Introducing the Fox Sayen Oboe

Fox is proud to offer its newest professional oboe: the Sayen. The Sayen has a larger body than traditional oboes. It is designed to produce the richest and darkest sound of all Fox oboes, while still offering exceptional response and intonation. Trimmed in gold with fine silver keys and the most select hand finished grenadilla wood, this oboe exemplifies the beauty and tradition of American craftsmanship.

Standard Features

  • Select grenadilla body
  • Nickel silver lined tenon sockets
  • Nickel silver caps for upper and lower tenon shoulders
  • Key work made of nickel silver with heavy silver plating
  • Nickel silver with gold plated posts and bands
  • Stainless steel arbors
  • Stainless steel wire springs
  • Teflon tipped stainless steel adjusting screws
  • High quality cork pads throughout
  • Adjustable thumb rest

Standard Keywork

  • Full conservatory system
  • Left hand F key
  • F resonance mechanism
  • F (sharp) key tab
  • B tab, Articulated C (sharp) mechanism
  • A (flat)-B (flat) trill with A height adjustment
  • G(sharp)-A trill key
  • Low C-C (sharp) trill key
  • Assembly key C-D and B-C (sharp) trills
  • Low B (flat) key with bridge adjustment screw
  • Low B (flat) resonance vent
  • Third octave key
  • Split D ring mechanism
  • Philadelphia high D key

Accessories

  • Hand-made French style professional leather case
  • Sheepskin lined case cover
  • Leather three-reed case
  • Silk swab, cork grease
  • Grenadilla tenon cork caps
  • Screwdriver

Welcome!

The staff at Midwest Musical Imports and the digital agency ArcStone have been working hard for the last several months to put together the best shopping experience and knowledge base for woodwind players of all stripes. You're looking at the best online site in the double reed world, right here!

The shopping cart software is completely new, so you will have to create a new customer account the first time you place an order. Don't worry though, if you have questions about what you've ordered in the past you can always call us and we can look up your order history going back at least two years. Please take advantage of our new image features, submit product reviews, add items to your wishlist, and of course order what you need through our secure checkout.

If you have any ideas for things we could add to our informational resources section or repair blog, please contact us and we'll make that a priority. We want this to be your one-stop place to learn and purchase. We'll be adding videos and tutorials on reed making, knife sharpening, instrument care, and proper way to use many of the products you'll find here.

Because it's still new, we're sure there are bugs to work out, errors, typos, and the occasional odd glitch. If you run across something that seems a little off (a picture of a clarinet where there should be an oboe swab, or a product that you can't seem to purchase) please contact us - we appreciate it!

Top left to bottom right: Jeff (oboe), Eric (repair), Brandon (single reeds), Matt (repair), Steven (oboe), Jessica (bassoon), Trent (bassoon)

 

Repair Services

Repair Services at Midwest Musical Imports

We are pleased to offer repair services for musical instruments. Midwest Musical Imports employs two full-time repair technicians. We will do our best to turn around smaller repairs quickly.  If you have an emergency repair, please call us at (800) 926-5587 for time, cost, and availability of rush services.

For years, we have been known for specializing in double reed repair, but we want you to know that we are also equipped to handle clarinets, flutes, and saxophones. We have also set up a blog with repair and maintenance advice by both myself and Matt so you can keep your instrument in the best condition between regular servicing.

---Eric Anderson
Head Repair Technician

Services offered:

  • Maintenance of instruments including disassembly of all key work, cleaning, lubricating, and adjusting of mechanisms
  • Replacement of torn or worn pads and corks
  • Rebuilding of loose or broken tenons
  • Repair of wood rot in bassoons
  • Tone-hole repairs required due to chips and cracks
  • Repairs to keywork including modifications and fabrication of parts
  • Repairs to cracks and leaks in instruments
  • Minor bocal repairs, including recorking
  • Mechanical Overhauls (this does not include key plating or re-finishing work)

This is only a sample of the many services that we offer.  Please call for more details.

The repair shop is open on Saturdays!

This allows customers to have small "walk-in" servicing done while they wait.  These repairs will be done on a first-come first-serve basis, and the rush rate will not apply on Saturdays.  Customers with repairs that will require more extensive work will be advised to leave the instrument with us.

Repair Technicians:

Eric Anderson graduated with a degree in musical instrument repair in 2005 from Minnesota State College SE tech. He has been repairing wind instruments since, with a primary focus in Bassoon and Oboe. As a member of NAPBIRT, he continues to further the education of his career, by attending annual conferences and sharing knowledge and techniques amongst other technicians in the craft. His support of music on a local and national level is a driving factor for both his professional and personal life.

Matt Reich is a native of Milbank South Dakota and 1983 graduate of South Dakota State University with a Music Education Degree. After service in the US Army in 1987, Matt began a career in the music retail industry throughout Iowa, Missouri, Illinois, and now Minnesota. Matt graduated from Redwing Technical College (Minnesota State College Southeast Tech) with a Band Instrument Repair Diploma in 1998 and has been behind the bench turning a screwdriver ever since. Matt is a member in good standing of the National Association of Professional Band Instrument Repair Technicians (NAPBIRT).