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 […]

Instrument Spotlight: Fox Renard 260

September 10th, 2014 by

Fox Renard 260

Introduced in 2013, the new Fox Renard “Artist” Bassoon model 260 is a thick-walled, short bore instrument. The same flexibility and sparkling tone color that made the 240 so popular is now available in this thick wall model for extra projection, more stability, more consistent tone color, and a deeper, more “baritone” quality of the sound. An excellent instrument that fills out the position of the semi-professional bassoon from Fox. A great choice for college level performance majors, or an advanced avocational player that is looking for more than what the other student models might offer, but still keep under a professional model budget. Read the rest of this entry »


The Fox 680 Bassoon

September 10th, 2014 by

Fox680BassoonFox’s latest professional model combines the best features of the thick and thin walled short bore bassoons! The lightness and ease of the tenor register of the thin-wall 201 with the body and power of the thick-wall 660. Acoustically this bassoon is greater than the sum of its parts.

We are ordering 680 bassoons in both Red and Mountain maple with special keywork options that professionals demand. The standard mechanism is:
18% Nickel silver key castings. Nickel silver hinges and machined parts. Full German system with high D and E keys. Right hand whisper key lock. Rollers on F, Ab, Eb, and Db. Metal tubes extending into the bore in the finger holes of the wing and boot joints to prevent water from entering the tone holes. All posts are set with epoxy and spring posts are locked with screws.

Additionally we order these instruments with the upgraded “Rotary” style whisper lock, double low C, left hand D-Eb trill key, right thumb Ab/Bb trill key, and high F key.

Call to check our current availability and to set up a trial. 800-926-5587


New Hand-Selected Lorée, Marigaux, & Howarth Oboes

September 8th, 2014 by

We now have a beautiful selection of hand-selected Loree, Howarth, and Marigaux oboes in stock and available for trials!  These instruments were all selected in Europe and are now ready to find new homes.

We’re currently stocking a large selection of -

Loree AK standard

Loree Regular Royals

Marigaux 901

Howarth XL (as well as s40c and s50c lined oboes)

Call Jeff or Steven at 800.926.5587 to inquire about trial policies and availability.


Labor Day 2014 Hours & Specials – Free Shipping

August 28th, 2014 by

Happy Labor Day!  In honor of the holiday as well as back-to-school we’re offering FREE STANDARD SHIPPING on all domestic online & phone accessory orders starting this Friday, August 29th through Monday September 15th.  Take advantage of the 2 weeks of savings and get all of your woodwind accessory needs!

Labor Day 2014 Hours:

Saturday August 30th – closed

Sunday August 31st – closed

Monday September 1st – closed

Our normal business hours will resume on Tuesday September 2nd at 9am Central Time.  We’ll be responding to all voicemails and email correspondences at that time.

Have a great Holiday Weekend!

-MMI Instrumental Specialists & Repair Team


Choosing an Instrument – Tips for Picking the Right One

July 21st, 2014 by

Choosing the Right InstrumentThe staff at Midwest Musical Imports has extensive experience performing and teaching on our respective instruments, in addition to the sales we do every day. We want you to make an informed decision and purchase an instrument that will serve you well for years  We hope that these guide will give you a more clear picture of what we have to offer as you seek the right instrument for you. We are always happy to speak with you over the phone, so please don’t hesitate to call us at 1-800-926-5587. Click the appropriate link below for you instrument family so you can get started on your research.

Choosing the right Oboe or English Horn

Choosing the right Bassoon

Choosing the right Clarinet

Choosing the right Saxophone


An Automatic Ab/Bb Trill Mechanism Retrofit – Bassoon Repair

July 21st, 2014 by

Cross posted from Trent’s personal blog. Repair tech Eric Anderson and bassoon specialist Trent Jacobs team up again for more creative bassoon keywork ideas.
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IDRS 2014 New York University Steinhardt

July 14th, 2014 by

Come visit us at our booth at the IDRS conference August 5-9 at New York University Steinhardt. We will have many instruments, bocals, cane, reed making supplies, and of course our knowledgeable expert staff of instrument specialists to guide your purchase.

IDRS 2014 MMI

 


Now Hiring: Woodwind Repair Technician

July 9th, 2014 by

Update 9/15/2014: The position is now filled. We will be announcing our new staff member soon.

Midwest Musical Imports is looking for a full-time double reed 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, spring, 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. Hours are: Monday—Friday 9-5, with an occasional Saturday shift. 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.


Chasing the Perfect Reed – Nordic Woodwind Encounter

July 9th, 2014 by

Our friends at Puchner produced a wonderful and hilarious silent film as a birthday present for bassoonist Magnus Nilsson. We think you’ll enjoy it. Please be aware there is some course language (as there often is when trying to make a reed).

And we wanted to let you know more details about the masterclass festival mentioned at the end of the video: the Nordic Woodwind Encounter. Double reed clinicians include Jonathan Small (oboe), Stefano Canuti and Magnus Nilsson (bassoon). This would be a wonderful opportunity to play and study great music with wonderful international musicians in Sweden. For more information visit www.nordicwoodwind.se or click here to view the PDF flyer.


July 4th, 2014 Holiday Hours & Free Shipping

June 30th, 2014 by

Need accessories?  Cane?  Music?  Now’s the time to get it!  We’re offering Free shipping on all online domestic accessory orders!  Starting Thursday at 5pm, we’ll be offering free shipping to all online orders placed between thursday evening and monday morning.

July 2014 Holiday Hours -

Friday July 4th – closed

Saturday July 5th – closed

Sunday July 6th – closed

Normal business hours will resume on Monday morning, July 7th at 9am central time.


Dear Midwest, I just received my oboe and English horn back from you all in the mail, and of course couldn’t wait to get some reeds out and play them. All I can say over and over... read more >