Midwest Musical Imports Blog
February 22nd, 2017 by Jeff
Join Us for the Grand Opening Celebration
Friday March 10th and Saturday March 11th, 2017
Friday Evening March 10th – 6pm Central
MMI Woodwind Trio
Jeff Marshak, oboe
Katie Bauernfeind, bassoon
Tori Okwabi, clarinet
Minnesota Orchestra Musicians
John Snow, oboe
Norbert Nieulbowski, bassoon
Susan Billmeyer, piano
Julia Gramolini-Williams, oboe
Greg Williams, Clarinet
Chris Marshall, bassoon
Saturday Morning March 11th – 10 am
Lauria Merz – Bassoon Reed Making & Adjustments
Jeffrey Marshak – Oboe Reed Adjustments
Mark Kelly – Phrasing Class ‘Singing through your instrument’
Joe Peters – Principal Oboe, Minnesota Orchestra: Recital
Saturday Evening March 11th – 5pm
Brandon Wozniak, sax
Pete Hennig, drums
Zack Harris, guitar
Chris Bates, bass
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!
*schedule subject to change, any changes will be made and listed immediately*
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!
May 23rd, 2016 by Jeff
Happy Memorial Day from MMI!
We will be closed the following days for holiday –
Sat 5/28: CLOSED
Sun 5/29: CLOSED
Mon 5/30: CLOSED
Normal business hours will resume on Tuesday May 31st at 9 am central time.
April 30th, 2016 by Jeff
Midwest Musical Imports is looking for a full-time woodwind 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, springs, 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. Current hours are: Monday—Friday 9-5, with an occasional Saturday shift from 9-3. 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.
To find more information regarding Midwest Musical Imports, please visit our website at: www.mmimports.com
March 29th, 2016 by Jeff
Back in September, we were very fortunate to host Colorado Symphony Principal Oboist and Marigaux Artist Peter Cooper for a masterclass event. We had 5 amazing student participants, instruments and accessories, and a day full of oboe. Here are a few videos to share from the event.
Vincent Persichetti’s Parable for Solo Oboe – Michaela Helms, oboe
Ralph Vaughan Williams Concerto for Oboe – Jenni Neuski, oboe
March 23rd, 2016 by Jeff
We’re Thrilled to announce the arrival of the Marcus Bonna Light-weight instrument cases for Oboe, Bassoon, & Clarinet. These cases are extremely popular, well made, and excellent choices for all instruments. If you have additional questions regarding the cases, or want to discuss a special order, feel free to contact one of our instrument specialist at 800.926.5587.
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..