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 […]

06/20/2013

Our Bassoon Reeds

Unlike your local music store, MMI carries mostly hand-made bassoon reeds, made by bassoonists that test and finish each one to their precise specifications. We select reed makers that provide a reed that we think is something our customers will enjoy playing on and will give good results to beginners and advanced players alike. Because […]

05/30/2013

Choosing the Best Saxophone Brands

The first thing you’ll need to do is familiarize yourself with brands and models.  There are many different brands and models of saxophones and it can be a daunting task to wade through the sea of instruments available to the prospective buyer.  There’s endless amounts of information online but for many this can add to […]

05/17/2013

Oboe Reeds – Selecting the Reed that’s Best for You

At the heart of any successful lesson, rehearsal, or concert is a good oboe reed, and no one understands this better than our oboe department.  Jeff and Steven are always on the look out for high quality, consistent reed-makers to supply a diverse selection of professional quality reeds.  We certainly understand the frustrations of searching […]

05/14/2013

Beveling the bassoon reed, one method

There are many ways to make and adjust a bassoon reed. The proper method of adjustment can vary depending on your shape, profile, forming method, cane density, wire measurements, and even which tools you use. Explore many different reed making styles and adjustment techniques and you’ll continually develop your own personal style. In an attempt […]

04/29/2013

Oboe Embouchure Tips

Oboe embouchure can be a tricky subject to discuss. There are many different schools of thought, and most players are highly opinionated on the subject.  However, a fundamental oboe embouchure does not have to be complicated.  Here is a simple method for forming an embouchure appropriate for American oboe playing.  A mirror is quite handy […]

04/23/2013

Stolen Instrument Information

If you have any information related to the whereabouts of these instruments, or find any of them for sale, please contact us. This post will be updated as instruments are found or new ones reported lost or stolen. Oboes & English Horns: Fox Model 300 #23413 Fox Model 300 #23673 Fox Model 400 #23520 Fox […]

03/22/2013

Diagnosing Common Oboe Reed Problems

An oboe reed can make or break an oboe’s usability and sound. A good reed is responsive, balanced, and stable. But too often, reeds are too thick, too long, too open, too closed, too sharp — you name a problem, and it’s a possibility for an oboe reed. So how do you determine the right […]

Oboe Reed Adjustment Basics

As oboists, reeds are either our best friends or our mortal (or not so mortal) enemies.  They can make or break our practice sessions, performances, and auditions.  They can be as fickle as the wind or the weather and can quickly become the bane of our existence.  All this being said, reeds are the equivalent […]

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