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IDRS 2017

June 14th, 2017 by

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!


Mindful Wellness for Musicians

June 7th, 2017 by

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!


Memorial Day 2017 Holiday Hours

May 26th, 2017 by

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.


Schedule your instrument repair now!

May 15th, 2017 by

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!!!

As a reminder, here are your servicing options:
  • Daily Walk-in RepairsSame 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.
For further details, please visit our repair shop webpage:
https://www.mmimports.com/repair-services/
Call us today to see how we can help keep your instrument in top playing condition!
We look forward to meeting you!
Best wishes,

Eric, Matt, Ginny, Caleb and Allen

 


MMI Clarinet Fest

April 18th, 2017 by


Buffet Rebate!

April 17th, 2017 by

Now through June 30, 2017!! Receive a $200 rebate on the purchase of any Buffet-Crampon R13 Clarinet or Buffet-Crampon Tradition Clarinet!

http://store.mmimports.com/buffet-crampon-r13bbnickel
http://store.mmimports.com/buffet-crampon-tradition-bb-nickel-plated-keys/

Call Tori or Brandon today to arrange a trial on one of these lovely new clarinets!


Thank you for attending our grand opening celebration!

March 29th, 2017 by

I would like to extend a very heartfelt thank you to everyone that came to our grand opening celebration! For those of you that came, emailed, sent flowers or called with your best wishes, we are extremely grateful. Below are some photos from the event.

A big thank you again to our generous sponsors/vendors: Buffet-Crampon, Fox Products, Loree, Puchner, Heckel, D’Addario, Peak, and Clark Fobes.

We look forward to many more events and please keep an eye on our calendar for updates!

Best wishes,
Jessica Nelson, General Manager

 

 

An overview of the reception after the recital on Friday night.

Owner and founder, Mike Aamoth gets a thumbs up after the Friday night reception from long-time customer, David Braslau.

Katie with customers at the Friday night reception.

Friday night reception.

Friday night reception.

 

Friday night reception.

Eric thanks a customer after work in the repair shop.

Our first customer during the celebration on Friday!! Jessica with her friend and oboist, Siri Garnaas

Friday was repair technician, Matt Reich’s birthday! We surprised him with a cake.

Julie Gramolini William, Chris Marshall, and Greg Williams, of the MN Orchestra during their trio performance
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Recital Space and Teaching Studios available!

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Now available!  Teaching studios and recital hall for rent!   Our recital hall has great acoustics, a baby grand piano, and seating for 60!

Rates are:  $10/hour for studio use.

Recital Hall use:
$20/hour for rehearsal during business hours
$25/hour for performance during business hours
$50/hour for performance after hours

Please inquire with Jessica for more details.  Jessica@mmimports.com 612-331-4717

Recital hall with audience seating, dimmable lighting, and a baby grand piano.

One of the studio rooms

 


Lower prices on Püchner Bassoons!

March 15th, 2017 by

We’re pleased to offer new, lower prices on all professional models of Püchner bassoons!  Contact Jessica or Katie in the bassoon department to inquire about the new pricing and current availability.

Model 6000 – Traditional or Antique Finish

Curly mountain maple, divided long joint, silver-plated mechanism, 13 sterling silver keys – wing joint: one ring and whisper key – boot joint: one ring, F, F#, Ab keys, G spatula, Bb  E, F# and Ab spatula – long joint: C# and Eb spatula

Waterproofed pads, automatic G ring key, high-D key, high-E key, E-F# trill, Eb key on wing joint, double spatula for high E, whisper-key mechanism operated on wing joint and self-acting from low­E key, whisper-key lock for left thumb, link between A and whisper key, Ab-Bb trill key (boot joint) with multifunctional possibilities to trill, double C# key on boot joint, C# key with angular link, adjusting screw on Bb key (long joint) to optimize intonation of low register, B and Bb keys on long joint held in by individual brackets

Gliding roller on whisper-key mechanism, on link between low-E key and whisper-key mechanism, on B and Bb key on long joint

Double C spatula, balance hanger

15 “mother-of-pearl” rollers – wing joint: one each on whisper key and C# key – boot joint: one each on F key, F# key little finger, Ab key little finger and Bb key, two each on low-E key and F# key for thumb, one on Ab key for right thumb – long joint: one each on C# key, D# key, low-D key and low-C key

Five finger-holes and one tone-hole lined with sterling silver tubes extending into the bore, one tone-hole rubber-lined, wing joint bore and small-side boot-joint bore rubber lined, wide-side boot-joint bore partially lined, nylon-lined pivot screw keys, engraving “SUPERIOR” on ferrule of wing joint.

Model 5000 – Traditional or Antique, standard or compact

Professional, curly mountain maple in dark-red finish, silver-plated mechanism, waterproofed pads, automatic G ring key, high D key, high E key, E-F# trill, Eb key on wing joint, whisper-key mechanism operated on wing joint and self-acting from low-E key, whisper-key lock for left thumb, link between A and whisper key, Ab-Bb trill key on boot joint for right thumb, B and Bb keys on long joint held in by individual brackets

13 rollers – boot joint: one each on F key, F# key little finger, Ab key little finger and Bb key, two each on low E key and F# key for thumb, one on Ab key for right thumb – long joint: one each on C# key, D# key, low-D key and low-C key

Five finger-holes and one tone-hole rubber-lined extending into the bore, one tone-hole rubber-lined, wing-joint bore and small-side boot-joint bore rubber-lined, wide-side boot-joint bore partially lined, nylon-lined pivot screw keys.

 

Model 4000

Professional, curly mountain maple in dark-red finish, silver-plated mechanism, waterproofed pads, automatic G ring key, high-D key, high-E key, E-F# trill, whisper-key mechanism operated on wing joint and self-acting from low-E key, whisper-key lock for left thumb, link between A and whisper key, B and Bb keys on long joint held in by individual brackets

Nine rollers – boot joint: one each on F key, F# key little finger, Ab key little finger and Bb key, two on low-E key, one on F# key for thumb – long joint: one each on C# key and D# key

Five finger-holes and one tone-hole rubber-lined extending into the bore, one tone-hole rubber-lined, wing joint bore and small-side boot-joint bore rubber-lined, wide-side boot-joint bore partially lined.

 


Nicholas Daniel Oboe Masterclass & Recital

March 15th, 2017 by

We are thrilled to welcome internationally renowned artist and chamber musician, Nicholas Daniel for a Masterclass and recital here at Midwest Musical Imports on Saturday March 25th, 2017 from 2:30 -5:30 pm!

Mr. Daniel will give a brief recital and then work with several area college students.  The event is jointly sponsored by Marigaux Paris and Midwest Musical Imports.  We will have Marigaux oboes to play before and after the event. We will also have a reception with snacks post masterclass.  Please join us for this wonderful opportunity to hear and work with this amazing musician!

Nicholas Daniel – Oboe and Conductor

Nicholas Daniel’s long and distinguished career began when, at the age of 18, he won the BBC Young Musician of the Year Competition. As one of the UK’s most distinguished soloists, he has become an important ambassador for music in many different fields. In recognition of this, he was awarded the prestigious Queen’s Medal for Music.

Nicholas has been a concerto soloist with many of the world’s leading orchestras, working under conductors such as Edward Gardner, Sakari Oramo, Roger Norrington, Jiri Belohlavek, Mark Wigglesworth, James MacMillan and Mark Elder. In addition to his experience in Baroque music, he has premiered works by composers including Harrison Birtwistle, Henri Dutilleux, Thea Musgrave, John Tavener, James MacMillan and Michael Tippett. His recording of oboe concertos by Vaughan Williams and MacMillan was awarded the BBC Music Magazine Premiere Award in 2016.

He is oboist with Britten Sinfonia and Artistic Director of the Leicester International Festival. He teaches in the UK and in Germany, where is he Professor of Oboe at the Musikhochschule, Trossingen

He made his conducting debut at the 2004 BBC Proms with Britten Sinfonia. He has conducted many projects with the orchestra over 20 years, including many new works, and recently conducted orchestras in Finland and Norway.

An active chamber musician, Nicholas is a founder member of the Haffner Wind Ensemble and the Britten Oboe Quartet, whose debut disc will be released on the Harmonia Mundi label early 2017. He also regularly works with the pianists Charles Owen and Julius Drake, and with the Carducci and Vogler String Quartets.

Nicholas plays a Marigaux 901 FSC model, the first Oboe anywhere in the world to be certified as fairly traded by the Forestry Stewardship Council.

www.nicholasdaniel.co.uk


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