Instrument Repair Services at Midwest Musical Imports

A note from Eric

We are pleased to offer repair services for musical instruments. Midwest Musical Imports employs three full-time repair technicians. We will do our best to turn around smaller repairs quickly.  If you have an emergency repair, please call us at (800) 926-5587 for time, cost, and availability of rush services.

For years, we have been known for specializing in oboe, bassoon & English horn repair, but we want you to know that we are also equipped to handle clarinets, flutes, and saxophones. We have also set up a blog with repair and maintenance advice so you can keep your instrument in the best condition between regular servicing.

—Eric Anderson
Head Repair Technician

Services offered:

Here are a few highlights that we’re celebrating in our repair department:

  • Our shop is now home to 5 full-time technicians!  We welcomed Caleb Rasmusson and Allen Mannes to our staff this summer.  With an expanded repair shop, we are able to offer high quality repairs at a faster rate of return.  We look forward to introducing our new technicians to you as you call to schedule repairs or stop by to leave your instruments in our care.
  • We are now offering daily walk-in repairs! We recognize that convenient access to a knowledgeable woodwind repair staff is important to you, and we look forward to seeing our local customer base and visitors as you need our expertise.  These Convenience Walk-In Repairs will be limited to one hour maximum bench time.  We’re confident that when you do need more work done to your instrument than a ‘quick fix’, there are ample options to help get you back into practice, rehearsals and performances with ease!
  • Our Appointment System has proved to be a great way for busy players to plan repairs in advance.  Tori, our Clarinet Specialist and Repair Scheduling Coordinator, would be happy to find an appointment availability that works for you!  We have recently added additional appointment slots, so please call in to see what dates are available and how to reserve your bench time.
  • The Regular Repair Queue is still up and running!  Because of our five technicians, our rolling repair wait time is another timely option when getting your instrument serviced.  Our appointment system and regular repair queue are the most cost effective way to have your instrument repaired at MMI.  Call for details about our current wait time.
  • Should the unforeseen happen, we may be able to take on Rush Repairs at an emergency rate.  We care about your education, careers, performance schedules and passion for the arts.  When you need immediate service, don’t hesitate to call and see what options we can provide!  Please note that emergency work including body restoration, crack pinning and key maintenance may be a multiple day process.

Do you need to ship your instrument to us for repair? Never fear, we ship instruments every day safely and can help you make sure your instrument arrives to us safely. Here are our pointers for safely packing your instrument for shipping.

Instrument Repair Technicians:

Eric Anderson graduated with a degree in musical instrument repair in 2005 from Minnesota State College SE tech. He has been repairing wind instruments since, with a primary focus in Bassoon and Oboe. As a member of NAPBIRT, he continues to further the education of his career, by attending annual conferences and sharing knowledge and techniques amongst other technicians in the craft. His support of music on a local and national level is a driving factor for both his professional and personal life.

 

Matt Reich is a native of Milbank South Dakota and 1983 graduate of South Dakota State University with a Music Education Degree. After service in the US Army in 1987, Matt began a career in the music retail industry throughout Iowa, Missouri, Illinois, and now Minnesota. Matt graduated from Redwing Technical College (Minnesota State College Southeast Tech) with a Band Instrument Repair Diploma in 1998 and has been behind the bench turning a screwdriver ever since. Matt is a member in good standing of the National Association of Professional Band Instrument Repair Technicians (NAPBIRT).

 

Ginny Dodge grew up in Rochester, New York, studying oboe with Alison Kreiling-Franco and Richard Killmer. She holds a degree in music from Ithaca College, studying with Paige Morgan. Following undergraduate study, she attended Red Wing’s Band Instrument Repair program in 2012. Ginny is a NAPBIRT member, where she is on the editorial staff for NAPBIRT’s bimonthly Technicom. In her free time you can find her perfecting the family pumpkin pie recipe, considering learning to skateboard or trying her hand at folding mediocre origami animals. Relocating to Minneapolis affirms her love for snow, Jucy Lucys and wind chills that momentarily paralyze the windpipe.

 

calebCaleb Rassmusson has been repairing instruments professionally since graduating from Minnesota State College SE Tech in 2013.  After graduation he began working at Coles Music Service in southern New Jersey where he honed skills working with both brass and woodwind instruments.  After two years, he began repairing at Brook Mays in Dallas, Texas. While he still repaired all instruments he focused most of his time on repairing saxophones and clarinets.  In July of 2016 he joined the repair staff at MMI. When he is not repairing instruments you can find him exploring the Twin Cities, tinkering on cars and motorcycles, or belting out Aerosmith at karaoke bars.

 

allenAllen Mannes attended Waldorf University and received his B.S. in Music Education in 2011. After teaching beginning band for 3 years he returned to school at Minnesota State College SE Tech to pursue a career in instrument repair. Upon receiving his diploma from SE Tech Allen began his career at Midwest Musical Imports. Allen enjoys learning and is thrilled to be working with the wonderful technicians at MMI. Allen is an avid MPR listener, an enthusiast of random facts, and in his free time is learning how to make trumpet bells.

 

 

Dear Midwest, I just received my oboe and English horn back from you all in the mail, and of course couldn’t wait to get some reeds out and play them. All I can say over and over... read more >