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!
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.
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!
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!
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!
We are excited to announce our 3rd Annual Clarinet Day at MMI! April 13, 2019 from 10am-5pm.
Jonathan Gunn -clarinet professor from University of Texas - Austin, will be our featured guest artist. Jonathan will performing a small recital and giving a master class event.
Masterclass Participant Request:
- Participants will be selected based on repertoire and age. 4 performers will be selected by the artist; all decisions are final.
- Submissions can be made through the link below or by emailing your name, age, contract information and selected repertoire to firstname.lastname@example.org by EXTENDED DATE April 1, 2019 5:00pm.
New! Solo Competitions
Performances open to the public
Junior division - ages 14-17:
§ 1st place = $200 cash price
§ 2nd place = $100 cash prize
§ 3rd place - $50 in-store credit
Senior division - ages 18- 26:
§ 1st place = $500 cash prize and invitation to attend Buffet's Clarinet Academy in July!
§ 2nd place = $200 cash prize
§ 3rd place = $100 cash prize
Submission deadline for solo competition is EXTENDED DATE April 7, 2019 at 5:00pm
Submissions can be made through the link below or by emailing email@example.com with your name, contact information and repertoire.
No accompanist required.
Schedule of Events
10-10:30am: Jonathan Gunn Performance
10:35-11:05am: Relaxation and Performance Techniques: Jennifer Gerth and Karrin Meffert-Nelson
11:10-11:40am: Clarinet Maintenance and Crack Prevention: Tori Okwabi and Caleb Rasmussen
11:45-12:30: Audition and Performance Preparation: Scott Anderson
12:30-1:00: Lunch break
12:45-1:45: Junior and Senior Solo Competitions (Open to the Public)
1:55-2:35: How to play in tune: Intonation and Voicing: Sang Yoon Kim and Gabriel Campos Zamora
2:40-4:20: Jonathan Gunn Masterclass
4:30-5:00: Clarinet Choir directed by Rena Kraut
Free small repairs throughout the day and a small lunch will be provided.
Competition Rules and Regulations:
1. Prepare 5 minutes max. of music from the standard solo clarinet repertoire. If you have questions about repertoire please
2. Accompaniment and memorization is NOT needed. (Piano optional)
3. Entrants must supply 1 copy of their music for the judges.
4. Proper performance attire is expected.
5. Limit of 20 entrants per division allowed. Therefore performers are selected on a first come, first served basis. A wait list will be created in the event of cancellations.
Happy holidays from the clarinet department at MMI! If you are looking to buy that talented student or special someone a clarinet this holiday season we have the deals for you! We have a limited selection of open box inventory at a fantastic price! The professional model instruments have been set-up by our expert repair technicians and play tested for fine tuning by our clarinet specialist. A value of $450 and at NO COST to you. You can rest assure that you have a truly wonderful instrument.
Buffet E11 Bb Clarinet- $1000/$970
Buffet R13 silver-plated keys Bb Clarinet - $3512/$3410
Buffet Tradition nickel-plated keys Bb Clarinet - $3502/$3400
Buffet R13 nickel-plated keys A Clarinet - $3399/$3300
Buffet Festival A Clarinet - $4326/$4200
Yamaha CSGII Bb Clarinet - $3142/$3050
Selmer Presence Bb Clarinet - $2914/$2800
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!
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
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!