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:
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!
Bonjour Mes Amis and hello! I was born in Paris in 2017, hand made by the wonderful people at F. Loree. As a Royal Loree oboe, I am known for my big rich sound, flexibility, and unmatched projection. My type is the most popular orchestral instrument in the United States…Incroyable!
I came over from Paris to the wonderful oboists here at Midwest Musical Imports. I have spent most of my time as an ambassador of my kind traveling to various double reed events and exhibitions. I am what we know as a ‘demo’ instrument. I have never been owned by anyone other than Midwest but I’m now retired from the touring life and ready to find my forever home. The technicians here have taken spectacular care of me and I’m basically brand new. I’m ready for trials so why not give me a play?
For more information: https://www.mmimports.com/product/loree-regular-royal-uhxx-demo-instrument/
Fox Maple Sayen (NEW)
I was born in South Whitley, IN and the first maple Fox oboe of my type made its debut at the IDRS conference in 2018! I’m made entirely of maple with a liner in both the top and bottom joints to prevent cracking. If you prefer an oboe that feels light in your hands, I’m perfect for you! I will help eliminate any wrist pain or stress caused by the weight of the oboe. Let me lighten your load! I’m very flexible, versatile, and perfect for chamber music, solo literature or orchestral playing. I’m so excited to be part of the new oboe line up at Midwest Musical Imports! I would love it if you were to take me on an oboe trial to see what a perfect duo we can be. Bonus, I’m a lovely red color that will be admired every time you play me!
For more information and photos: https://www.mmimports.com/product/fox-maple-sayen-oboe/
We know it's April Fools, but we're not joking around! Today and tomorrow, get free standard shipping on all domestic accessory orders. Make sure you select the free shipping option when you check out! Happy spring from all of us at MMI!
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!!
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!
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!!
We've recently had price reductions on many of our used oboes including Loree, Howarth, Yamaha, and Marigaux!! Check out our used oboe page for the latest savings and to view photos.
Save on shipping charges for oboe trials!!
For new oboe trials, save up to $122 on shipping if you purchase a new oboe. For used oboe trials, save up to $61 on shipping if you purchase a used oboe.
As always, we are here to help you with any oboe questions you may have! Please contact our oboe specialists, Jeff or Steven, for more information or to set up a trial today!
For a limited time, we are offering huge savings on brand new Marigaux 2001 oboes! These fantastic oboes won't last long--call Jeff or Steven today to set up a trial!
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!!
Our tree is up, the decorations are hung and we're celebrating the holidays! From now until December 25th, 2017, we are offering special in-store and online savings.
IN-STORE - Select an ornament from our tree (pictured above) and reveal special savings on accessory purchases and new instruments!
ONLINE - All orders of $75 or more will receive free standard shipping! Purchase a new instrument from us and we'll refund your shipping charges and give you a $100 off!
Thank you for your business and we wish you a very happy holiday season!