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 […]
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.
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
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.
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.
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
**Hand Selected by Brad Leali**
SX90R Black Nickel Tenor Saxophone
Reg. Price $4495.00
Cash or Check Price: $4360.00
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
Buffet Crampon’s 1193 Prestige bass clarinetis 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.
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
Mechanism: 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..
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!