Schedule your instrument repair now!

Our repair department wants to remind you all that now is a great time to get your instrument repaired!

We are currently at a 1 week turn around!  This is the fastest we've ever been!  Send your instrument in for repair now to beat the summer rush!!!

As a reminder, here are your servicing options:
  • Daily Walk-in RepairsSame Day Turnaround Convenience
    Walk-In Repairs will be limited to one hour maximum bench time.
  • Appointment System: 1 Week Turnaround; Choose Your Repair Date
    This flexible option allows you to be without your instrument for the shortest time.
    As the summer nears, we may not have as many appointment slots available.  Call Tori, our Scheduling Coordinator, for more details.
  • Regular Repair Queue: 1 Week Turnaround as of 4/20/17
    Call for details about our current wait time, especially as the summer nears.
    We request Regular Repair Queue horns to stay at MMI before being serviced.
  • Rush Repairs: Limited Availability at an emergency rate.
    Please note that emergency work including body restoration, crack pinning and key maintenance may be a multiple day process.
For further details, please visit our repair shop webpage:
https://www.mmimports.com/repair-services/
Call us today to see how we can help keep your instrument in top playing condition!
We look forward to meeting you!
Best wishes,

Eric, Matt, Ginny, Caleb and Allen

 

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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Win a new Buffet Tradition Bb Clarinet!

As part of Grand Opening celebration on March 10th & 11th, we are excited to announce we will be giving away a brand new Buffet Tradition Bb Clarinet.  On Saturday afternoon March 11, Minnesota Orchestra Principal Clarinetist Gabriel Campos Zamora will give a brief recital and directly after we will hold a drawing to win the Buffet Tradition.  A huge thank you to Buffet-Crampon for their generous donation of the instrument for our Grand Opening celebration.

No purchase necessary, winner must be present when names are drawn to win.  Must stop by the store to try the instrument before the 3pm recital on Sat, March 11.  Contact Brandon or Tori in the Clarinet department at 800.926.5587 for additional details.

Come join us for this exciting event and win a new clarinet!

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*

Welcome Richie Hawley!

We are excited to announce our collaboration with Buffet-Crampon artist and Rice University's Richie Hawley!  Richie is currently the Professor of Clarinet at the Shepherd School of Music in Houston, TX.  He is a highly sought after performer and teacher and we are honored to join forces with him!  Our current plans are to send Richie to the Paris Buffet-Crampon factory in September to hand-select high quality instruments.  His goal is to find instruments that are versatile for any player!

“I’m very excited to be working with MMI to hand-select instruments. There are few shops that can combine an excellent selection of instruments with specialists who can tailor their instruments to your needs.  The folks at MMI are fun, knowledgeable and are guaranteed to give you great service!” -R.H.

Once the instruments arrive at our store they are professionally set-up to ensure that they are in top playing condition for trials.  This includes changing critical pads, adjusting tone holes and spring tension.  You will be amazed by the difference our changes make!

We have a great variety of clarinets in stock including the new Tradition.  The instrument is easy blowing yet the depth of the sound is not compromised. These instruments are a must try!  We also have a great selection of Eb, A and Bass clarinets.  Our Prestige and Tosca bass clarinets  are always in stock!

Our generous 7-day no deposit trial system also allows you to take up to three at a time!  Call us today to set up a trial and feel the difference in our clarinets!

Richie Hawley. Buffet pallet

(Richie at the Buffet-Crampon factory in Jacksonville)

Richie with repair

(Richie working with our repair specialists)

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:

 

New Buffet Bass Clarinets

Close up Bass Clarinet - Prestige buffetBuffet Crampon's 1193 Prestige bass clarinet is an excellent instrument that features amazing projection that will cut through any band or orchestra with ease.  The overall sound is warm, focused and consistent throughout all ranges.  The altissimo range is particularly easy to play with the right mouthpiece and reed combination.  The rich quality in the lower register combined with the quintessential bass clarinet sound is sure not to disappoint.

 

Tosca up close

Buffet Crampon’s Tosca bass clarinet is amazing! On first play I sensed how easy it is to play.  The new bore design creates a sound that is soloistic in nature but is also warm and focused.  Immediately I could tell the difference between the Prestige in sound and key performance.  The instrument seems to do all the work for you as it almost has the feel of playing a Bb clarinet, especially when going over the break.  This is perhaps due to the new and unique register key system.  The keys are easy to reach (even for small hands) as it has a compact feel.  Buffet replaced the right thumb low D with an alternate low Eb (Genius!)  The consistency in tone and feel between each register is amazing. The intonation of the instrument is quite good.  There is definitely an improvement in tuning in comparison to the Prestige, however, as with all instruments there are some inconsistencies.

We have regular stock of these instruments, which is very rare.  This gives buyers an opportunity to gage the amazing feel and tone for themselves.

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.

Introducing the Selmer Présence Clarinets

We have two brand new Bb Selmer Presence clarinets by SeleS in stock and ready to go out on trial.  Selmer has finally manufactured a great professional clarinet at a more affordable price so contact Brandon at brandon@mmimports.com or 1(800)926-5587  if you would like to give them a try.

Selmer Présence clarinets

Selmer says:

Henri SELMER Paris unveils, under the new brand SeleS, a never before seen clarinet called Présence.

Thanks to its innovative bore design, this clarinet has unique acoustic qualities that provide ease of emission, exceptional homogeneity and above all an instrument that is easy to play.

The sound of the Présence clarinet is a mix of harmonic richness, and timbre; essential characteristics to the instrument. Also, the research done on the position and size of the tone holes has given this clarinet unrivalled intonation.

Specially designed keys, as well as new key orientations and positions, provide unmatched mechanical precision and response combined with player comfort.

Selmer Présence clarinets are available in B-flat and A with two keywork finishes available: silver and nickel. An E-flat lever is also available as an option.

The grenadilla wood is selected, delicately worked, naturally treated, lacquered and waterproofed for a protection and finish at the top of its class. This clarinet comes equipped with Valentino pads, preferred by many clarinetists and recommended by experienced repairers for their seal, stability and durability.

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