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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 […]

Thanksgiving Hours 2015

November 23rd, 2015 by

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Midwest Musical Imports!

Holiday Hours –

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday: 9-5 pm

Thursday & Friday: CLOSED

Saturday: 9-3 pm

Extended Hours

September 22nd, 2015 by

Starting November 23rd, 2015 – we’ll be updating our hours to offer extended hours on Saturdays! We’ll no longer be open until 6 on Tuesdays and Thursdays but a few extra hours on the weekend.

Monday – Friday 9-5 pm

Saturday 9-3 pm

Closed Sundays

Don’t forget you can always visit us on the web at www.mmimports.com anytime!

Labor Day 2015

August 25th, 2015 by

Happy Labor Day!  We will be closed the following days for the holiday weekend –

Saturday September 5th: Closed

Sunday September 6th: Closed

Monday September 7th: Closed

Normal business hours will resume Tuesday September 8th, 2015 at 9 am central time.

We will be offering FREE shipping on all domestic online orders for the weekend. A great chance to stock up on all of your back-to-school needs!

New Hand-Select Lorée Oboes

August 18th, 2015 by

Just in time for the start of a new school year, we have a fantastic selection of Lorée AK, Royal, and 125 oboes now in stock.  These oboes were hand-selected at Lorée by Nathan Hughes, princpal oboist of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra.  We have a full selection of instrument now ready for trials and we’re anxious to find new homes for these wonderful instruments.  Contact our Jeff or Steven in the oboe department for trial information and availability.

A bit about Mr. Hughes –

nathanheadshotNathan Hughes is Principal Oboe of the Metropolitan Opera and is a member of the faculty at The Juilliard School.  He previously served as Principal Oboe of the Seattle Symphony and has made guest appearances as Principal Oboe with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic, and San Francisco Symphony.  A prolific chamber musician, Hughes has performed with the Met Chamber Ensemble at Carnegie Hall as well as with the Philadelphia and Seattle Chamber Music Societies.  He has also made appearances at the Aspen, Bridgehampton, Lucerne, Mainly Mozart, Marlboro, Salzburg, Santa Fe, Sarasota, Spoleto, Tanglewood and Verbier festivals.  A dedicated teacher, his students hold positions in numerous major symphony orchestras.  He has presented master classes at institutions such as the Cleveland Institute of Music, Manhattan School of Music, National Orchestral Institute, New World Symphony, Oberlin Conservatory, Round Top Festival Institute, Toronto’s Royal Conservatory, and the Poznań Academy in Poland.  He has earned degrees from The Juilliard School and the Cleveland Institute of Music, from which he is a recipient of the Alumni Achievement Award.

About the Oboes –

The reputation of F.Lorée instruments is based on both tradition and advanced techniques.

Indeed, they are still handcrafted from carefully selected pieces of grenadilla wood from Mozambique (« Forest Stewardship Council » (FSC) certified) stored for more than five years. According to time-honored traditions, keys are made in solid nickel-silver then plated with a thick coat of silver or gold. Highly technical means of measure and control reduce tolerances in the fitting of the keys which can then react to the highest velocity and in silence for studio work and concert. Because it improves the reliability of the adjustments, the use of cork pads throughout the instrument contributes to an easy sound emission aven after years of performances.

F.Lorée strives for perfection through the development of a permanent staff training program and encouraging an active participation of the technicians in quality control. The ultimate finishing is manual but the control of tuning uses the most advanced electronic equipment available.

In 2010, the company was awarded the State label “Entreprise du Patrimoine Vivant” (“Living Heritage Company”, or EPV) that rewards French firms for the excellence of their traditional and industrial skills.


MMI Exclusive Sharpening Steels

August 4th, 2015 by

Now in stock and ready to ship, the Dual-sided sharpening steels for reed knives have returned!  After a long hiatus, we began working with a new manufacturer approximately 8 months ago and have finally created a product which is of the highest standards for our customers.  The micro-grooves are just fine enough to remove an ultra-fine layer of metal from your knife while the smooth side of the rod will add a very fine edge which is extremely sharp.  We have spent a great deal of time with our manufacturer in production to ensure that every detail is perfect and we can present to you a product that we stand behind 100%!

These steels will be exclusively distributed through Midwest Musical Imports.

Check them out in the webstore or you can give us a call in the shop at 800.926.5587 to get yours!

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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


I've only heard great reviews about this trial procedure with [Midwest Musical Imports, it was very convenient.