We've moved and are open for business!!!!

We are extremely happy to announce that we have moved to our new location and most importantly, WE ARE OPEN FOR BUSINESS!!!!!!  Please visit us at:  1621 E. Hennepin Ave., Ste. 100, Minneapolis, MN 55414. (Only two blocks away from our old location!) Our email and phone contacts have not changed.

If arriving by car, take East Hennepin to 16th Ave SE, and park either on 16th Ave SE (it's a dead end), or the parking lot across from the west entrance on 16th.  If needed, there is a ramp located at the back of the building at the main entrance.  Please call us with questions. We are located in the southwest corner of the Fisk building, at the corner of 16th Ave SE and E. Hennepin Ave.

The new space is much larger than our old and includes a recital hall!  Our repair dept. and the retail shopping area have been expanded.  Below are some photos.  We can't wait to welcome you in the store!

20170110_100734 Our new shopping area

20170110_100833The brand new recital hall!  Watch for upcoming events!!

20170110_101010The repair staff (minus Allen) in the new repair shop!  L-R , Eric, Caleb, Ginny, Matt and Coda in the front!

20170110_121359Sales staff in the new sales area! L-R Jeff, Steven, Jessica, Katie, Brandon, Tori.

We thank you for your patience over the new year as we were closed and completed our move.  Please stop by and say hello when you are in the area!  We'd love to give you a personal tour! =)

Best wishes from all of us at MMI!
Jessica, Jeff, Steven, Katie, Brandon, Tori, Eric, Ginny, Matt, Caleb and Allen

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*

Welcome Richie Hawley!

We are excited to announce our collaboration with Buffet-Crampon artist and Rice University's Richie Hawley!  Richie is currently the Professor of Clarinet at the Shepherd School of Music in Houston, TX.  He is a highly sought after performer and teacher and we are honored to join forces with him!  Our current plans are to send Richie to the Paris Buffet-Crampon factory in September to hand-select high quality instruments.  His goal is to find instruments that are versatile for any player!

“I’m very excited to be working with MMI to hand-select instruments. There are few shops that can combine an excellent selection of instruments with specialists who can tailor their instruments to your needs.  The folks at MMI are fun, knowledgeable and are guaranteed to give you great service!” -R.H.

Once the instruments arrive at our store they are professionally set-up to ensure that they are in top playing condition for trials.  This includes changing critical pads, adjusting tone holes and spring tension.  You will be amazed by the difference our changes make!

We have a great variety of clarinets in stock including the new Tradition.  The instrument is easy blowing yet the depth of the sound is not compromised. These instruments are a must try!  We also have a great selection of Eb, A and Bass clarinets.  Our Prestige and Tosca bass clarinets  are always in stock!

Our generous 7-day no deposit trial system also allows you to take up to three at a time!  Call us today to set up a trial and feel the difference in our clarinets!

Richie Hawley. Buffet pallet

(Richie at the Buffet-Crampon factory in Jacksonville)

Richie with repair

(Richie working with our repair specialists)

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!

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

Marcus Bonna Cases have arrived

We're Thrilled to announce the arrival of the Marcus Bonna Light-weight instrument cases for Oboe, Bassoon, & Clarinet.  These cases are extremely popular, well made, and excellent choices for all instruments.  If you have additional questions regarding the cases, or want to discuss a special order, feel free to contact one of our instrument specialist at 800.926.5587.

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Marcus Bonna Cases

oboe/english horn:

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Clarinet:

 

New Buffet Bass Clarinets

Close up Bass Clarinet - Prestige buffetBuffet Crampon's 1193 Prestige bass clarinet is an excellent instrument that features amazing projection that will cut through any band or orchestra with ease.  The overall sound is warm, focused and consistent throughout all ranges.  The altissimo range is particularly easy to play with the right mouthpiece and reed combination.  The rich quality in the lower register combined with the quintessential bass clarinet sound is sure not to disappoint.

 

Tosca up close

Buffet Crampon’s Tosca bass clarinet is amazing! On first play I sensed how easy it is to play.  The new bore design creates a sound that is soloistic in nature but is also warm and focused.  Immediately I could tell the difference between the Prestige in sound and key performance.  The instrument seems to do all the work for you as it almost has the feel of playing a Bb clarinet, especially when going over the break.  This is perhaps due to the new and unique register key system.  The keys are easy to reach (even for small hands) as it has a compact feel.  Buffet replaced the right thumb low D with an alternate low Eb (Genius!)  The consistency in tone and feel between each register is amazing. The intonation of the instrument is quite good.  There is definitely an improvement in tuning in comparison to the Prestige, however, as with all instruments there are some inconsistencies.

We have regular stock of these instruments, which is very rare.  This gives buyers an opportunity to gage the amazing feel and tone for themselves.

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