Midwest Musical Imports Blog
March 16th, 2017 by Jeff
Now available! Teaching studios and recital hall for rent! Our recital hall has great acoustics, a Yamaha baby grand piano, and seating for 60! Please inquire with Jessica for more details. Jessica@mmimports.com 612-331-4717
March 15th, 2017 by Jeff
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.
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.
March 15th, 2017 by Jeff
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.
February 24th, 2017 by Jeff
As part of Grand Opening celebration on March 10th & 11th, we are excited to announce we will be giving away a brand new Buffet Tradition Bb Clarinet. On Saturday afternoon March 11, Minnesota Orchestra Principal Clarinetist Gabriel Campos Zamora will give a brief recital and directly after we will hold a drawing to win the Buffet Tradition. A huge thank you to Buffet-Crampon for their generous donation of the instrument for our Grand Opening celebration.
No purchase necessary, winner must be present when names are drawn to win. Must stop by the store to try the instrument before the 3pm recital on Sat, March 11. Contact Brandon or Tori in the Clarinet department at 800.926.5587 for additional details.
Come join us for this exciting event and win a new clarinet!
February 22nd, 2017 by Jeff
Join Us for the Grand Opening Celebration
Come Celebrate the official opening of our new store! Prizes, food, & beverages will be included. Come listen to great recitals, chat with our repair specialists & instrument specialists, and browse our shop.
Parking Located in the lot on 16th Ave SE and along 16th Ave SE as well as in the back of the building.
For additional information – contact one of our specialists at 800.926.5587 during our business hours. We look forward to sharing our new space with everyone!
January 10th, 2017 by Jessica
We are extremely happy to announce that we have moved to our new location and most importantly, WE ARE OPEN FOR BUSINESS!!!!!! Please visit us at: 1621 E. Hennepin Ave., Ste. 100, Minneapolis, MN 55414. (Only two blocks away from our old location!) Our email and phone contacts have not changed.
If arriving by car, take East Hennepin to 16th Ave SE, and park either on 16th Ave SE (it’s a dead end), or the parking lot across from the west entrance on 16th. If needed, there is a ramp located at the back of the building at the main entrance. Please call us with questions. We are located in the southwest corner of the Fisk building, at the corner of 16th Ave SE and E. Hennepin Ave.
The new space is much larger than our old and includes a recital hall! Our repair dept. and the retail shopping area have been expanded. Below are some photos. We can’t wait to welcome you in the store!
Our new shopping area
The brand new recital hall! Watch for upcoming events!!
The repair staff (minus Allen) in the new repair shop! L-R , Eric, Caleb, Ginny, Matt and Coda in the front!
Sales staff in the new sales area! L-R Jeff, Steven, Jessica, Katie, Brandon, Tori.
We thank you for your patience over the new year as we were closed and completed our move. Please stop by and say hello when you are in the area! We’d love to give you a personal tour! =)
Best wishes from all of us at MMI!
Jessica, Jeff, Steven, Katie, Brandon, Tori, Eric, Ginny, Matt, Caleb and Allen
November 17th, 2016 by Jeff
Happy Thanksgiving from MMI!
We will be closed on Thursday 11/24 and Friday 11/25 in observation of the Holiday. Our normal business hours will resume on Saturday 11/26 at 9am central for Small Business Saturday. Stop by the shop and Shop Small!
August 29th, 2016 by Jeff
Happy Labor Day!
Just in time for back-to-school, we’re offering free standard shipping on all domestic online accessory orders! A perfect time to stock up on all the double or single reed supplies you need. Effective for online orders starting Friday September 2 through Tuesday September 6th 2016.
Labor 2016 Holiday Hours –
Saturday 9/3: Closed
Sunday 9/4: Closed
Monday 9/5: Closed
*Normal Business hours will resume on Tuesday September 6th 2016 at 9 am central time*
July 26th, 2016 by Tori Okwabi
We are excited to announce our collaboration with Buffet-Crampon artist and Rice University’s Richie Hawley! Richie is currently the Professor of Clarinet at the Shepherd School of Music in Houston, TX. He is a highly sought after performer and teacher and we are honored to join forces with him! Our current plans are to send Richie to the Paris Buffet-Crampon factory in September to hand-select high quality instruments. His goal is to find instruments that are versatile for any player!
“I’m very excited to be working with MMI to hand-select instruments. There are few shops that can combine an excellent selection of instruments with specialists who can tailor their instruments to your needs. The folks at MMI are fun, knowledgeable and are guaranteed to give you great service!” -R.H.
Once the instruments arrive at our store they are professionally set-up to ensure that they are in top playing condition for trials. This includes changing critical pads, adjusting tone holes and spring tension. You will be amazed by the difference our changes make!
We have a great variety of clarinets in stock including the new Tradition. The instrument is easy blowing yet the depth of the sound is not compromised. These instruments are a must try! We also have a great selection of Eb, A and Bass clarinets. Our Prestige and Tosca bass clarinets are always in stock!
Our generous 7-day no deposit trial system also allows you to take up to three at a time! Call us today to set up a trial and feel the difference in our clarinets!
(Richie at the Buffet-Crampon factory in Jacksonville)
(Richie working with our repair specialists)
June 18th, 2016 by Jeff
The instruments have been selected, the shop is packed – it’s time for IDRS 2016 at Columbus State University in Columbus, Georgia June 26-30!
This year we’ll be offering a large selection of hand-selected oboes, english horns, & bassoons by F. Lorée, Marigaux, Howarth, Fox, Buffet, Puchner, & Wolf along with our normal spread of double reed accessories and cane. In the market for a new bocal? Never fear, Jessica & Katie have packed a huge variety of Heckel, Fox, and Wolf bocals for you to try. We will also be offering free on-site repair work and consultation with Eric & Ginny.
We’re looking forward to seeing all of our friends and clients in Georgia. Be sure to come by the tables and say hello to Jessica, Katie, Jeff, Steven, Eric, & Ginny!
Fox Renard Model 240 Bassoon
The Renard Artist (Short Bore)
18% Nickel silver keys with silver plating. Full German system with additional high D and E keys. Ring key for wing joint third finger hole. Right hand whisper key lock. Rollers on F, Ab, Eb, Db, right th..
Thank you MMI for all the knowledge, care and wonderful service you have provided for so many of us over the years! You are an invaluable resource for musicians everywhere!