Now Hiring: Woodwind Repair Technician

Update 9/15/2014: The position is now filled. We will be announcing our new staff member soon. Midwest Musical Imports is looking for a full-time double reed 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 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 […]


Bassoon Care series: Swabs and caring for wood

In the next coming weeks I’ll be offering some basic care tips for bassoonists. Following some basic care procedures can greatly enhance the look of your instrument and improve the performance of your bassoon between regular visits to your repair technician. Swabbing your instrument after every playing session (or within a longer playing session) is […]


Repairing extreme wood damage in a bassoon boot joint

We recently encountered a student bassoon that had an extremely bad case of rot in the boot joint. Here are some pictures of the affected area when we received the instrument and after our repair tech Matt was done with replacing the rotted section of the boot and cleaning up the bracket. The bore has […]


Repair Tips: Oboe Adjustment Screws

If you play the oboe or any or any instrument with adjustment screws, and you are not trained in proper adjustment techniques, I would advise against fixing or turning them on your own.  It is easy to turn a small problem into a larger one with the slightest turn of a screw (this includes all […]

Repair Tips: Oboe Octave Vents

If you are experiencing excessive water in your octave vents on your oboe, we have something that may help!  When you bring your horn to us for repair, we can apply a thin layer of silicone inside the octave well and cap, which will help repel water. This technique has seemed to help others in […]

Repair Tips: Tight Tenons

This summer has been exceptionally humid, especially in the upper Midwest, which leads to the swelling of wood. If you play oboe, bassoon, clarinet, or other wooden instrument, you may be experiencing tight tenons (where the joints fit together). If your tenons reveal slight friction when assembling your instrument, but come apart when you are […]

Repair Tips: Stuck Swab

Remember to swab out your oboe after every playing session! Always check a pull-through swab for knots before sending through the instrument. The slightest knot in the silk or string can be enough to get the swab stuck near the crown (inside the top of the oboe). If a swab seems to be stuck, but […]

Repair Tips: Plastic Instruments and Cork Grease

 “If your oboe or clarinet is plastic, I would recommend using paraffin wax instead of cork grease.  Cork grease makes it difficult to line up the bridge keys between the joints because it increases the friction between the cork/plastic relationship, whereas paraffin wax creates a smooth, “gliding” between the cork and plastic sockets.  It seems […]

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