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!

 

 

 

 

 

Oboe Masterclass Led By Peter Cooper - Videos

Back in September, we were very fortunate to host Colorado Symphony Principal Oboist and Marigaux Artist Peter Cooper for a masterclass event.  We had 5 amazing student participants, instruments and accessories, and a day full of oboe.  Here are a few videos to share from the event.

Vincent Persichetti's Parable for Solo Oboe - Michaela Helms, oboe

 

Ralph Vaughan Williams Concerto for Oboe - Jenni Neuski, oboe

2015 Holiday Specials & Holiday Hours

We're pleased to offer FREE SHIPPING on all domestic accessory orders now through January 5th, 2016.  Just in time to stock up for all the things you need or if you're shopping for that oboe, bassoon, or clarinet player in your life!  Either order online or call us in the shop and we'll be able to help you out!

*Offer good on all standard USPS domestic orders.  Additional shipping fees apply for USPS Priority or UPS shipments.*

*Offer good on accessory purchases only, does NOT apply to shipping on bocal or instrument purchases*

Shipping Time Frame -

USPS Standard: 3-5 days pending region

USPS Priority: 2-3 days pending region

USPS Expedited: 1-2 days pending region

UPS Ground: 3-5 days pending region

*Additional UPS expedited services (3 day, 2nd day Air, Overnight) also available, contact our specialists for details and rates*

2015 Holiday Hours:

Dec 24th: 9-1 pm central

Dec 25th & 26th: CLOSED

Dec 31st: 9-1 pm

Jan 1st: CLOSED

Jan 2nd: 9-3 pm

Jan 4th & 5th: CLOSED for our annual Inventory

Normal Business hours resume Wednesday January 6th at 9 am Central time.

Thanks and Happy Holidays from your Midwest Musical Imports Team!

Jessica, Brandon, Steven, Jeff, Katie, Tori, Eric, Virginia, & Matt

Extended Hours

Starting November 23rd, 2015 - we'll be updating our hours to offer extended hours on Saturdays! We'll no longer be open until 6 on Tuesdays and Thursdays but a few extra hours on the weekend.

Monday - Friday 9-5 pm

Saturday 9-3 pm

Closed Sundays

Don't forget you can always visit us on the web at www.mmimports.com anytime!

Labor Day 2015

Happy Labor Day!  We will be closed the following days for the holiday weekend -

Saturday September 5th: Closed

Sunday September 6th: Closed

Monday September 7th: Closed

Normal business hours will resume Tuesday September 8th, 2015 at 9 am central time.

We will be offering FREE shipping on all domestic online orders for the weekend. A great chance to stock up on all of your back-to-school needs!

New Hand-Selected Lorée Oboes

Just in time for the start of a new school year, we have a fantastic selection of Lorée AK, Royal, and 125 Lorée oboes now in stock.  These oboes were hand-selected at Lorée by Nathan Hughes, principal oboist of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra.  We have a full selection of instrument now ready for trials and we're anxious to find new homes for these wonderful instruments.  Contact our Jeff or Steven in the oboe department for trial information and availability.

A bit about Mr. Hughes -

nathanheadshotNathan Hughes is Principal Oboe of the Metropolitan Opera and is a member of the faculty at The Juilliard School.  He previously served as Principal Oboe of the Seattle Symphony and has made guest appearances as Principal Oboe with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic, and San Francisco Symphony.  A prolific chamber musician, Hughes has performed with the Met Chamber Ensemble at Carnegie Hall as well as with the Philadelphia and Seattle Chamber Music Societies.  He has also made appearances at the Aspen, Bridgehampton, Lucerne, Mainly Mozart, Marlboro, Salzburg, Santa Fe, Sarasota, Spoleto, Tanglewood and Verbier festivals.  A dedicated teacher, his students hold positions in numerous major symphony orchestras.  He has presented master classes at institutions such as the Cleveland Institute of Music, Manhattan School of Music, National Orchestral Institute, New World Symphony, Oberlin Conservatory, Round Top Festival Institute, Toronto’s Royal Conservatory, and the Poznań Academy in Poland.  He has earned degrees from The Juilliard School and the Cleveland Institute of Music, from which he is a recipient of the Alumni Achievement Award.

About F.Lorée Oboes -

The reputation of F.Lorée oboes is based on both tradition and advanced techniques.

Indeed, they are still handcrafted from carefully selected pieces of grenadilla wood from Mozambique (« Forest Stewardship Council » (FSC) certified) stored for more than five years. According to time-honored traditions, keys are made in solid nickel-silver then plated with a thick coat of silver or gold. Highly technical means of measure and control reduce tolerances in the fitting of the keys which can then react to the highest velocity and in silence for studio work and concert. Because it improves the reliability of the adjustments, the use of cork pads throughout the instrument contributes to an easy sound emission aven after years of performances.

F.Lorée strives for perfection through the development of a permanent staff training program and encouraging an active participation of the technicians in quality control. The ultimate finishing is manual but the control of tuning uses the most advanced electronic equipment available.

In 2010, the company was awarded the State label "Entreprise du Patrimoine Vivant" ("Living Heritage Company", or EPV) that rewards French firms for the excellence of their traditional and industrial skills.

 

New Marigaux Oboes & English horns

We now have a new selection of Marigaux 2001s, 901s, & English horns in stock and available for trials.  These instruments are just in from Paris and are truly wonderful!  If you've ever been interested in trying the Marigaux instruments, now is the time to set up a trial.  With our July shipping rebate, your shipping charges can be applied toward the purchase of one of these fantastic horns!

Marigaux 2001 -

Marigaux2001aSemi-automatic, grenadilla wood, silverplated keys.

  •  *Extended G key, G# and long F keys re- designed (more ergonomical)
  •  *Adjustable thumb-rest
  •  *Adjustment screw which lowers D ring to facilitate D to G slide (top octave)
  •  *Right hand little finger: C, C#, Eb re-designed; C, C# slide facilitated
  •  *Pads: low register 3 pads (B,C,D) made of white leather to prevent buzzing
  •  *Re-shaped bell

 

Marigaux 901 -

Semi-automatic, grenadilla wood, silverplated keys.
The very heart and essence of Marigaux manufacture, the original sound according  to Mr. Jules Marigaux’s standard.

901

  • Wood rigorously selected, dried during at least four years
  •  A traditional manufacture, true to the excellent reputation of French      craftsmanship.
  •  A much easier and sharper low register(double correspondence on the bell).
  •  A high register which is even and direct.
  • An excellent orchestral oboe played by the greatest ensembles worldwide.
  • 3rd octave key, double F key

English Horn (model 930) -

 

Semi-automatic,grenadilla wood,silverplated keys.

marigauxEH

  • Wood rigorously selected dried during at least four years
  • A traditional manufacture, true to the excellent reputation of French craftsmanship
  • A new bore and new design of crook, entirely hand made
  • A direct and flexible low register
  • A high register rich in harmonics
  • Keywork similar to that of an oboe so as to help the player who frequently uses both instruments
  • A very comfortable distance between keys

 

For trial information and availability, contact Jeff or Steven in the oboe department at 800.926.5587.

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.

July 4th Holiday Hours

Midwest Musical Imports wishes everyone a happy and safe 4th of July!  Our hours for the holiday hours are as follows -

Friday July 3rd - Closed

Saturday July 4th - Closed

Sunday July 5th - Closed

Our normal business hours will resume at 9 am central time on Monday July 6th. As always, you can visit us online at www.mmimports.com!

2015 Memorial Day Hours

We will be closed the following days this weekend for Memorial Day -

Saturday 5/23 - Closed

Sunday 5/24 - Closed

Monday 5/25 - Closed

Normal Business hours will resume Tuesday, 5/26 at 9 am central time.

We will also be offering FREE standard domestic shipping through our Webstore starting Friday evening 5/22.  Now's the time to stock up on your summer needs and get free shipping!