Happy Labor Day!
Our Holiday hours will be as follows -
Saturday 9/2/17 - CLOSED
Sunday 9/3/17 - CLOSED
Monday 9/4/17 - CLOSED
Normal business hours will resume at 9 am central time on Tuesday 9/5/17
I am sad to inform you that repair technician, Ginny Dodge's last day is today. We are very sad to see her go and will miss her around the shop!! Not only is she a fabulous repair technician, but we'll miss her jokes, laughter, whistling and bubbly personality. Ginny, we wish you nothing but success in your future endeavors and since you are now part of the MMI family, we expect you to come back and visit! =) Best of luck to you!! --Jessica and the MMI staff
To our MMI family-
I’d like to personally let you know that as of July 1st, I will no longer be repairing at Midwest Musical Imports. I will be moving to the Detroit, MI area to be with my fiancé and begin our next step of life together. I would like to impress that my time working for Midwest has been some of the best years of my life to date! That is due largely in part to the amazing community of woodwind players that we serve through the store. From double reed days to the annual IDRS conference to our in-store interactions, it has been an honor and a privilege to offer service to your instruments. If you’d like to keep in touch or let me know of your performances in Michigan, I would love to continue supporting your art in any way I can! My email is firstname.lastname@example.org or you can reach me via phone at 585.245.4305. In the mean time, I’ll be saving my pennies to see you all in Grenada at next year’s IDRS conference! Be well and keep up the amazing artistry. We’re lucky to have all of you in our lives here at MMI!
Also, pass the tissues.
We currently have 2 brand new Fox 680 and 1 Fox 685 bassoons in stock and on sale!! These are lovely instruments and are waiting to find their new homes! All of them are in the mountain maple and come with the following options: High F key, Rotary whisper lock, Ab/Bb trill key, Double low C plate, Left hand D-Eb trill key, A-Whisper key bridge. This is Fox's newest design. A thick walled bass and bell give you power and projection in the lower register, while the thin walled wing joint provides an easy, singing response in the upper register.
Current Fox artists playing the 680 include: Kristen Wolfe Jensen, Ted Soluri, Albie Micklich, and the Breaking Winds. Fox artist Matthias Racz plays on a Fox 685.
These instruments pair very well with a brand new Heckel bocal! Purchase any of our new bassoons and a new Heckel bocal at the same time and we will discount the Heckel bocal to $750. (A $325 savings!) Jessica and Katie have expertly paired Heckel bocals with 680s and 685s, and are happy to help you find the perfect match for your style of playing.
These fully featured bassoons are on sale for a discounted cash/check price of $26,500. Call today to take one on trial!!!
We are excited to be a part of ClarinetFest 2017!! The annual clarinet convention will take place in Orlando, FL from July 26-29. Tori recently returned from Buffet, where she and Richie Hawley hand-selected an amazing assortment of clarinets that will be available for trial. Also available will be Epplesheim's Contrabass clarinet for testing. One of our repair technicians will be doing free repairs throughout the show. A large variety of accessories will also be available for sale. And if all of this isn't enough, stop by to see Tori, Brandon, and Jessica's smiling faces!! =)
We absolutely love our new location and think you will, too!! The store has doubled in size!! We've added practice/lesson rooms, a recital hall, increased the size of our repair shop and sales floor. Please stop by for a visit! We'd love to show you around!
Our repair staff working hard in the new repair shop!
Our new recital hall with seating capacity of 60!
One of our new teaching/practice studios!
A street view of our new space.
We look forward to welcoming you in the store soon!
Please come visit us at this year's International Double Reed Society Convention in Appleton, Wisconsin! We'll have a full selection of instruments, bocals, and accessories to try and purchase. Come by and say hi to bassoonists Jessica & Katie, oboists Jeff & Steven, as well as free repairs offered at our table by Eric, Virginia, and Allen.
We'll have oboes and english horns by Loree, Marigaux, Fox, Howarth, Yamaha, & Buffet. Bassoons by Fox, Wolf, & Puchner. Bocals for English horn by Hiniker and Loree as well as Bassoon bocals by Heckel, Yamaha, Puchner, and Fox!
We'll see you in Appleton!
Join MMI's Ginny Dodge for a two-hour event on mindfulness, healing and intentional goal setting on Saturday, June 17th. Stop by in person or virtually with our Facebook Live broadcast. We’ll be offering four interactive and informative sessions on popular topics in personal development and holistic wellness, specific to musicians! Learn about and try essential oils, practice using powerful vocabulary, learn why goal setting hasn’t worked in the past and what to do about it, and build your knowledge of breathing exercises and meditation.
10:00-10:20 Session I: Meditation and Breathing Exercises
10:30-10:50 Session II: Affirmations, Gratitude and Mindfulness
11:00-11:20 Session III: Essential Oils for Musicians
11:30-11:50 Session IV: Goal Setting in the World of Music
We’re excited to see you!
In honor of Memorial Day, we will be closed the following hours -
Normal business hours will resume on Tuesday May 30th at 9am central time.
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!!!
Eric, Matt, Ginny, Caleb and Allen
Featuring clarinetists: Scott Anderson, Nina Olsen, Jen Gerth, Tim Zavadil. Noon to five pm, May 13th, 2017.
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!
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