The Oboe Department

Why Buy an Oboe from MMI?

Whether you’re a parent seeking a starter oboe reed for a grade-school beginner, stocking up on reed-making accessories, or a seasoned professional looking for a world-class oboe, Midwest Musical Imports has what you need to make the most of your music making. Our staff of conservatory-trained instrument specialists and highly skilled repair technicians are here to provide you with the care and expertise that comes from years of performing and teaching.

Beyond the expert sales staff, we provide a stress-free trial policy designed to make sure you can select the right individual instrument for you. Every oboe and English horn is played by Jeff or Steven before being shipped, and adjusted in our repair shop if needed. You also get an automatic extra warranty and service on your new oboe or English horn after purchase.

New Oboes

Our selection of new oboes is among the best in the nation. We stock a wide variety of intermediate through professional level, full conservatory instruments from the top manufactures in the world – Lorée, Marigaux, Howarth, Buffet, and Fox.  We frequently have instruments hand-selected for us in Europe by top orchestral players such as Nathan Hughes (Principal Oboe, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra), Frank Rosenwein (Principal Oboe, Cleveland Orchestra), and Dwight Parry (Principal Oboe, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra), just to name a few.  We also will send our oboe specialists to hand-select instruments in Europe as well.  This kind of personal attention and hands-on instrument selection promises some of the best instruments you will ever play!

Our Current New Oboe Selections

Used Oboes

We are pleased to offer a high level of used oboes, ranging from intermediate through professional level instruments.  Our instruments are carefully evaluated for condition, playability, stability, and many other factors.  All used instruments are given a thorough play-test upon arrival, and instruments that are selected for the consignment program are then sent through our repair shop for a necessary pre-sale tuneup.  This process allows us to offer a selection of used instruments that are of the utmost quality from our shop to your hands. The evaluation process means that when you get an instrument from our selection of used oboes, you’ll be receiving an instrument that was selected by Jeff and Steven and worked on by our repair staff.  We always have a flow of used instruments coming in, and we keep our website up-to-date of all our current consignment horns.

Visit our Used Oboe page to see an up-to-date listing of all our used instruments.

Rental Oboes, English horns

Here at MMI, we believe that all players should have access to quality instruments.  Our rental oboes and English horns 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 oboe 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, oboe and English horn selection can be limited, so call in advance so we can have a better chance of availability.  Rates range from $40- $270 per month for oboes, and $195-$275 for English horns.  We also have Loree oboes d’amore and a Loree bass oboe available for rent – reservations are strongly recommended for these rarer members of the oboe family.  An oboe d’amore rents for $350 per month, while the bass oboe rents for $475/month.

Instrument brands include:  Buffet, Loree, Howarth, Fox, Fossati, Selmer, and Yamaha.

Learn more about our general Rental Policy.

What Makes Us Different?

Jeff and Steven are always here to help with questions along the way. When you call, ask for us by name. We’re not just sales people, we’re trained oboists, and respected teachers and performers that know our products as real players of the instruments. Oboe and English horn are all we do, so you can be sure that the advice we give is well-informed and honest.

Get Informed

We’re determined to be the best informational resource about the instruments, bocals, and reed making equipment that you will find on the web. We do more than copy a manufacturer’s product information; we 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:

Choosing the Right OboeOur Reed GuideDiagnosing Common Reed ProblemsTube Cane Guide

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.

 Steven Maijala, oboe specialist

Steven Maijala is oboist and English hornist with the Chippewa Valley Symphony and Eau Claire Chamber Orchestras, both located in northern Wisconsin.  His major teachers include Peter Cooper, Anna Mattix, Christa Garvey, and Leonid Sirotkin.  He holds a masters degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder and dual bachelors degrees in oboe performance and biology from DePauw University.  Steven has performed with the Minnesota Orchestra, Colorado Symphony Orchestra, Longmont Symphony Orchestra, and the Lafayette Symphony Orchestra.  When he is not making reeds, performing, or helping customers at MMI, Steven is an amateur potter; he also enjoys cooking, cross-country running, and rock climbing.

 Jeff Marshak, oboe specialist

A native of Dayton, Ohio Jeff comes to MMI with more than 20 years of oboe experience. Jeff maintains an active teaching and performance career in and around the Twin Cities.  Before arriving in Minnesota, he has performed with the Kentucky Symphony, Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, Westmoreland Symphony and in the Twin Cities performs regularly with the Quad City Symphony, The Duluth Symphony, the St.Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Minnesota Orchestra and currently holds the position of 2nd oboe/English horn with the Minnesota Opera.  His performance career has also lead him to fellowships with several summer music festivals including the Hot Springs Music Festival, the Opera Theater and Orchestra festival of Lucca, and the National Orchestral Institute.  He also has extensive experience as a pit orchestra musician including performances with the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, The Arnoff Theater, Pittsburgh Playhouse, and Bloomington Civic Theater.  Jeff has a BM from Wright State University in Dayton, OH, a MM from the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati, OH, a Performance Certificate from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA and a DMA from the University of Minnesota.  His primary teachers include Dr. Mark Ostoich, Dwight Parry, Cynthia Koledo-DeAlmeida, and John Snow.

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