Purchase a qualifying Yamaha instrument between April 1, 2019 and June 30, 2019 to receive a rebate!
Qualifying instruments include:
CLARINETS $50 REBATE: Models 4xx, 5xx
CLARINETS $100 REBATE: Models 6xx, 8xx, Cxx, Sxx
OBOES $50 REBATE: Models 4xx
OBOES $100 REBATE: Models 8xx
BASSOONS $100 REBATE: Models 8xx
SAXOPHONES $50 REBATE: Models 3xx, 4xx, 5xx
SAXOPHONES $100 REBATE: Models 6xx, 8xx
To view above selected models, please click below:
If you have purchased a qualifying instrument already, please submit visit https://usa.yamaha.com/promotions/graduate_to_yamaha_2019/index.html to submit your rebate!
I am the newest member of the Selmer Paris family and I'm called the Presence. Some people consider me to be on the cutting edge of clarinet bore design as I have been compared to the highest level of clarinet models that Selmer has to offer. This is an amazing accomplishment in my design!
I have a smooth and even tone across all registered and can be played with the utmost of ease. My rounded silver-plated keys allow your fingers to move quickly and easily. The tone hole size and placement allow for impeccable intonation. This will rival most clarinet models from any manufacturer. I come standard with Valentino pads, which are preferred by many clarinetists and repair technicians because they seal, are stable and durable. Watch this amazing video of me being performed on! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iraQnsqGMqo
For more information click -> Selmer Presence Bb Clarinet
Are you looking for a warm, centered and velvety clarinet sound? Do you want a clarinet that has the ability to keep up with demanding clarinet repertoire? Then look no further than ME! I'm different than the typical Buffet R13 or Festival because I have a different bore. I'm versatile by design: I can project through an orchestra, play in tune exceptionally well and play delicately in a chamber music setting. I was hand-selected by Richie Hawley and have received exquisite reviews by prominent orchestral players in Cincinnati, Washington D.C. and Dallas.
My clarinet repair friends have taken exceptional care of me. They treated me to a repair spa day with upgraded key silencers, select pads and lots of key fitting. I'm in the best shape of my short 3 year life. I've toured the country at MMI's clarinet day events but I'm ready to find my next playing partner. Take me home for a trial and let me show you how your clarinet playing can be elevated to the next level!
For more information: https://www.mmimports.com/product/used-rc-prestige-bb-clarinet-679961-9-18-17/
Bonjour Mes Amis and hello! I was born in Paris in 2017, hand made by the wonderful people at F. Loree. As a Royal Loree oboe, I am known for my big rich sound, flexibility, and unmatched projection. My type is the most popular orchestral instrument in the United States…Incroyable!
I came over from Paris to the wonderful oboists here at Midwest Musical Imports. I have spent most of my time as an ambassador of my kind traveling to various double reed events and exhibitions. I am what we know as a ‘demo’ instrument. I have never been owned by anyone other than Midwest but I’m now retired from the touring life and ready to find my forever home. The technicians here have taken spectacular care of me and I’m basically brand new. I’m ready for trials so why not give me a play?
For more information: https://www.mmimports.com/product/loree-regular-royal-uhxx-demo-instrument/
I was brought to life in 2018 and like all my brothers and sisters, I went through our repair shop after arriving at Midwest Musical Imports for a thorough checkup. I’m happy to report that I received a clean bill of health. Yay! I am considered to be one of the most affordable and consistent instruments Yamaha has ever produced and some players even prefer me over the more expensive models. 🙂 Versatility is my middle name and I feel equally comfortable playing Classical, Jazz or anything else!
I’ve received some upgrades in recent years and I would love to share them with you. For starters, my new 62 style neck provides a faster response and greater control. Yamaha has also given me a bit of a makeover with some beautiful hand engraving on my bell. Finally!! I would love to become a part of your family and I come in a very nice semi-hard case with backpack straps so you can comfortably take me wherever you go.
For more information: https://www.mmimports.com/product/yamaha-yas-62iii-alto-saxophone/
I’m just a young whippersnapper at only 5 years old! My physical health has been given an A+ after my recent checkup with the bassoon doctor and I’m ready to run my next scale and etude practice marathon. I have a powerful voice that projects very well, yet still I’m quite flexible. If you are looking for a partner to help you keep up with the levels of the trombones and trumpets in group settings, I’m the one for you! I also have an Ab-Bb trill key for pesky passages in the Ravel Piano Concerto or the Mozart Bassoon Concerto. My right hand Eb trill key will make trilling your next favorite activity after scale and etude marathons! 😉
My dream match is a new Fox B2 bocal--I know we would make the perfect pair!! (I also really like matching with a Heckel bocal!) Are you ready for your next bassoon marathon? Take me home and let me show you how I can make your bassoon playing so much more enjoyable and fun! (And if you do, ask Nick to send one of my preferred bocals, too!)
For more information and photos: https://www.mmimports.com/product/used-fox-680-56xxx-bassoon/
I was born in 2018 and have traveled far and wide refining my skills as a clarinet. I was professionally setup at the Yamaha artillery in California and was hand-selected at the 2018 Midwest Clinic in Chicago. The fine folks at MMI have taken me in and introduced me to wonderful new people, but I'm still looking for my forever home.
I sparkle with all silver keys and travel well with a compact case and cover. I have been described as having a warm and centered tone, similar to a Buffet Festival. I might not be most clarinetists first choice, but I am must try. You will be amazed at how easy I am to play and you will enjoy my ability to stay in tune! Will you take me home on trial?
For more information and photos: https://www.mmimports.com/product/yamaha-custom-v-series-sevr-bb-clarinet/
Fox Maple Sayen (NEW)
I was born in South Whitley, IN and the first maple Fox oboe of my type made its debut at the IDRS conference in 2018! I’m made entirely of maple with a liner in both the top and bottom joints to prevent cracking. If you prefer an oboe that feels light in your hands, I’m perfect for you! I will help eliminate any wrist pain or stress caused by the weight of the oboe. Let me lighten your load! I’m very flexible, versatile, and perfect for chamber music, solo literature or orchestral playing. I’m so excited to be part of the new oboe line up at Midwest Musical Imports! I would love it if you were to take me on an oboe trial to see what a perfect duo we can be. Bonus, I’m a lovely red color that will be admired every time you play me!
For more information and photos: https://www.mmimports.com/product/fox-maple-sayen-oboe/
Recent trends in the world of bassoon reeds have introduced one of the great debates for a new reed-maker: knife or file? There are many advantages to both tools; while files can remove cane very quickly over a broader surface area, a sharp knife is able to make a precision scrape without compromising the structure of the blade to the same extent. Knives do, however, require more time to master the skill of scraping.
The other main issue with today's reed knives is the cost. The most recommended type of blade is the double hollow ground, which even at MMI will run you at least $40. With the cost of bassoons already so high, a young initiate to the world of reeds can't help but question the wisdom of the choices they've made. Personally, I balked at first at the cost of reed equipment and very often it still shocks me how costly some tools are.
Enter the Opinel knife
Opinel is a French knife manufacturer that produces quality blades for all types of purposes, from regular table knives to steak and chef's knives, as well as outdoor knives for camping, hunting, and much more. The blades are made of either carbon or stainless steel. The handles of most of their products are made of high quality wood and feel comfortable in the hand.
The best part is, at least for a reed-maker, the price. Now, of course, this brings to mind several questions for the more discerning reed enthusiast: is it made well? Will it keep from wearing out and rusting? Will it hold its edge? And the answer to all of those is yes, and remarkably so.
I was first introduced to the Opinel knife when I participated in an orchestra festival the summer of my junior year of undergrad. It was in a quaint seaside town in British Columbia. Every night after rehearsals we enjoyed exploring the town or heading to the beach right on the edge of the Puget sound. One day, for our "masterclass," the bassoon teacher took us aside to show us his reed-making process - pretty standard fare for a 2-week festival. The big takeaways from his lecture were to have cane ready in every step of processing, and to obtain one of these Opinel knives. He informed us that he'd been using one knife for several years without needing to sharpen it. While an oboist would cringe at the mention of such a fact, I was fascinated; because, naturally, I didn't like having to sharpen my reed knife every couple of days.
Blade grinds and their shapes
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The most important aspect of any knife is, perhaps obviously, the blade. But what goes into a blade? How does it maintain its edge and what factors determine this? For reed-makers, one of the most advertised features of a knife is the grind of the blade. Reed knives are generally made with a hollow (#1) or chisel (also known as bevel, #4) grind. The bevel grind makes for a very effective cutting edge - it is a typical blade grind for Japanese kitchen knives. Conversely, the hollow grind, often used for shaving razors, makes a blade that is exceptionally sharp but structurally weak. This means that it will need to be sharpened more often, and consequently will need to be replaced more frequently as well. As a side note, they should actually be sharpened using stropping, as opposed to using hard stone or glass (take note, oboists!).
Opinel knives, in contrast, have convex blades (#6). This is basically the opposite of the hollow grind, where the blades curve outward instead of inward. This means that the blade is structurally stronger and is able to hold its edge well while maintaining a good amount of sharpness. To me, this is the perfect marriage between practicality and utility. Bassoonists do not strictly speaking need blades that are as sharp the hollow ground knives - we don't dig into the cane the way an oboist does because of a bassoon reed's tapered slope. Rather than sharpness, longevity becomes the name of the game; I've been using my Opinel No.8 for five years and I've never looked back. The handle feels comfortable in to grip, much more so than any reed knife, and I've only needed to sharpen it a handful of times.
Opinel also has a fantastic variety of woods for their handles, and a plethora of other color options and even some etching patterns that look really amazing. In the future we hope to carry a greater variety of these types of handles. I think any practically-minded bassoonist will really fall in love with these knives, just like I have!
We know it's April Fools, but we're not joking around! Today and tomorrow, get free standard shipping on all domestic accessory orders. Make sure you select the free shipping option when you check out! Happy spring from all of us at MMI!
We're happy to report that Selmer has greatly reduced the pricing on many of their professional model saxophones which means big savings for our customers. Please have a look below at the 2018 pricing vs. the reduced 2019 pricing and contact our saxophone specialist Brandon at email@example.com with any questions.
51J Selmer Paris "Series II" Soprano Saxophone: (Standard Lacquer)
Was $6,629.00 - Now $5,759.00!
52JU Selmer Paris "Series II" Alto Saxophone: (Standard Lacquer)
Was $6,759.00 - Now $5,599.00!
53J Selmer Paris "Series III" Soprano Saxophone: (Standard Lacquer)
Was $8,029.00 - Now $6,509.00!
54JU Selmer Paris "Series II" Tenor Saxophone: (Standard Lacquer)
Was $7,859.00 - Now $6,849.00!
55AJF Selmer Paris "Series II" Bari Saxophone: (Standard Lacquer)
Was $13,959.00 - Now $12,269.00!
62J Selmer Paris "Series III" Alto Saxophone: (Standard Lacquer)
Was $7,549.00 - Now $6,439.00!
64J Selmer Paris "Series III" Tenor Saxophone: (Standard Lacquer)
Was $8,539.00 - Now $7,369.00!
66AFJ Selmer Paris "Series III" Baritone Saxophone (Standard Lacquer)
Was $15,329.00 - Now $13,439.00!
72 Selmer Paris "Reference 54" Alto Saxophone: (Dark Lacquer, Hand-Engraved)
Was $7,959.00 - Now $6,869.00!
74F Selmer Paris "Reference 54" Tenor Saxophone: (Vintage Matte, No Engraving)
Was $9,429.00 - Now $8,579.00!
84 Selmer Paris "Reference 36" Tenor Saxophone: (Regular Lacquer, Hand Engraving)
Was $9429.00 - Now $8,579.00!
52AXOS "SeleS" Alto Saxophone: (Regular Lacquer)
Was $3,599.00 - Now $3,349.00!
84F Selmer Paris "Reference36" Tenor Saxophone: (Vintage Matte, No Engraving)
Was $9,429.00 - Now $8,579.00!
72F Selmer Paris "Reference 54" Alto Saxophone: (Vintage Matte, No Engraving)
Was $7,959.00 - Now $6,869.00!
74 Selmer Paris "Reference 54" Tenor Saxophone (Vintage Lacquer, No Engraving)
Was $9,429.00 - Now $8,579.00!
52JBL Selmer Paris "Series II" Alto Saxophone (Black Lacquer)
Was $7,259.00 - Now $6,579.00!
52JM Selmer Paris "Series II" Alto Saxophone (Matte Lacquer)
Was $7,259.00 - $6,519.00!
52JS Selmer Paris "Series II" Alto Saxophone (Silver-Plated Lacquer)
Was $7,569.00 - Now $7,069.00!
55AFJM Selmer Paris "Series II" Baritone Saxophone (Matte Lacquer)
Was $14,529.00 - Now $14,189.00!
51JBL Selmer Paris "Series II" Soprano Saxophone (Black Lacquer)
Was $7,159.00 - Now $6,759.00!
51JS Selmer Paris "Series II" Soprano Saxophone (Silver-Plated Lacquer)
Was $7,459.00 - Now $6,799.00!
54JBL Selmer Paris "Series II" Tenor Saxophone (Black Lacquer)
Was $8,359.00 - Now $7,909.00!
54JM Selmer Paris "Series II" Tenor Saxophone (Matte Lacquer)
Was $8,359.00 - Now $8,049.00!
54JS Selmer Paris "Series II" Tenor Saxophone (Silver-Plated Lacquer)
Was $8,859.00 - Now $8,499.00!
62JBL Selmer Paris "Series III" Alto Saxophone (Black Lacquer)
Was $8,159.00 - Now $7,609.00!
62JM Selmer Paris "Series III" Alto Saxophone (Matte Lacquer)
Was $8,159.00 - Now $7,489.00!
62JS Selmer Paris "Series III" Alto Saxophone (Silver-Plated Lacquer)
Was $8,359.00 - Now $7,969.00!
66AFJBL Selmer Paris "Series III" Baritone Saxophone (Black Lacquer)
Was $17,129.00 - Now $15,679.00!
66AFJM Selmer Paris "Series III" Baritone Saxophone (Matte Lacquer)
Was $17,129.00 - Now $15,939.00!
53JBL Selmer Paris "Series III" Soprano Saxophone (Black Lacquer)
Was $8,679.00 - Now $7,709.00!
53JM Selmer Paris "Series III" Soprano Saxophone (Matte Lacquer)
Was $8,679.00 - Now $7,599.00!
53JS Selmer Paris "Series III" Soprano Saxophone (Silver-Plated Lacquer)
Was $8,959.00 - Now $7,709.00!
64JBL Selmer Paris "Series III" Soprano Saxophone (Black Lacquer)
Was $9,129.00 - Now $8,739.00!
64JM Selmer Paris "Series III" Soprano Saxophone (Matte Lacquer)
Was $9,129.00 - Now $8,589.00!