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 […]

Great Deals on Keilwerth Saxophones

January 20th, 2016 by

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.

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This is one of two used Keilwerth SX90R Alto Saxophones with Black Nickel Lacquer we have in stock. These fine instruments were hand selected by accomplished saxophonist Brad Leali. Mr. Leali is the Associate Professor for Applied Jazz Saxophone at the prestigious University of North Texas jazz program and has been a Keilwerth Performing Artist for many years. The SX90R Black Nickel saxophones have set the standards for quality and performance. The Black Nickel plated body is complemented with gold lacquered keys and meticulous hand engraving to offer a look and sound that cannot be duplicated by any other. The tone is warm and expressive and resonates full and clear, allowing each player to create a personal identity and voice.

SX90R Black Nickel Alto Saxophone
Regular Price: $4095.00
Check or Cash Price: $3975.00

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**Hand Selected by Brad Leali**
SX90R Black Nickel Tenor Saxophone
Reg. Price $4495.00
Cash or Check Price: $4360.00

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SX90R Reg. Lacquer Alto Saxophone
Reg. Price: $3895.00
Cash or Check Price: $3780.00

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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!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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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.

Top row: Virgina, Matt, Brandon, Jeff, Jessica
Bottom row: Steven, Katie, Tori, Eric


New Buffet Bass Clarinets

December 15th, 2015 by

Close up Bass Clarinet - Prestige buffetBuffet 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.

 

Tosca up close

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.


2015 Holiday Specials & Holiday Hours

December 11th, 2015 by

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


Crack Repair

December 10th, 2015 by

Ever wonder what goes into the crack repair process on your oboe or clarinet?  Take a look!  Eric, our head repair tech, takes you through the process of repairing a crack.


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!


I definitely plan to send my oboe to the repair techs at MMI in the future. I don't think my oboe has played this well since I've purchased it!