fox Sayen – A New American Tradition
These wonderful oboes by Fox Products are a stellar addition to an already diverse market of professional level instruments for the aspiring or already successful professional oboist. We are pleased to offer a new selection of these spectacular oboes for trial! As part of our back-to-school events here at Midwest Musical Imports, we’re now offering additional savings on these instruments including a shipping rebate and an additional $200 off the Fox Sayens! Contact Jeff or Steven in the Oboe department at 800.926.5587 for trial information and availability.
Fox Sayen Artists
Aaron Hill – Professor of Oboe, University of Wisconsin Madison
Professor Hill serves on the music faculty at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, teaching oboe and performing with the Wingra Wind Quintet. Prior to moving to Madison, he lived in Virginia for eight years, teaching oboe and chamber music at the University of Virginia McIntire Department of Music and James Madison University School of Music along with serving as principal oboe in the Charlottesville Symphony and English horn in the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra. During the summer, he performs as principal oboe with the Wintergreen Festival Orchestra in Virginia.
Hill earned his bachelor of music degree with highest honors from the University of Michigan, where he played principal oboe on William Bolcom’s Songs of Innocence and Experience with Leonard Slatkin, a recording for Naxos that won the Grammy Award for Best Classical Album. He also holds a master of music degree and an artist diploma from the Yale School of Music, where he received the Thomas Nyfenger Memorial Prize for Outstanding Woodwind Performance. He completed his doctor of musical arts degree in performance, pedagogy, and literature at James Madison University. He also holds additional pedagogical certifications from the Gordon Institute of Music Learning and Marianne Ploger’s Institute of Musical Perception. His oboe teachers include Nancy Ambrose King, Richard Killmer, and David Weiss.
Elizabeth Koch Tiscione – Principal Oboe, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
Principal Oboe Elizabeth Koch Tiscione, joined the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (ASO) at the beginning of the 2007-2008 season. She currently holds the George M. and Corrie Hoyt Brown Chair.
In addition to her responsibilities with the ASO, Ms. Tiscione plays Principal Oboe at the Grand Teton Music Festival and is a member of the Atlanta Chamber Players. She has performed as a guest musician with the orchestras of Philadelphia, St. Louis, St. Paul, Baltimore, Rochester, Buffalo, and the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. Recent solo engagements include the World Youth Symphony Orchestra, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony, and Dekalb Symphony Orchestra. She has been featured on NPR’s “From the Top,” and has also performed at many chamber music festivals throughout the country, including Tannery Pond, Cape Cod, and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.
Standard Features of the Fox Sayens
- 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
- 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
- Hand-made French style professional leather case
- Sheepskin lined case cover
- Leather three-reed case
- Silk swab, cork grease
- Grenadilla tenon cork caps
June 30th, 2017 by Jessica
Ginny’s going away doughnuts. (They spell out good luck, Ginny!) =)
I am sad to inform you that repair technician, Ginny Dodge’s last day is today. We are very sad to see her go and will miss her around the shop!! Not only is she a fabulous repair technician, but we’ll miss her jokes, laughter, whistling and bubbly personality. Ginny, we wish you nothing but success in your future endeavors and since you are now part of the MMI family, we expect you to come back and visit! =) Best of luck to you!! –Jessica and the MMI staff
Ginny and Jessica with Ginny’s going away doughnuts.
To our MMI family-
I’d like to personally let you know that as of July 1st, I will no longer be repairing at Midwest Musical Imports. I will be moving to the Detroit, MI area to be with my fiancé and begin our next step of life together. I would like to impress that my time working for Midwest has been some of the best years of my life to date! That is due largely in part to the amazing community of woodwind players that we serve through the store. From double reed days to the annual IDRS conference to our in-store interactions, it has been an honor and a privilege to offer service to your instruments. If you’d like to keep in touch or let me know of your performances in Michigan, I would love to continue supporting your art in any way I can! My email is firstname.lastname@example.org or you can reach me via phone at 585.245.4305. In the mean time, I’ll be saving my pennies to see you all in Grenada at next year’s IDRS conference! Be well and keep up the amazing artistry. We’re lucky to have all of you in our lives here at MMI!
Also, pass the tissues.
We will miss you, Ginny!!! Best of luck!!!
June 29th, 2017 by Jessica
We currently have 2 brand new Fox 680 and 1 Fox 685 bassoons in stock and on sale!! These are lovely instruments and are waiting to find their new homes! All of them are in the mountain maple and come with the following options: High F key, Rotary whisper lock, Ab/Bb trill key, Double low C plate, Left hand D-Eb trill key, A-Whisper key bridge. This is Fox’s newest design. A thick walled bass and bell give you power and projection in the lower register, while the thin walled wing joint provides an easy, singing response in the upper register.
Current Fox artists playing the 680 include: Kristen Wolfe Jensen, Ted Soluri, Albie Micklich, and the Breaking Winds. Fox artist Matthias Racz plays on a Fox 685.
These instruments pair very well with a brand new Heckel bocal! Purchase any of our new bassoons and a new Heckel bocal at the same time and we will discount the Heckel bocal to $750. (A $325 savings!) Jessica and Katie have expertly paired Heckel bocals with 680s and 685s, and are happy to help you find the perfect match for your style of playing.
These fully featured bassoons are on sale for a discounted cash/check price of $26,500. Call today to take one on trial!!!
June 28th, 2017 by Jessica
We are excited to be a part of ClarinetFest 2017!! The annual clarinet convention will take place in Orlando, FL from July 26-29. Tori recently returned from Buffet, where she and Richie Hawley hand-selected an amazing assortment of clarinets that will be available for trial. Also available will be Epplesheim’s Contrabass clarinet for testing. One of our repair technicians will be doing free repairs throughout the show. A large variety of accessories will also be available for sale. And if all of this isn’t enough, stop by to see Tori, Brandon, and Jessica’s smiling faces!! =)
June 28th, 2017 by Jessica
We absolutely love our new location and think you will, too!! The store has doubled in size!! We’ve added practice/lesson rooms, a recital hall, increased the size of our repair shop and sales floor. Please stop by for a visit! We’d love to show you around!
Our new showroom and sales floor!
Our repair staff working hard in the new repair shop!
Our new recital hall with seating capacity of 60!
One of our new teaching/practice studios!
A street view of our new space.
We look forward to welcoming you in the store soon!
June 28th, 2017 by Jessica
We will be closed July 3 & 4. (Our online store will be open!)
Happy Independence Day!
June 14th, 2017 by Jeff
Please come visit us at this year’s International Double Reed Society Convention in Appleton, Wisconsin! We’ll have a full selection of instruments, bocals, and accessories to try and purchase. Come by and say hi to bassoonists Jessica & Katie, oboists Jeff & Steven, as well as free repairs offered at our table by Eric, Virginia, and Allen.
We’ll have oboes and english horns by Loree, Marigaux, Fox, Howarth, Yamaha, & Buffet. Bassoons by Fox, Wolf, & Puchner. Bocals for English horn by Hiniker and Loree as well as Bassoon bocals by Heckel, Yamaha, Puchner, and Fox!
We’ll see you in Appleton!
June 7th, 2017 by Jessica
Join MMI’s Ginny Dodge for a two-hour event on mindfulness, healing and intentional goal setting on Saturday, June 17th. Stop by in person or virtually with our Facebook Live broadcast. We’ll be offering four interactive and informative sessions on popular topics in personal development and holistic wellness, specific to musicians! Learn about and try essential oils, practice using powerful vocabulary, learn why goal setting hasn’t worked in the past and what to do about it, and build your knowledge of breathing exercises and meditation.
10:00-10:20 Session I: Meditation and Breathing Exercises
10:30-10:50 Session II: Affirmations, Gratitude and Mindfulness
11:00-11:20 Session III: Essential Oils for Musicians
11:30-11:50 Session IV: Goal Setting in the World of Music
We’re excited to see you!
May 26th, 2017 by Jeff
In honor of Memorial Day, we will be closed the following hours –
Saturday May 27th – Closed
Sunday May 28th – Closed
Monday May 29th – Closed
Normal business hours will resume on Tuesday May 30th at 9am central time.
May 15th, 2017 by Jessica
Our repair department wants to remind you all that now is a great time to get your instrument repaired!
We are currently at a 1 week turn around! This is the fastest we’ve ever been! Send your instrument in for repair now to beat the summer rush!!!
- Daily Walk-in Repairs: Same Day Turnaround Convenience
Walk-In Repairs will be limited to one hour maximum bench time.
- Appointment System: 1 Week Turnaround; Choose Your Repair Date
This flexible option allows you to be without your instrument for the shortest time.
As the summer nears, we may not have as many appointment slots available. Call Tori, our Scheduling Coordinator, for more details.
- Regular Repair Queue: 1 Week Turnaround as of 4/20/17
Call for details about our current wait time, especially as the summer nears.
We request Regular Repair Queue horns to stay at MMI before being serviced.
- Rush Repairs: Limited Availability at an emergency rate.
Please note that emergency work including body restoration, crack pinning and key maintenance may be a multiple day process.
We look forward to meeting you!
Eric, Matt, Ginny, Caleb and Allen