Midwest Musical Imports Blog

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 […]

2015 Memorial Day Hours

May 20th, 2015 by

We will be closed the following days this weekend for Memorial Day –

Saturday 5/23 – Closed

Sunday 5/24 – Closed

Monday 5/25 – Closed

Normal Business hours will resume Tuesday, 5/26 at 9 am central time.

We will also be offering FREE standard domestic shipping through our Webstore starting Friday evening 5/22.  Now’s the time to stock up on your summer needs and get free shipping!


Loree Royal Oboe Spring Savings!

May 1st, 2015 by

With the arrival of spring in Minnesota comes the arrival of spring savings!  We have a wonderful selection of Loree Royal oboes in stock and available for trials and we are happy to offer $400 off the current price through the end of May.  If you’re in the market for a new Loree, now’s the time to buy.

Hautbois-F.Loree-ROYAL1The Loree Royal instruments are the pick of many top orchestral and solo players throughout the world.

Since 1989, F.Lorée offers a masterpiece, the “ROYAL”, which combines musicality, reliability and beauty. Special attention is paid to the selection of the wood, and only the pieces with the most beautiful aspects are used for its manufacturing. This instrument appeals to those looking for a darker and rounder tone given by thicker wood.

“cR+3″ Full conservatory plateau system

Grenadilla wood – silver-plated keys
All trill keys – 3rd octave key
Forked F resonance key
Left hand F key
Low B flat resonance key

With our new financing option through 1st Mutual, now is an excellent time to purchase your new oboe!  Contact Jeff or Steven at 800.926.5587 in the oboe department to get trial information and availability.

 


2015 GTCYS Spring Festival Concerts

April 30th, 2015 by

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We’re proud to sponsor the GTCYS 2015 Spring Festival concerts. Performances are on Sunday, May 3rd at 1pm and 4:30pm at Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis.

We have a limited number of tickets available for FREE to customers interested in going to either performance. Please call us to reserve a ticket.

Additionally we will have an informational booth (no products for sale) with three staff representatives and our head repair technician to answer questions about our products and services and provide on-site maintenance for woodwinds involved in the concert.

We hope you will join us to celebrate another fantastic season from these young musicians.


Vandoren V21 Clarinet Reeds

April 21st, 2015 by

We’re excited to offer our customers Vandoren’s latest offering to the clarinet world, Vandoren V21 clarinet reeds for Bb Clarinet.  Vandoren’s V21 clarinet reed combines the conical shape of a 56 rue Lepic reed with the profile of Vandoren’s popular V12 reed.

This unique combination makes all registers of the clarinet more accessible with warmth and a depth of sound. The V21 reed was created to give the player immediate response,  amazing presence and is highly recommended for performances that require the ability to handle large interval leaps with an even and rich tone.

We know many professionals will enjoy the quick response of the V21 but we also think this reed would be a great alternative for beginner and intermediate players too.


Fox Renard 240 Bassoon Special (Spring 2015)

April 17th, 2015 by

Now through the end of June save $500 on a new Fox Renard “Artist” model 240 bassoon! That’s as low as $8,350 when paying by check.

You can also take advantage of our new financing program to receive this great deal on the most popular intermediate bassoon on the market!


Instrument Financing Application

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We are pleased to offer instrument financing through First Mutual Bank. The application can be done entirely online, and is at the bottom of the page.

The interest rate for this program is 12.99%, and the terms are anywhere from 6 months to 60 months (your choice), with no prepayment penalties. The below link will give you an instant credit decision. This program is limited to serialized instruments/bocals with a retail value of $1,000 or more ($1,000.00 minimum must be financed). With this program, we are happy to extend a cash/check sales discount on eligible instruments.

Please let us know if you have any other questions. We look forward to working with you on the purchase of your instrument!

 


2015 Easter Hours

April 2nd, 2015 by

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

 


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

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!