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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We're Hiring!

Midwest Musical Imports is looking for a full-time woodwind repair technician for our growing repair department.  Applicants should be experienced in all aspects of woodwind repair, preferably with a focus on oboe and bassoon repairs.   We pride ourselves on quality repairs—we are not a production shop.  Instruments we repair include:  oboes, English horns, bassoons, contrabassoons, clarinets, flutes and saxophones. Our clientele includes beginning players, schools, college professors, and symphonic professionals.

Qualified candidates should be a graduate of a band instrument repair course and have a basic knowledge/skill to different types of padding, adhesion, key fitting, dent and tenon work.  Preferred skills include body cracks and tenon replacement, but on-site training for these is available. Other necessary skills include:  machine tool operations, soldering/brazing, and understanding of levers, springs, hinges and threaded adjustments.

Benefits include:  competitive pay, bonuses, paid vacation, paid holidays, retirement plan, generous employee discounts, paid NAPBIRT dues and ongoing educational classes (including attending NAPBIRT conferences and meeting with woodwind manufacturers.)

Pay is commensurate with experience. This is an hourly position.  Current hours are:  Monday—Friday  9-5, with an occasional Saturday shift from 9-3.  Schedule may be flexible.  Location is in Minneapolis, MN.

Please send a resume and cover letter via email to: Jessica@mmimports.com  Position is open until filled.

To find more information regarding Midwest Musical Imports, please visit our website at:  www.mmimports.com

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.

Meet our newest repair technician, Ginny Dodge

We are very pleased to announce that Ginny Dodge has joined our repair staff!  Ginny comes to us from the East Coast, where she was a repair technician at Charles Double Reed Company.  She is a graduate of the Red Wing Band Instrument Repair Program, and holds a degree in music from Ithaca College.  Ginny studied oboe with Alison Kreiling-Franco, Richard Killmer, and Paige Morgan.

Ginny is a NAPBIRT member, where she is on the editorial staff for NAPBIRT's bimonthly Technicom. In her free time you can find her perfecting the family pumpkin pie recipe, considering learning to skateboard or trying her hand at folding mediocre origami animals. Relocating to Minneapolis affirms her love for snow, Jucy Lucys and wind chills that momentarily paralyze the windpipe.

Labor Day 2014 Hours & Specials - Free Shipping

Happy Labor Day!  In honor of the holiday as well as back-to-school we're offering FREE STANDARD SHIPPING on all domestic online & phone accessory orders starting this Friday, August 29th through Monday September 15th.  Take advantage of the 2 weeks of savings and get all of your woodwind accessory needs!

Labor Day 2014 Hours:

Saturday August 30th - closed

Sunday August 31st - closed

Monday September 1st - closed

Our normal business hours will resume on Tuesday September 2nd at 9am Central Time.  We'll be responding to all voicemails and email correspondences at that time.

Have a great Holiday Weekend!

-MMI Instrumental Specialists & Repair Team

Bassoon Care series: Swabs and caring for wood

In the next coming weeks I'll be offering some basic care tips for bassoonists. Following some basic care procedures can greatly enhance the look of your instrument and improve the performance of your bassoon between regular visits to your repair technician.

Swabbing your instrument after every playing session (or within a longer playing session) is the single most important thing you can do to keep your instrument in good playing condition. Excess moisture in the instrument while being stored can lead to water problems while playing, damaged pads, and extensive damage to the wood. Swabbing your instrument isn't a difficult task, but it has to be done properly to ensure the process is doing what it's supposed to do, and doesn't result in inadvertent damage.

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Repairing extreme wood damage in a bassoon boot joint

We recently encountered a student bassoon that had an extremely bad case of rot in the boot joint. Here are some pictures of the affected area when we received the instrument and after our repair tech Matt was done with replacing the rotted section of the boot and cleaning up the bracket. The bore has been lacquered, so it reflects the light in unusual ways. There is also some sealing wax visible around the area. You can see the line where the new wood meets the old all the way past the G tone hole (the one that is closed when you depress the F key)! Nearly 5 inches of the bore was replaced. Read More...