01/30/2014

On Winter and Binding Keys

Those of us living here in the upper half of North America have been experiencing an unusually frigid winter. As a result, here in the repair shop we’ve been seeing some severe binding of keys and mechanisms with Grenadilla instruments. Wood is a natural fiber which will tend to “breathe” and either contract or expand […]

11/14/2013

New Buffet R13 Clarinets are here!

We are pleased to announce the arrival of our latest batch of Buffet-Crampon clarinets.  We have new R13 Bb clarinets with both Nickel and Silver keys, the new E12 France Bb clarinet and a few R13 A clarinets too. Try an Instrument We always recommend that you try an instrument before you make your decision. […]

08/15/2013

The problem with metronomes…

There’s at least a dozen jokes about metronomes, but they can be one of the most helpful tools for a musician to play with technical and rhythmical accuracy. There’s more to using a metronome than just setting the metronome to performance tempo and attempting to keep up. Here are some strategies for using  metronome more […]

07/31/2013

Back-to-School Audition Prep

For many of our customers the beginning of the school year means audition season, for high school band chair placement, or screened auditions for the college orchestra. Besides making sure you get your instrument out to practice the audition material, here are some things you can do to make sure you perform your best at […]

05/01/2013

Used Instrument Warranty

When it’s time to replace a musical instrument, sometimes purchasing a brand new instrument may not be an option. Midwest Musical Imports is pleased to offer a wide selection of high quality used instruments that will fit your needs.  We also offer a 1-year maintenance and crack warranty included with the purchase of select used […]

03/29/2013

Save on Instrument and Bocal Trials!

Save on instrument and bocal trials!  Now through the end of May, if you purchase an instrument or bocal through us, we will refund your instrument trial shipping charge.  Please call our instrument specialists to set up a trial and for further information. We currently have a great selection of new and used instruments available […]

02/13/2013

Clarinet Reeds Guide

Reeds Reeds can be one of the most frustrating, but important, parts of playing any woodwind instrument. Reeds are expensive, and many times parents opt for the cheapest box of reeds available but this can have serious effects on a young player’s musical development. Cheap reeds can be stuffy and hard to play, making it […]

02/11/2013

Clarinet Mouthpieces and Ligatures

Mouthpiece Setup Your mouthpiece setup (Reed, Ligature, & Mouthpiece) is a critical component of any total instrument setup, and may be more important than the clarinet itself in the early stages of playing. Assuming the main body of the clarinet working properly, spending a little extra time and money on mouthpiece setup can greatly improve […]

02/04/2013

Choosing the Best Clarinet Brands

We stock a wide variety of clarinet brands appropriate for absolute beginners through the most consummate professionals. We’ve created this clarinet buyer’s guide to the instruments we carry to help you make an informed decision on what instrument is right for you. As always, if you have any questions feel free to call our clarinet […]

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