Loree Royal Oboe Spring Savings!

With the arrival of spring in Minnesota comes the arrival of spring savings!  We have a wonderful selection of Loree Royal oboes in stock and available for trials and we are happy to offer $400 off the current price through the end of May.  If you're in the market for a new Loree, now's the time to buy.

Hautbois-F.Loree-ROYAL1The Loree Royal instruments are the pick of many top orchestral and solo players throughout the world.

Since 1989, F.Lorée offers a masterpiece, the "ROYAL", which combines musicality, reliability and beauty. Special attention is paid to the selection of the wood, and only the pieces with the most beautiful aspects are used for its manufacturing. This instrument appeals to those looking for a darker and rounder tone given by thicker wood.

"cR+3" Full conservatory plateau system

Grenadilla wood – silver-plated keys
All trill keys – 3rd octave key
Forked F resonance key
Left hand F key
Low B flat resonance key

With our new financing option through 1st Mutual, now is an excellent time to purchase your new oboe!  Contact Jeff or Steven at 800.926.5587 in the oboe department to get trial information and availability.

 

Introducing the Fox Sayen Oboe

Fox is proud to offer its newest professional oboe: the Sayen. The Sayen has a larger body than traditional oboes. It is designed to produce the richest and darkest sound of all Fox oboes, while still offering exceptional response and intonation. Trimmed in gold with fine silver keys and the most select hand finished grenadilla wood, this oboe exemplifies the beauty and tradition of American craftsmanship.

Standard Features

  • Select grenadilla body
  • Nickel silver lined tenon sockets
  • Nickel silver caps for upper and lower tenon shoulders
  • Key work made of nickel silver with heavy silver plating
  • Nickel silver with gold plated posts and bands
  • Stainless steel arbors
  • Stainless steel wire springs
  • Teflon tipped stainless steel adjusting screws
  • High quality cork pads throughout
  • Adjustable thumb rest

Standard Keywork

  • Full conservatory system
  • Left hand F key
  • F resonance mechanism
  • F (sharp) key tab
  • B tab, Articulated C (sharp) mechanism
  • A (flat)-B (flat) trill with A height adjustment
  • G(sharp)-A trill key
  • Low C-C (sharp) trill key
  • Assembly key C-D and B-C (sharp) trills
  • Low B (flat) key with bridge adjustment screw
  • Low B (flat) resonance vent
  • Third octave key
  • Split D ring mechanism
  • Philadelphia high D key

Accessories

  • Hand-made French style professional leather case
  • Sheepskin lined case cover
  • Leather three-reed case
  • Silk swab, cork grease
  • Grenadilla tenon cork caps
  • Screwdriver

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.

From the Pros - Nathan Hughes, Principal Oboe Metropolitan Opera, Faculty The Juilliard School

Midwest Musical Imports has always held close relationships with many prominent solo and orchestral players throughout the world.  Whether they're trying instruments, hand-selecting instruments for sale, purchasing accessories, or just stopping in for a visit we are always pleased to work with these phenomenal musicians.

In our oboe department we work closely with a number of players who hand-select instruments and are always willing to offer tips and advice for any aspiring oboist. Nathan Hughes, principal oboist of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Oboe Faculty at The Juilliard School, is one such player that which we have a close working relationship with here at Midwest Musical Imports.  Considered to be one of the leading orchestral players as well as a sought after pedagog, Mr. Hughes' experience and expertise as a player and performing artist is highly valued and we are grateful for the partnership we share with him!

In a recent series of videos produced for the New World Symphony, Mr. Hughes offers advice on a variety of subjects ranging from articulation, phrasing, and audition preparation.  We'll be featuring these videos over the coming months as part of an information resource for oboists!

Video #1 - Double-Tonguing

video courtesy of the New World Symphony Orchestra

Hand-Selected Lorée oboe savings!

We're pleased to be offering savings now on all of our hand-selected Lorée AK standard and Standard Royal oboes!  These instruments were selected at the Lorée showroom in Paris and are truly remarkable oboes, we have a large quantity in stock now and they're looking for their new homes!  Right now you can save up to $400 on our current list price for all in-stock Lorée oboes.

Give Jeff or Steven a call in the shop at 800.926.5587 for trial information and current availability.

New Hand-Selected Lorée, Marigaux, & Howarth Oboes

We now have a beautiful selection of hand-selected Loree, Howarth, and Marigaux oboes in stock and available for trials!  These instruments were all selected in Europe and are now ready to find new homes.

We're currently stocking a large selection of -

Loree AK standard

Loree Regular Royals

Marigaux 901

Howarth XL (as well as s40c and s50c lined oboes)

Call Jeff or Steven at 800.926.5587 to inquire about trial policies and availability.

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

Introducing the Lorée-Cabart Oboe & English Horn

We're pleased to offer the Lorée-Cabart instruments here at Midwest Musical Imports - Including both the Cabart Oboe and the new English horn! Looking for your first English horn on a budget then we highly recommend the Lorée-Cabart. A mostly full conservatory instrument, it is all grenadilla  and includes a Lorée 2H bocal, case and case cover. These are beautiful instruments and certainly worth trying!  The oboes have long been an affordable option for students and amateurs alike!  Call for current price and availability.

About the Cabart Firm -

Founded in 1893, Cabart became part of the de Gourdon company in 1974. Cabart is the stamp of well-made student oboes and English horns with close tolerances, key-fitting, and cork pads throughout the instruments. Because of their high standard of manufacture combined with precise and stable tuning, Cabart is, very often, the most promising student choice.

Oboe Summer Goals

Oboe Summer Goals

Not going to a festival or studying privately, but want to up your musical game between the summer months?  What can you do on your own to improve your playing?  Grab a tuner, metronome, and one of these methods!  Challenge yourself with my picks for the top oboe method books for practice and self-teaching:

Barret Oboe Method- These progressive etudes have an opera aria influence, and chiefly are used for studying musicality.  Valuable technique studies are also included in this method.  There is a version edited by Martin Schuring, which is much easier to read; it is missing some prose discussing oboe basics, including breathing and articulation.

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Fox Oboe Special

Looking for a Fox oboe?  We're pleased to offer special pricing on all Fox model instruments!  You can now save $200 on all Fox oboes from the 333 Protege model through the Fox 800 professional model.  Call Jeff or Steven in the shop at 800.926.5587 about trial information and availability.  We can send up to any 3 oboes on a trial at one time - now is the time to try and buy your Fox oboe!

How to Buy a Used Oboe

When it comes time to purchase an oboe, upgrade from your student model, or just find a back-up for your main instrument, buying a brand new oboe may not be financially feasible. We certainly understand the constraints attached to purchasing an instrument and we are proud to offer a wide selection of used oboes in all levels and price ranges to fit your needs. While similar to trying brand new instruments, the process of trying used oboes is going to be different and there are a few things to consider a long the way. Hopefully these pointers will help you as you start the venture of finding a used oboe!
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Spring Savings!

Just in time for the arrival of Spring in Minnesota, we're offering up savings on Instruments, Bocals, and Accessories!  Check out our sale sections for oboe, bassoon, and single reeds for all of sale items!

And don't forget about our spring shipping rebate!  Now through May 31st, if you purchase an instrument from a trial we'll be happy to refund or apply your shipping toward the purchase of the instrument!

Our instrument specialists are always in the shop if you need to reach us for any reason - 800.926.5587.

Happy Spring!

Your Midwest Musical Imports Instrumental & Repair Teams,

Jessica, Trent, Steven, Jeff, Brandon, Eric, & Matt