02/12/2014

Reeds and Weather

The weather in Minneapolis took an upward turn overnight last night. Our temperatures are now in double digits above zero for the first time in weeks! With a dramatic change in weather you might find a change in your reeds. I don’t know if anyone has come to any scientific conclusions on how reeds react […]

02/04/2014

Brass Wire in Bassoon Reeds

Brass wire is one of the crucial components of a bassoon reed. Its placement and how it’s put on the cane have a profound effect on the way the finished reed plays. We offer several gauges of wire, and depending on many factors, you may actually want to try a mix of different gauges. You […]

12/06/2013

Bassoon Care series: Stands

Last time on our bassoon care series I talked about the different types of cases available for bassoons and how well they protect the instrument. The other time our bassoon needs some basic protection is when we’re leaving it along, but not in the case. Unfortunately for us, the bassoon isn’t an instrument that you […]

11/22/2013

Bassoon Care series: Cases and protection

In this week’s installment of care related posts for bassoonists, I’d like to talk about instrument cases, and safely transporting your bassoon from home or practice room to the gig or rehearsal.

11/12/2013

Your Oboe and Winter- What you need to know

As most oboists know, the winter months can be grueling on our reeds and instruments – especially for those of us who live in cold, dry regions.  While there is no real ‘preventative’ measure to keep a wood oboe from cracking, there are things you can do to help significantly reduce the risk. Remember that […]

11/11/2013

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 […]

11/07/2013

Bassoon and Bassoon Bocal Selection Procedures

If you’ve been here before, you might have seen this post discussing the various bassoon options that Midwest Musical Imports has available. You might have been looking to upgrade your bocal and found this information on Heckel bocals. But if you’re buying for the first time, or upgrading to something new, you might not know […]

11/06/2013

Choosing The Best Bassoon Brands

Picking a bassoon can be a daunting task. Prices range from $3,000 for the most basic models to well over $30,000 for the most in-demand professional instruments. There are also more options for keywork and bore designs than probably any other woodwind instrument. We hope that this guide will give you a more clear picture […]

10/25/2013

Choosing the Right Oboe: Best Oboe Brands

Choosing your oboe is a very personal experience with many things to consider along the way. The material from which the oboe is made, the age of the instrument, its mechanical condition, your playing environment, frequency of use, price, resale value, your level of accomplishment just to name a few! While selecting an oboe may […]

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