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 […]

New Marigaux Oboes & English horns

July 16th, 2015 by

We now have a new selection of Marigaux 2001s, 901s, & English horns in stock and available for trials.  These instruments are just in from Paris and are truly wonderful!  If you’ve ever been interested in trying the Marigaux instruments, now is the time to set up a trial.  With our July shipping rebate, your shipping charges can be applied toward the purchase of one of these fantastic horns!

Marigaux 2001 –

Marigaux2001aSemi-automatic, grenadilla wood, silverplated keys.

  •  *Extended G key, G# and long F keys re- designed (more ergonomical)
  •  *Adjustable thumb-rest
  •  *Adjustment screw which lowers D ring to facilitate D to G slide (top octave)
  •  *Right hand little finger: C, C#, Eb re-designed; C, C# slide facilitated
  •  *Pads: low register 3 pads (B,C,D) made of white leather to prevent buzzing
  •  *Re-shaped bell

 

Marigaux 901 –

Semi-automatic, grenadilla wood, silverplated keys.
The very heart and essence of Marigaux manufacture, the original sound according  to Mr. Jules Marigaux’s standard.

901

  • Wood rigorously selected, dried during at least four years
  •  A traditional manufacture, true to the excellent reputation of French      craftsmanship.
  •  A much easier and sharper low register(double correspondence on the bell).
  •  A high register which is even and direct.
  • An excellent orchestral oboe played by the greatest ensembles worldwide.
  • 3rd octave key, double F key

English Horn (model 930) –

 

Semi-automatic,grenadilla wood,silverplated keys.

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  • Wood rigorously selected dried during at least four years
  • A traditional manufacture, true to the excellent reputation of French craftsmanship
  • A new bore and new design of crook, entirely hand made
  • A direct and flexible low register
  • A high register rich in harmonics
  • Keywork similar to that of an oboe so as to help the player who frequently uses both instruments
  • A very comfortable distance between keys

 

For trial information and availability, contact Jeff or Steven in the oboe department at 800.926.5587.


Instrument Rebate Special

July 1st, 2015 by

Now through August 31st –

*Instrument Trial Rebates*

Are you in the market for a new or new-to-you instrument?  For the month of August, if you set up an instrument trial, your shipping charges can either be refunded or applied to the purchase of an instrument from your trial.  Applicable on all new and used instrument trials only. Does not apply to bocal trials.

Feel free to give any our instrumental specialists a call for further information. We’re always here in the shop to help with any questions you may have.


July 4th Holiday Hours

June 23rd, 2015 by

Midwest Musical Imports wishes everyone a happy and safe 4th of July!  Our hours for the holiday hours are as follows –

Friday July 3rd – Closed

Saturday July 4th – Closed

Sunday July 5th – Closed

Our normal business hours will resume at 9 am central time on Monday July 6th. As always, you can visit us online at www.mmimports.com!


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

 


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!