Buffet $250 Instant Rebate & MMI Discounts

Get up to $500 off your R13 Bb or A clarinet purchase now through December 15, 2020.  With Buffet's $250 discount and MMI's spectacular offers you can get up to $500 off! All clarinets are professionally setup at NO ADDITIONAL CHARGE to our clients. Learn more about our setup here.

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Royal Global Clarinets

Midwest Musical Imports is very excited to introduce our new partnership with Royal Global Clarinets and Brian Corbin Clarinet Products Distribution!

We have a selection of Royal Global inventory in our shop and are offering trials of these fine instruments - call today for more information about our generous trial process!

American Royal Global Artists include: Jonathan Cohler (Longy School of Music, Bard College), Jorge Montilla (University of Iowa), Christopher Hill (Principal Clarinet,  South Dakota Symphony Orchestra) and Lilly Haley (U.S. Navy Pacific Fleet Band).

History:

Yuan Gao is the owner and clarinet designer of Royal Global. He is a decorated clarinetist who studied performance in Asia, Europe and the U.S. As a student, Yuan developed his instrument and accessory making skills, learning skills from instrument makers such as Luis Rossi. In 2010, after years of building instruments by hand in Boston, Yuan began sourcing parts and developing prototypes with some of China's top instrument manufacturers. Ultimately Yuan built his own facility near Beijing, China giving him 100% control over every part of the manufacturing process. This control helped achieve high standards in quality control, from natural aging of the wood to making all of the keywork and accessories in the same facility. Still to this day, clarinets are hand-finished near Boston. After 5 short years, Royal clarinets began selling and gaining recognition in over 25 countries such as Brazil, Italy, China, and Russia. Now, Royal Global is making more advances on their instruments and gaining traction in the U.S. clarinet market, garnering a reputation for high quality craftsmanship at a great value.

Wood selection:
The grenadilla (African blackwood) wood is aged anywhere from 5-10 years providing consistency in sound and minimizing the possibilities of cracking. Naturally dried and aged, all clarinets are unstained and display the natural beauty of the wood. The most dense and acoustically resonant pieces of wood are reserved for the high end professional models.

Key work:

A unique Royal Global feature, the silver and gold plating is applied using a process that leaves a heavier, thicker layer to protect against plating wear and enhance the feel in the hands. Uniquely the keys are double plated with silver or gold and are made from one solid piece. Yuan makes all his own keys in the same factory as the clarinets. Royal Global is also the maker of keys and parts for many major instrument makers across the globe.

*Learn how Royal clarinets are made here.

Features:

Features:
• Royal Global clarinets feature poly-cylindrical bores that are uniquely "stepped." Manipulating the bore shape and taper gives life to each model, unique in its response, flexibility, and tonal palette.
• Silent Mechanism, using synthetic body bumpers instead of old-school key corks that fall off and deteriorate
• Adjustable clarinet barrels (professional models)
• G/D lower joint vent and double-register Bb vent (Firebird only)
• 3 year manufacturer Warranty, including instrument replacement for cracks within the first year and joint replacement thereafter

Listen to Lily Haley play the Firebird model  - Here

COVID-19 Note to Valued Customers

How we are responding to COVID-19

EFFECTIVE FRIDAY APRIL 27th  - Curbside Pickup/Drop off of orders and repairs are now available. Please contact us at 800.926.5587 for more information.

In light of the recent health crisis facing our nation, we here at Midwest Musical Imports are deeply committed to the health and safety of our staff, clients, and community. Luckily, no one in our shop has been exposed to the Coronavirus at this time and we are directing all staff to stay home and away from the office if they’re not feeling well. It is imperative that during this time we protect ourselves as well as each other.

Cleaning & Sanitizing:

We are keeping close tabs on all state and national reports on the development of COVID-19. We are following all recommended CDC and WHO (World Health Organization) guidelines for cleaning and sanitizing our space including disinfecting all public spaces, door handles, counter tops, and our employees’ work spaces.
Strict hand-washing guidelines have been put in place and our staff know they are to wash and sanitize before handling an instruments/accessories.

Reed Protocol:

We will continue to sell and process hand made oboe, English horn, and bassoon reeds. We have reached out to all of our reed makers and have asked that reeds be disinfected with the use of hydrogen peroxide or high content alcohol. We will also be sterilizing new shipments of reeds as they come in and we will be re-packaging all reeds in new, unused tubes and plastic coffins. Our staff have been instructed to wear gloves during this process.

Repair Shop Protocol:

Updates to our repair shop procedures are as follows –

  • Repair work will continue as normal however all instruments will be left to acclimate in our shop for approximately 48-72 hours before any work will begin.
  • Repair technicians will wear latex gloves while working on all instruments and masks where applicable.
  • Each of our repair technicians will clean/sanitize their work stations between working on each instrument. They will also clean and sanitize tools and work spaces throughout the day as well.
  • Instrument cases will be cleaned and sanitized as well, both inside and out, before the instrument is returned to its case.

Instrument & Bocal Trials:

Instrument trials will be extended from 7 days to 10 days to allow appropriate time for instruments to acclimate. We have recommended that you allow all instruments to rest and acclimate in your home for 48 hours before playing them.

  • All new and used instruments will be wiped down and cleaned prior to shipping.
  • All bocals (bassoon and English horn) will be cleaned and disinfected upon return to the shop and before leaving for the next trial.

Should you or anyone around you become sick during the trial or have been exposed to COVID-19, please notify us immediately so the necessary precautions and actions can be taken.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to us at any time!

(612) 331-4717

F. Arthur Uebel Clarinets

Midwest Musical Imports is very excited to introduce our new partnership with F. Arthur Uebel Clarinets and Moe-Bleichner Distribution!

Ricardo Morales - Principal Clarinet of The Philadelphia Orchestra is now an Uebel artist. Come learn and try for yourself why Morales made the switch to these amazing clarinets!

Event details:

Saturday, October 5, 2019 1:30pm-4:00pm at Midwest Musical Imports

The event will start at 1:30pm with an introduction of the clarinets by an Uebel representative.

The remainder of the event will be an open house with the chance to:

  • Meet and greet with Uebel representatives
  • Learn more about the history and unique details of their production process
  • Trial several Uebel clarinet models

To learn more exclusive details about the clarinets, listen to the Clarineat Podcast with Sean Perrin and CEO Victoria Moe and instrument maker Andreas Moe.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TME-bifXgDg

History of Uebel Clarinets: The company was founded in 1936, but within the past 10-15 yrs the clarinets have been reinvented with modern improvements.

Wood Selection: Wood is hand-selected, aged for 5-7 years and another 2+ years after the bore is drilled. Other manufactures now kiln dry their wood, taking it only 5 weeks from tree to completed clarinet. The Uebel clarinets have lesser chance of cracking due to their selection and aging process.

Selection process includes looking for wood density, where the wood comes from and if the drying process is slow enough. Each joint of the clarinet is matched in wood density, weight and grain direction. These factors contribute to an even tone throughout each register.

Durability: The wood of every Uebel clarinet is hand-selected and includes multiple layers of silver plating on the keys which results in a very durable clarinet inside and out.

Clarinet bore: As with most German clarinets the bore is larger than French clarinets. This provides a thicker wall and in turn has a larger, darker sound. The modern Uebel clarinets have a hybrid bore that is smaller than a traditional German bore, but appeals to those most familiar with a French bore system.

Ergonomics: Due to the larger bore, the tone hole placements are also different from French clarinets. The feedback has been that the reach, particularly in the pinky keys, is easier. Those with smaller hands or younger students have an easier time getting around the clarinet; especially on their very popular bass clarinet!

 

 

 

Graduate to Yamaha!!

 

Purchase a qualifying Yamaha instrument between April 1, 2019 and June 30, 2019 to receive a rebate!

 

Qualifying instruments include:

CLARINETS $50 REBATE:  Models 4xx, 5xx
CLARINETS $100 REBATE:  Models 6xx, 8xx, Cxx, Sxx

OBOES $50 REBATE:  Models 4xx
OBOES $100 REBATE:  Models 8xx

BASSOONS $100 REBATE:  Models 8xx

SAXOPHONES $50 REBATE: Models 3xx, 4xx, 5xx
SAXOPHONES $100 REBATE:  Models 6xx, 8xx

To view above selected models, please click below:

Yamaha Clarinets

Yamaha Oboes

Yamaha Bassoons

Yamaha Saxophones

 

If you have purchased a qualifying instrument already, please submit visit https://usa.yamaha.com/promotions/graduate_to_yamaha_2019/index.html  to submit your rebate!

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

Labor Day 2018 - Holiday Hours

Wishing everyone a safe and happy Labor Day Weekend!

Please note the following Holiday hours -

Saturday September 1st - CLOSED

Sunday September 2nd - CLOSED

Monday September 3rd - CLOSED

Normal Business hours will resume Tuesday September 4th at 9 am CST.

Don't forget to visit our online shop and stock up for back-to-school!

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!!