Job Opening--Woodwind Repair Technician

Midwest Musical Imports is looking for full-time woodwind repair technician.  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 over quantity.  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, spring, hinges and threaded adjustments.  Candidate will regularly work with customers and must be customer service orientated with good people skills.

Permanent full-time 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 store hours are:  Monday and Thursday 9-7, Tuesday, Wednesday, & Friday 9-5, and Saturday from 9-3.  Schedule may be flexible.  Location is in Minneapolis, MN, in a brand new, light-filled repair shop.

Please send a resume and cover letter via email to: Jessica@mmimports.com  Position is open until filled.  Must be eligible to work in the United States.  Qualified applicants will be contacted to schedule a bench test.

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

Tips from our Techs--Humidity Issues

 

Tip from head repair technician, Eric Anderson

Summer is that time of year when humidity increases and the wood body of instruments begins to expand.  This happens along the width and length of the wood grain affecting both the fit of keys, levers, and tenons.   When the wood expands in the summer months, woodwind instruments often don't fit together without a struggle, if they even fit together at all! We find that this issue is most prevalent during the first year of a new instrument's life, and especially prevalent in newer clarinets.

If this happens with your instrument to the point where abnormal force is required to take it apart, it's best to have an experienced repair technician take care of it.  A technician will be able to adjust the fit of the tenon cork, the exposed wood on the tenon, or sometimes both.  Ignoring the problem and blowing warm, humid air down your instrument will only make it worse!

The humidity will also make keys fit looser, but don't worry!  We never fit keys too tightly in the summertime because they will most likely expand in the fall/winter and potentially bind once the humidity drops.  Loose key fittings won't harm your instrument, they only cause them to be slightly noisier.  If you can live with the loose key fitting in the summer, great!  It should return to normal in the fall/winter.  If it is an issue for you, we can certainly fix it, and if we do, don't forget to come back to get the fit readjusted after the humidity changes.

If you ever experience issues with your instrument and don't know what to do, remember we are only a phone call away and are happy to help!!

Introducing our newest repair technician, Brian!

We are happy to announce that we have a new team member!  Brian DeGayner has joined MMI in the repair department.  He graduated from Southeast Technical in Red Wing with a diploma in band instrument repair in 2016. Prior to joining the repair team at MMI, Brian worked for Twin Cities Instrument Repair in Edina, focusing on flute and double reeds. He is a member of the National Association of Professional Band Instrument Repair Technicians, and attends state and regional conferences. Brian spends most of his free time outdoors, or playing in local orchestras.

We asked Brian a few questions to get to know him better!

What got you started in repair? 

"After a few years of playing horn, I realized my love for working with my hands could be applicable to the industry. After talking with Greg Beckwith, I dropped everything and went to Southeast Tech in Red Wing."

What groups were you playing in prior to going to school for repair?

"I have played for several orchestras around Minnesota. Mankato Symphony, St. Andrew’s, Bloomington Symphony, Minneapolis Civic, Wayzata Symphony, and currently St. Paul Civic."

Any favorite pieces? 

"I love Mahler’s symphonies, especially 3, 4, and 5. Ein Heldenleben, Holst’s Jupiter, Sibelius....basically anything horn-heavy. Otherwise, I’m usually partial to playing in small ensembles, such as Daniel Baldwin’s Landscapes for Clarinet, Horn, Bassoon and Piano, Martinu’s Quartet for Clarinet, Horn, Cello and Snare Drum, or Barber’s Summer Music."

What is your favorite repair to do?

I love a challenge. My favorite work to do is overhauling instruments: breathing new life into an instrument is very rewarding, and hearing an instrument I fixed on stage always makes me smile.

Any hobbies at home?

I would consider myself a maker. I’ve used my machining experience to make plenty of hand tools and a few machines to help with various projects. Currently, I’m refinishing my tool chest, painting models, and working on my jewelry making skills. I wouldn’t mind getting into watch and clock mechanism repair...

You’ve mentioned your love for the outdoors...

I go hiking and camping as much as I can, year round. I am an Eagle Scout (Troop 494, White Bear Lake, 2009), so I basically grew up outdoors. My family moves a lot of timber every year, and I hunt and fish whenever I can.

 

Please join us in welcoming Brian to MMI!  We are so happy to have him part of our team!

Happy National Teacher's Day!

We are so appreciative of all of the teachers that have helped us become who we are, and the teachers we help in the store!

In honor of National Teacher's Day, we are offering free standard shipping through Sunday on any accessory order shipped within the US.
Use code WELOVETEACHERS at the checkout.

From MMI, a HUGE thank you to every teacher, not only on your special day, but always!!

Big Savings on slightly used Buffet clarinets!

For a limited time only, save big on slightly used Buffet Crampon clarinets!

View our used clarinet inventory

  • USED - Buffet Crampon R13 Silver Bb Clarinet S#675010
  • USED - Buffet Crampon RC Bb Clarinet S#669493
  • USED-Buffet Crampon RC Prestige Bb Clarinet S#679961
  • USED-Buffet Crampon RC Prestige Bb Clarinet S#683829
  • USED-Buffet Crampon RC Prestige Bb Clarinet S#686671
  • USED-Buffet Crampon Tosca Bb Clarinet S#692876
  • USED-Buffet Crampon RC Prestige Eb clarinet S#680859
  • USED-Yamaha CSVR A Clarinet S#1692

Holiday Hours

We will have special end of year hours for our physical location in Minneapolis. As usual, our online store is ALWAYS open!

Sat., Dec. 23rd - OPEN 9-3
Sun., Dec. 24th - CLOSED
Mon., Dec. 25th - CLOSED
Tues., Dec. 26th - OPEN with limited staff and no repair staff
Wed. Dec. 27-Sat. Dec. 30th--Normal hours
Sun., Dec. 31st through Wed. Jan 3rd--CLOSED for New Year's and our annual inventory.

Thurs. Jan 4th--Normal business hours resume. Normal business hours are Monday to Friday 9-5 and Saturday 9-3.

Thank you for you understanding and we wish you much peace, joy and success in 2018!!

Small Business Saturday

Shop small with us!!  Saturday, November 25, 2017 is Small Business Saturday!  We will be offering 10% off on all accessory for IN-STORE purchases.  If you are not able to come in to the store, we will be offering free shipping within the US on all online accessory orders!  Thank you for supporting your small woodwind shop, we greatly appreciate you, our customers!!!

Happy Thanksgiving! Holiday Hours and Savings

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at MMI!!!  We will be closed on Thursday and Friday to celebrate the holiday with our families. We will reopen on Saturday, from 9-3!

Our online store will remain open during this time.  Please shop www.mmimports.com  We will have a special online only deal on Black Friday (10% off all accessories!) and we will be offering free shipping the entire weekend for orders shipped within the US!

Have a wonderful holiday and happy music-making!

Marigaux Savings

Just in time for back-to-school, we're pleased to offer savings on select Marigaux instruments! Right now, we're offering $500 off the normal list price of all Marigaux 2001 and M2 models. We have a full selection of instruments available for trial and ready to go. Contact Jeff or Steven in the oboe department at 800.926.5587 for additional details, availability, and trial procedures.

2001

Semi-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

M2

Personalised instrument

Individual choice of head joints

Streamline design

Improved tuning

3 head-joint lenghts available : short, standard and long

Emily Brebach Oboe & English Horn Masterclass

 

You're invited!! FREE!!

Mini-recital
Masterclass
Reception following the class
Large selection of oboes and English horns for trial
Free small repairs

Emily Brebach joined the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra playing English horn and oboe in the fall of 2012.

Ms. Brebach, a Philadelphia native, has performed with several orchestras throughout the United States, including the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Minnesota Orchestra, the Kansas City Symphony, and the Houston Symphony.  In past summers, she has performed at the Grand Teton Music Festival, the Des Moines Metro Opera, Tanglewood Music Center, and the Aspen Music Festival. Prior to joining the ASO, Ms. Brebach held the position of English horn and oboe with the Sarasota Orchestra.

Ms. Brebach holds degrees from Oberlin Conservatory and Rice University's Shepherd School of Music, and studied with Louis Rosenblatt, James Caldwell, Robert Atherholt, and Robert Walters.  She is an Artist Affiliate Instructor of Oboe at Emory University, a faculty member of the Atlanta Symphony's Talent Development Program and maintains an active private studio in her home.  Ms. Brebach has also given masterclasses and reedmaking seminars at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, Florida State University, the University of Minnesota, the University of South Carolina, and the North Carolina School for the Arts. She spends her summers in residence at the Brevard Music Center in Brevard, NC, as English horn and oboe as well as artist faculty.

We look forward to seeing you at this great, FREE event!!  RSVP here!