The Clarinet Department
Why Buy a Clarinet from MMI?
Midwest Musical Imports has what you need to make the most of your music making whether you’re a student, parent or teacher. We strive to provide the instruments and accessories you need to grow as a player and/or educator. We team up with top clarinetists and educators in the country to ensure that we have the most up-to-date products available. Our clarinet specialists, Brandon and Tori, and our highly skilled repair technicians are here to provide you with the care and expertise that come from years of experience in the music field.
We also provide a stress-free trial policy designed to make sure you can select the right instrument for you. Every clarinet is setup using a selection of Valentino, leather and cork pads by our repair technicians and then play tested by Brandon and Tori before being shipped. You also get an automatic extra warranty and service on your new clarinet after purchase.
We sell new clarinets from Buffet-Crampon, Yamaha and Selmer. All of our clarinets are hand-selected by various orchestral professionals and educators throughout the country. With hand-selected instruments it ensures that your clarinet has good intonation and evenness of sound, resistance and timbre throughout the range of the clarinet. All of these things can feel different from person to person depending on their mouthpiece setup so we try to make sure the player is starting out on a good foundation.
If you’re beginning your search for a professional model clarinet, the Buffet R13, Yamaha CSVR and the Selmer Privilege are clarinets you should start with. If you are looking for an intermediate clarinet the Buffet E11 or E12F, Yamaha 450 or 650 and Selmer Presence are also good options. However, please remember that each clarinet will feel different to the player, but always try to keep an open mind when trying clarinets.
We’re always looking for great used clarinets, especially bass clarinets and other auxiliary clarinets, for our customers. Our stock changes frequently, so be sure to check our used page often if you’re looking for a great used instrument. We only accept used clarinets that we would be comfortable selling to a close colleague or one of our own students. You won’t find instruments of questionable make and history in our used clarinet department. Every used clarinet we have on consignment goes through our repair shop for necessary maintenance or repairs to ensure it will play at the highest possible level from the moment you open the box. No “as-is” sales here! Brandon and Tori will play test every instrument after it comes out of the repair shop, and before it goes out on any trial. If there is anything out of place, it’s not sealing, it’s binding, or it’s just not adjusted for good ergonomics, we’ll correct it before you get it in your hands.
If you are interested in consigning your own instrument, call us to discuss our commission and repair rates for your instrument.
Midwest Musical Imports is one of the few stores in the country that rents intermediate and professional instruments as well as beginner. We rent Eb, Bb, A, Bass clarinets and Alto clarinets from Buffet, Selmer, Yamaha and Leblanc.
Our rental clarinets are made by reputable manufacturers, and we keep them properly maintained so the playing experience is the best it can be. Whether you need a beginning clarinet or something more advanced, we have a full line of instruments in our program to suit your needs. There is no minimum rental period! Depending on the time of year, selection can be limited. Rental rates range from $20-$150 depending on the brand, level and type of clarinet.
Rental instrument brands include: Buffet, Yamaha, LeBlanc and Selmer.
Learn more about our general Rental Policy.
What Makes Us Different?
Brandon and Tori are here to help you. When you call, ask for them by name. We practice and perform on the instruments we specialize in, and we’re respected teachers and performers that know our products as real players of the instrument. Clarinet and saxophone is all Brandon and Tori do, so you can be sure that the advice they give is well-informed and honest.
We’re determined to be the best informational resource you can find about the instruments and accessories that you will find on the web. We strive to give you practical information learned from years on the instrument and working with hundreds of customers.
Here are some of our most popular informational resources pages:
Concerned about returning a trial instrument?
Don’t worry, we’ve got resources for you to make sure you properly pack your instrument for return shipping.
Brandon Wozniak, saxophone and clarinet specialist
One of Minnesota’s most exciting saxophonists, he returned to the Twin Cities in 2006 after six years in New York City and a six month stint in Shanghai, China. Wozniak studied music at Indiana University with David Baker and privately with Tom Walsh. Brandon performs regularly with Dave King’s (Bad Plus, Happy Apple drummer) Dave King Trucking Company with saxophonist Chris Speed, the Atlantis Quartet (City Pages Best Jazz Artist 2011, Star Tribune Best Jazz Artist 2012), the great drummer Eric Kamau Gravatt (Weather Report, McCoy Tyner), Bryan Nichols Quintet, Chris Bates Red 5 plus others. Brandon has also performed with singer Nellie McKay, toured with the Tommy Dorsey Jazz Orchestra and shared the stage with organ great Dr. Lonnie Smith and guitarist Jonathan Kreisberg.
Tori Okwabi, Clarinet Specialist
A native of Tallahassee, Florida, Tori joins MMI with more than 20 years of clarinet experience. Tori is an active teacher, lecturer and performer. She is currently the adjunct professor of clarinet at St. Cloud State University and she also teaches World Music and History of Contemporary Music at Minneapolis Media Institute. Tori has been an invited guest artist and lecturer for national and international clarinet and music festivals. She is currently the principal clarinetist of the Wayzata Symphony Orchestra and has also performed with the Mankato Symphony Orchestra, the Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra, Sinfonia Gulf Coast, the Mendota Philharmonic Orchestra and the Edgewood Chamber Orchestra. She received a Doctor of Music degree in clarinet performance from Florida State University, a Master of Music from Michigan State University and a Bachelor of Music from the University of Wisconsin. She has studied under the tutelage of Frank Kowalsky, Elsa-Ludwig-Verdehr, Deborah Bish, Nathan Williams and Linda Bartley.
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