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 […]

Thanksgiving Hours and Free Shipping!

November 20th, 2014 by

It’s that time of year again – time to break out the turkey and enjoy some relaxing time off!  We may not be in the office thursday and friday of next week but that doesn’t mean you can’t grab your stocking stuffers in our online store and enjoy FREE domestic shipping 11/27/14 – 12/1/14!  Get an early start on your shopping and enjoy shipping on us.

We will be Closed:

Thursday November 27th, 2014

Friday November 28th, 2014

Normal business hours will resume on Saturday November 29th from 10 – 2 pm (central time)


From the Pros – Nathan Hughes, Principal Oboe Metropolitan Opera, Faculty The Juilliard School

November 12th, 2014 by

Midwest Musical Imports has always held close relationships with many prominent solo and orchestral players throughout the world.  Whether they’re trying instruments, hand-selecting instruments for sale, purchasing accessories, or just stopping in for a visit we are always pleased to work with these phenomenal musicians.

In our oboe department we work closely with a number of players who hand-select instruments and are always willing to offer tips and advice for any aspiring oboist. Nathan Hughes, principal oboist of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Oboe Faculty at The Juilliard School, is one such player that which we have a close working relationship with here at Midwest Musical Imports.  Considered to be one of the leading orchestral players as well as a sought after pedagog, Mr. Hughes’ experience and expertise as a player and performing artist is highly valued and we are grateful for the partnership we share with him!

In a recent series of videos produced for the New World Symphony, Mr. Hughes offers advice on a variety of subjects ranging from articulation, phrasing, and audition preparation.  We’ll be featuring these videos over the coming months as part of an information resource for oboists!

Video #1 – Double-Tonguing

video courtesy of the New World Symphony Orchestra


Wolf and Wolf-Grundmann Bassoon Bocals

October 15th, 2014 by

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Wolf and Wolf-Grundmann Bassoon Bocals

Bassoon bocals made by Wolf have caught on very quickly because of their exceptional response, powerful sound, and excellent price point. We carry a wide variety of different options of bocals from Wolf, and all of the variables result in hundreds of possible configurations. This can be confusing. We generally suggest that you pick a length that is appropriate for intonation for you, and ignore the other variables and decide on a bocal on its own merits, rather than on the theoretical aspects of the metal, bore, plating, thickness, etc. Once you have a bocal you like, you can use this guide to understand what it is that you’ve selected. Read the rest of this entry »


Introducing the Selmer Présence Clarinets

October 14th, 2014 by

We have two brand new Bb Selmer Presence clarinets by SeleS in stock and ready to go out on trial.  Selmer has finally manufactured a great professional clarinet at a more affordable price so contact Brandon at brandon@mmimports.com or 1(800)926-5587  if you would like to give them a try.

Selmer Présence clarinets

Selmer says:

Henri SELMER Paris unveils, under the new brand SeleS, a never before seen clarinet called Présence.

Thanks to its innovative bore design, this clarinet has unique acoustic qualities that provide ease of emission, exceptional homogeneity and above all an instrument that is easy to play.

The sound of the Présence clarinet is a mix of harmonic richness, and timbre; essential characteristics to the instrument. Also, the research done on the position and size of the tone holes has given this clarinet unrivalled intonation.

Specially designed keys, as well as new key orientations and positions, provide unmatched mechanical precision and response combined with player comfort.

Selmer Présence clarinets are available in B-flat and A with two keywork finishes available: silver and nickel. An E-flat lever is also available as an option.

The grenadilla wood is selected, delicately worked, naturally treated, lacquered and waterproofed for a protection and finish at the top of its class. This clarinet comes equipped with Valentino pads, preferred by many clarinetists and recommended by experienced repairers for their seal, stability and durability.


Hand-Selected Lorée oboe savings!

September 24th, 2014 by

We’re pleased to be offering savings now on all of our hand-selected Lorée AK standard and Standard Royal oboes!  These instruments were selected at the Lorée showroom in Paris and are truly remarkable oboes, we have a large quantity in stock now and they’re looking for their new homes!  Right now you can save up to $400 on our current list price for all in-stock Lorée oboes.

Give Jeff or Steven a call in the shop at 800.926.5587 for trial information and current availability.


Instrument Spotlight: Fox Renard 260

September 10th, 2014 by

Fox Renard 260

Introduced in 2013, the new Fox Renard “Artist” Bassoon model 260 is a thick-walled, short bore instrument. The same flexibility and sparkling tone color that made the 240 so popular is now available in this thick wall model for extra projection, more stability, more consistent tone color, and a deeper, more “baritone” quality of the sound. An excellent instrument that fills out the position of the semi-professional bassoon from Fox. A great choice for college level performance majors, or an advanced avocational player that is looking for more than what the other student models might offer, but still keep under a professional model budget. Read the rest of this entry »


The Fox Renard 680 Bassoon

September 10th, 2014 by

Fox680BassoonFox’s latest professional model combines the best features of the thick and thin walled short bore bassoons! The lightness and ease of the tenor register of the thin-wall 201 with the body and power of the thick-wall 660. Acoustically this bassoon is greater than the sum of its parts.

We are ordering Fox Renard 680 bassoons in both Red and Mountain maple with special keywork options that professionals demand. The standard mechanism is:
18% Nickel silver key castings. Nickel silver hinges and machined parts. Full German system with high D and E keys. Right hand whisper key lock. Rollers on F, Ab, Eb, and Db. Metal tubes extending into the bore in the finger holes of the wing and boot joints to prevent water from entering the tone holes. All posts are set with epoxy and spring posts are locked with screws.

Additionally we order these instruments with the upgraded “Rotary” style whisper lock, double low C, left hand D-Eb trill key, right thumb Ab/Bb trill key, and high F key.

The Fox Renard 680 Bassoon

Call to check our current availability and to set up a trial. 800-926-5587


New Hand-Selected Lorée, Marigaux, & Howarth Oboes

September 8th, 2014 by

We now have a beautiful selection of hand-selected Loree, Howarth, and Marigaux oboes in stock and available for trials!  These instruments were all selected in Europe and are now ready to find new homes.

We’re currently stocking a large selection of -

Loree AK standard

Loree Regular Royals

Marigaux 901

Howarth XL (as well as s40c and s50c lined oboes)

Call Jeff or Steven at 800.926.5587 to inquire about trial policies and availability.


Labor Day 2014 Hours & Specials – Free Shipping

August 28th, 2014 by

Happy Labor Day!  In honor of the holiday as well as back-to-school we’re offering FREE STANDARD SHIPPING on all domestic online & phone accessory orders starting this Friday, August 29th through Monday September 15th.  Take advantage of the 2 weeks of savings and get all of your woodwind accessory needs!

Labor Day 2014 Hours:

Saturday August 30th – closed

Sunday August 31st – closed

Monday September 1st – closed

Our normal business hours will resume on Tuesday September 2nd at 9am Central Time.  We’ll be responding to all voicemails and email correspondences at that time.

Have a great Holiday Weekend!

-MMI Instrumental Specialists & Repair Team


Choosing an Instrument – Tips for Picking the Right One

July 21st, 2014 by

Choosing the Right InstrumentThe staff at Midwest Musical Imports has extensive experience performing and teaching on our respective instruments, in addition to the sales we do every day. We want you to make an informed decision and purchase an instrument that will serve you well for years  We hope that these guide will give you a more clear picture of what we have to offer as you seek the right instrument for you. We are always happy to speak with you over the phone, so please don’t hesitate to call us at 1-800-926-5587. Click the appropriate link below for you instrument family so you can get started on your research.

Choosing the right Oboe or English Horn

Choosing the right Bassoon

Choosing the right Clarinet

Choosing the right Saxophone


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