Thank you for attending our grand opening celebration!

I would like to extend a very heartfelt thank you to everyone that came to our grand opening celebration! For those of you that came, emailed, sent flowers or called with your best wishes, we are extremely grateful. Below are some photos from the event.

A big thank you again to our generous sponsors/vendors: Buffet-Crampon, Fox Products, Loree, Puchner, Heckel, D'Addario, Peak, and Clark Fobes.

We look forward to many more events and please keep an eye on our calendar for updates!

Best wishes,
Jessica Nelson, General Manager

Owner and founder, Mike Aamoth gets a thumbs up after the Friday night reception from long-time customer, David Braslau.

Katie with customers at the Friday night reception.

Friday night reception.

Friday night reception.

 

Friday night reception.

Eric thanks a customer after work in the repair shop.

Our first customer during the celebration on Friday!! Jessica with her friend and oboist, Siri Garnaas

Friday was repair technician, Matt Reich's birthday! We surprised him with a cake.

Julie Gramolini William, Chris Marshall, and Greg Williams, of the MN Orchestra during their trio performance
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Lower prices on Püchner Bassoons!

We're pleased to offer new, lower prices on all professional models of Püchner bassoons!  Contact Jessica or Katie in the bassoon department to inquire about the new pricing and current availability.

Model 6000 - Traditional or Antique Finish

Curly mountain maple, divided long joint, silver-plated mechanism, 13 sterling silver keys – wing joint: one ring and whisper key – boot joint: one ring, F, F#, Ab keys, G spatula, Bb  E, F# and Ab spatula – long joint: C# and Eb spatula

Waterproofed pads, automatic G ring key, high-D key, high-E key, E-F# trill, Eb key on wing joint, double spatula for high E, whisper-key mechanism operated on wing joint and self-acting from low­E key, whisper-key lock for left thumb, link between A and whisper key, Ab-Bb trill key (boot joint) with multifunctional possibilities to trill, double C# key on boot joint, C# key with angular link, adjusting screw on Bb key (long joint) to optimize intonation of low register, B and Bb keys on long joint held in by individual brackets

Gliding roller on whisper-key mechanism, on link between low-E key and whisper-key mechanism, on B and Bb key on long joint

Double C spatula, balance hanger

15 “mother-of-pearl” rollers – wing joint: one each on whisper key and C# key – boot joint: one each on F key, F# key little finger, Ab key little finger and Bb key, two each on low-E key and F# key for thumb, one on Ab key for right thumb – long joint: one each on C# key, D# key, low-D key and low-C key

Five finger-holes and one tone-hole lined with sterling silver tubes extending into the bore, one tone-hole rubber-lined, wing joint bore and small-side boot-joint bore rubber lined, wide-side boot-joint bore partially lined, nylon-lined pivot screw keys, engraving “SUPERIOR” on ferrule of wing joint.

Model 5000 - Traditional or Antique, standard or compact

Professional, curly mountain maple in dark-red finish, silver-plated mechanism, waterproofed pads, automatic G ring key, high D key, high E key, E-F# trill, Eb key on wing joint, whisper-key mechanism operated on wing joint and self-acting from low-E key, whisper-key lock for left thumb, link between A and whisper key, Ab-Bb trill key on boot joint for right thumb, B and Bb keys on long joint held in by individual brackets

13 rollers – boot joint: one each on F key, F# key little finger, Ab key little finger and Bb key, two each on low E key and F# key for thumb, one on Ab key for right thumb – long joint: one each on C# key, D# key, low-D key and low-C key

Five finger-holes and one tone-hole rubber-lined extending into the bore, one tone-hole rubber-lined, wing-joint bore and small-side boot-joint bore rubber-lined, wide-side boot-joint bore partially lined, nylon-lined pivot screw keys.

 

Model 4000

Professional, curly mountain maple in dark-red finish, silver-plated mechanism, waterproofed pads, automatic G ring key, high-D key, high-E key, E-F# trill, whisper-key mechanism operated on wing joint and self-acting from low-E key, whisper-key lock for left thumb, link between A and whisper key, B and Bb keys on long joint held in by individual brackets

Nine rollers – boot joint: one each on F key, F# key little finger, Ab key little finger and Bb key, two on low-E key, one on F# key for thumb – long joint: one each on C# key and D# key

Five finger-holes and one tone-hole rubber-lined extending into the bore, one tone-hole rubber-lined, wing joint bore and small-side boot-joint bore rubber-lined, wide-side boot-joint bore partially lined.

 

Labor Day 2016

Happy Labor Day!

Just in time for back-to-school, we're offering free standard shipping on all domestic online accessory orders!  A perfect time to stock up on all the double or single reed supplies you need.  Effective for online orders starting Friday September 2 through Tuesday September 6th 2016.

Labor 2016 Holiday Hours -

Saturday 9/3: Closed

Sunday 9/4: Closed

Monday 9/5: Closed

*Normal Business hours will resume on Tuesday September 6th 2016 at 9 am central time*

IDRS 2016

The instruments have been selected, the shop is packed - it's time for IDRS 2016 at Columbus State University in Columbus, Georgia June 26-30!

This year we'll be offering a large selection of hand-selected oboes, english horns, & bassoons by F. Lorée, Marigaux, Howarth, Fox, Buffet, Puchner, & Wolf along with our normal spread of double reed accessories and cane. In the market for a new bocal? Never fear, Jessica & Katie have packed a huge variety of Heckel, Fox, and Wolf bocals for you to try.  We will also be offering free on-site repair work and consultation with Eric & Ginny.

We're looking forward to seeing all of our friends and clients in Georgia.  Be sure to come by the tables and say hello to Jessica, Katie, Jeff, Steven, Eric, & Ginny!

 

 

 

 

 

Marcus Bonna Cases have arrived

We're Thrilled to announce the arrival of the Marcus Bonna Light-weight instrument cases for Oboe, Bassoon, & Clarinet.  These cases are extremely popular, well made, and excellent choices for all instruments.  If you have additional questions regarding the cases, or want to discuss a special order, feel free to contact one of our instrument specialist at 800.926.5587.

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Marcus Bonna Cases

oboe/english horn:

Bassoon:

Clarinet:

 

MMI Exclusive Sharpening Steels

Now in stock and ready to ship, the Dual-sided sharpening steels for reed knives have returned!  After a long hiatus, we began working with a new manufacturer approximately 8 months ago and have finally created a product which is of the highest standards for our customers.  The micro-grooves are just fine enough to remove an ultra-fine layer of metal from your knife while the smooth side of the rod will add a very fine edge which is extremely sharp.  We have spent a great deal of time with our manufacturer in production to ensure that every detail is perfect and we can present to you a product that we stand behind 100%!

These steels will be exclusively distributed through Midwest Musical Imports.

Check them out in the webstore or you can give us a call in the shop at 800.926.5587 to get yours!

Instrument Rebate Special

Now through August 31st -

*Instrument Trial Rebates*

Are you in the market for a new or new-to-you instrument?  For the month of August, if you set up an instrument trial, your shipping charges can either be refunded or applied to the purchase of an instrument from your trial.  Applicable on all new and used instrument trials only. Does not apply to bocal trials.

Feel free to give any our instrumental specialists a call for further information. We're always here in the shop to help with any questions you may have.

Instrument Cases - Is Yours Damaging Your Instrument?

Instrument CasesAs many players know, our instruments travel just as much as we do.  Our instruments spend quite a bit of time being removed from and placed into their cases.  If you're investing in your instrument, be sure to invest in an instrument case that cares for your woodwind too.

Many instruments that come through our repair shop suffer from ill fitting cases.  Some cases can actually be detrimental to your instrument's safety.  Reoccurring problems on your horn (rods becoming loose, keys going out of alignment) might actually be caused by the way an instrument fits in the case. We have seen bent keys from cases fitting both too tight or with excessive movement.  If your current case is not fit to your instrument, be sure to attend to this issue.  Scratched plating and blemishes in the body of an instrument can be caused by a loose bocal, screwdriver or other items left in the case.  Consider a case with an outer zipper pouch to collect all of your accessories!  We're here to help and our sales team has many options to offer when considering updating your case.   Visit our online store to see our options for cases:  oboe casesbassoon casesclarinet casessaxophone cases.  We can also special order cases--call us for more details.

The Fox 680 Bassoon

Fox680BassoonFox's latest professional model combines the best features of the thick and thin walled short bore bassoons! The lightness and ease of the tenor register of the thin-wall 201 with the body and power of the thick-wall 660. Acoustically this bassoon is greater than the sum of its parts.

We are ordering Fox 680 bassoons in both Red and Mountain maple with special keywork options that professionals demand. The standard mechanism is:
18% Nickel silver key castings. Nickel silver hinges and machined parts. Full German system with high D and E keys. Right hand whisper key lock. Rollers on F, Ab, Eb, and Db. Metal tubes extending into the bore in the finger holes of the wing and boot joints to prevent water from entering the tone holes. All posts are set with epoxy and spring posts are locked with screws.

Additionally we order these instruments with the upgraded "Rotary" style whisper lock, double low C, left hand D-Eb trill key, right thumb Ab/Bb trill key, and high F key.

The Fox Renard 680 Bassoon

Call to check our current availability and to set up a trial. 800-926-5587

Choosing the Right Instrument

The staff at Midwest Musical Imports has extensive experience performing and teaching on our respective instruments, in addition to the sales we do every day. We want you to make an informed decision and purchase an instrument that will serve you well for years  We hope that these guide will give you a more clear picture of what we have to offer as you seek the right instrument for you. We are always happy to speak with you over the phone, so please don’t hesitate to call us at 1-800-926-5587. Click the appropriate link below for your instrument buyer’s guide so you can get started on your research.

Choosing the right Oboe or English Horn

Choosing the right Bassoon

Choosing the right Clarinet

Choosing the right Saxophone

Chasing the Perfect Reed - Nordic Woodwind Encounter

Our friends at Puchner produced a wonderful and hilarious silent film as a birthday present for bassoonist Magnus Nilsson. We think you'll enjoy it. Please be aware there is some course language (as there often is when trying to make a reed).

And we wanted to let you know more details about the masterclass festival mentioned at the end of the video: the Nordic Woodwind Encounter. Double reed clinicians include Jonathan Small (oboe), Stefano Canuti and Magnus Nilsson (bassoon). This would be a wonderful opportunity to play and study great music with wonderful international musicians in Sweden. For more information visit www.nordicwoodwind.se or click here to view the PDF flyer.

Extending the Life of Your Bassoon Reed

Merz-bassoon-reedBassoon reeds are expensive, either in terms of cost of buying a hand-made reed or in your own time for making your own. If you buy hand made reeds you are paying for not just the raw materials, but the years of experience of learning to make a good reed, and the time if takes to make that individual reed. If you make your own, you know how much effort and skill (and a bit of luck) goes into making a good reed. So naturally you want them to last as long as possible. Here are some really simple guidelines for extending the potential playing life of a bassoon reed.

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