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 […]

Fox Renard 240 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

 


Legere bassoon reeds

February 25th, 2015 by

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With the latest in plastics technology and the input of dozens of professional bassoonists from around the world, Légère has created a bassoon reed that will meet the demands of the most discerning players. These reeds will not change under different weather conditions and will last up to 10 times longer than your average cane reed. Our bassoon specialists have found these reeds are especially good with soft dynamics, articulation, and smooth legato.

These reeds are available in “Medium” and “Medium Hard”. The Medium strength offers easier blowing and the most relaxed controlled pianissimo. The Medium Hard requires greater air support and firmer embouchure for control, but has the potential for more power at the forte dynamic end.


New Fox Contrabassoon #768

February 25th, 2015 by

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In Stock! Due to the high cost of shipping, a trial is possible for very serious inquiries only.

We order our stock Fox contrabassoons with the following options:

This contra plays with a huge rich sound and rock solid intonation for four octaves. The keywork moves cleanly and consistently so you can play with as much facility as possible. Comes with a Fox C1 and C2 contrabassoon bocals and Fox hard case. Like all of our new bassoons, this comes with our MMI two year warranty.

We also stock Heckel contrabassoon bocals and Kolbl/Roko contrabassoon gig bags if you need the extras!


Introducing the Fox Sayen Oboe

February 24th, 2015 by

Fox is proud to offer its newest professional oboe: the Sayen. The Sayen has a larger body than traditional oboes. It is designed to produce the richest and darkest sound of all Fox oboes, while still offering exceptional response and intonation. Trimmed in gold with fine silver keys and the most select hand finished grenadilla wood, this oboe exemplifies the beauty and tradition of American craftsmanship.

Standard Features

  • Select grenadilla body
  • Nickel silver lined tenon sockets
  • Nickel silver caps for upper and lower tenon shoulders
  • Key work made of nickel silver with heavy silver plating
  • Nickel silver with gold plated posts and bands
  • Stainless steel arbors
  • Stainless steel wire springs
  • Teflon tipped stainless steel adjusting screws
  • High quality cork pads throughout
  • Adjustable thumb rest

Standard Keywork

  • Full conservatory system
  • Left hand F key
  • F resonance mechanism
  • F (sharp) key tab
  • B tab, Articulated C (sharp) mechanism
  • A (flat)-B (flat) trill with A height adjustment
  • G(sharp)-A trill key
  • Low C-C (sharp) trill key
  • Assembly key C-D and B-C (sharp) trills
  • Low B (flat) key with bridge adjustment screw
  • Low B (flat) resonance vent
  • Third octave key
  • Split D ring mechanism
  • Philadelphia high D key

Accessories

  • Hand-made French style professional leather case
  • Sheepskin lined case cover
  • Leather three-reed case
  • Silk swab, cork grease
  • Grenadilla tenon cork caps
  • Screwdriver

Example of some bassoon keywork customization from our repair shop

February 24th, 2015 by

Bassoon specialist Trent Jacobs has his bassoon further customized by our head repair tech Eric Anderson. Check the description and photos on his blog.

After careful consideration, I decided I wanted to add a right hand Eb trill and offset the C# trill on my bassoon. I had Eric Anderson at Midwest Musical Imports again do the work. We used Fox key castings and posts and had the plating done at Brinkman’s Silver Plating in St. Paul. Some components, as always had to be made specifically for these keys. Here’s a gallery of the entire process!


Instrument Cases – Is Yours Damaging Your Instrument?

January 26th, 2015 by

Instrument CasesAs many players know, our instruments travel just as much as we do.  Our instruments spend quite a bit of time being removed from and placed into their cases.  If you’re investing in your instrument, be sure to invest in an instrument case that cares for your woodwind too.

Many instruments that come through our repair shop suffer from ill fitting cases.  Some cases can actually be detrimental to your instrument’s safety.  Reoccurring problems on your horn (rods becoming loose, keys going out of alignment) might actually be caused by the way an instrument fits in the case. We have seen bent keys from cases fitting both too tight or with excessive movement.  If your current case is not fit to your instrument, be sure to attend to this issue.  Scratched plating and blemishes in the body of an instrument can be caused by a loose bocal, screwdriver or other items left in the case.  Consider a case with an outer zipper pouch to collect all of your accessories!  We’re here to help and our sales team has many options to offer when considering updating your case.   Visit our online store to see our options for cases:  oboe casesbassoon casesclarinet casessaxophone cases.  We can also special order cases–call us for more details.


Instrument Spotlight: Fox Renard 260

January 20th, 2015 by

Fox Renard 260

Introduced in 2013, the new Fox Renard “Artist” Bassoon model 260 is a semi-professional, thick-walled, short bore instrument. The same bore design of the model 660 provides great power, stability, and a deep “baritone” quality of sound, but at a much lower price point than fully professional models. The  body is made of Red maple, selected for tone quality, a rubber lining in the boot and wing joint. This is a great choice for college level performance majors, or an advanced avocational player that is looking for more than what student models might offer, but still stay under a professional model budget. Read the rest of this entry »


Trial Shipping Rebate

December 12th, 2014 by

In the market for a new or new to you instrument?  Now is the time to buy!  We’re offering a shipping rebate on your next instrument trial.  Now through January 31st, 2015 when you set up an instrument trial.  If you purchase an instrument from your trial we will refund your shipping charges or apply those charges toward the purchase of your instrument!  For further details you can speak with one of instrumental specialists at any time by calling 800.926.5587.

Now’s the time to buy!

*Valid only on standard UPS ground shipping only.  Expedited shipping charges still apply*

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 >