Midwest Musical Imports Blog
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.
January 20th, 2016 by Brandon
We have some great deals on a few gently used Keilwerth saxophones we’d like to share with you. Three of these saxophones were hand selected by Keilwerth Artist – Brad Leali. Brad is a fantastic player who has been playing Keliwerth saxophones for many years and really knows what to listen for when selecting an instrument. Please have a look at what we have to offer and do not hesitate to contact us with any questions about these fine saxophones. All of these saxophones are in “like new” condition and priced to sell.
SX90R Black Nickel Alto Saxophone
Regular Price: $4095.00
Check or Cash Price: $3975.00
**Hand Selected by Brad Leali**
SX90R Black Nickel Tenor Saxophone
Reg. Price $4495.00
Cash or Check Price: $4360.00
SX90R Reg. Lacquer Alto Saxophone
Reg. Price: $3895.00
Cash or Check Price: $3780.00
SX90R Reg. Lacquer Tenor Saxophone
Reg. Price: $4295.00
Cash or Check Price: $4165.00
Please call Brandon at (800)926-5587 or locally 612-331-4717 for more info or to begin a trial on one of these saxophones. You can also email Brandon@mmimports.com. Thanks!
The sales and repair staff at Midwest Musical Imports extend their thanks for visiting our informational website and store.
We hope you find the information in our blog helpful, and our product selection to meet your needs. If you have any questions about our products, services, instruments, or even just need advice on reed making or getting the most out of your current setup, please feel free to contact one of our conservatory trained specialists.
December 15th, 2015 by Tori Okwabi
Buffet Crampon’s 1193 Prestige bass clarinet is an excellent instrument that features amazing projection that will cut through any band or orchestra with ease. The overall sound is warm, focused and consistent throughout all ranges. The altissimo range is particularly easy to play with the right mouthpiece and reed combination. The rich quality in the lower register combined with the quintessential bass clarinet sound is sure not to disappoint.
Buffet Crampon’s Tosca bass clarinet is amazing! On first play I sensed how easy it is to play. The new bore design creates a sound that is soloistic in nature but is also warm and focused. Immediately I could tell the difference between the Prestige in sound and key performance. The instrument seems to do all the work for you as it almost has the feel of playing a Bb clarinet, especially when going over the break. This is perhaps due to the new and unique register key system. The keys are easy to reach (even for small hands) as it has a compact feel. Buffet replaced the right thumb low D with an alternate low Eb (Genius!) The consistency in tone and feel between each register is amazing. The intonation of the instrument is quite good. There is definitely an improvement in tuning in comparison to the Prestige, however, as with all instruments there are some inconsistencies.
We have regular stock of these instruments, which is very rare. This gives buyers an opportunity to gage the amazing feel and tone for themselves.
December 11th, 2015 by Jeff
We’re pleased to offer FREE SHIPPING on all domestic accessory orders now through January 5th, 2016. Just in time to stock up for all the things you need or if you’re shopping for that oboe, bassoon, or clarinet player in your life! Either order online or call us in the shop and we’ll be able to help you out!
*Offer good on all standard USPS domestic orders. Additional shipping fees apply for USPS Priority or UPS shipments.*
*Offer good on accessory purchases only, does NOT apply to shipping on bocal or instrument purchases*
Shipping Time Frame –
USPS Standard: 3-5 days pending region
USPS Priority: 2-3 days pending region
USPS Expedited: 1-2 days pending region
UPS Ground: 3-5 days pending region
*Additional UPS expedited services (3 day, 2nd day Air, Overnight) also available, contact our specialists for details and rates*
2015 Holiday Hours:
Dec 24th: 9-1 pm central
Dec 25th & 26th: CLOSED
Dec 31st: 9-1 pm
Jan 1st: CLOSED
Jan 2nd: 9-3 pm
Jan 4th & 5th: CLOSED for our annual Inventory
Normal Business hours resume Wednesday January 6th at 9 am Central time.
Thanks and Happy Holidays from your Midwest Musical Imports Team!
Jessica, Brandon, Steven, Jeff, Katie, Tori, Eric, Virginia, & Matt