Gifts for the Oboist

Not sure what to buy for the Oboist on your holiday shopping list?  Don't worry!  We've put together a list of ideas at all price levels!  Call us if you would like more assistance, we are happy to help!

 

Under $10

Thread

Variegated Thread

Polishing Cloth

Cigarette Paper

 

Under $50

Books

Swabs

Reed Cases

Knives

Reeds

Tool Pouches

 

$50 and above

Key Chains and Pendants

Reed Cases

Reed Making Kit

Oboe Cases

Case Covers

Music Stands

Gifts for the Bassoonist

Not sure what to buy for the Bassoonist on your holiday shopping list?  Don't worry!  We've put together a list of ideas at all price levels!  Call us if you would like more assistance, we are happy to help!

Under $10

Thread

Plaques

 

Under $50

Swabs

Kolbl leather cup seat strap

Cane

Music Stand

Mandrel

Protec or Rigotti Reed case

Music

Tool Pouch

Reeds

Files

Books on Bassoon

 

$50+

Rieger tip cutter

Rieger Micrometer

Marcus Bonna case

Reed Making Kit

DWK reed case

Rieger 6 pin drying board

Rieger reamer

LC Double Reed Forming Kit

Bassoon Stand

Knife

Job Opening--Bassoon Specialist

Midwest Musical Imports is looking for a full-time bassoon specialist.

Qualified candidates should have a degree in bassoon.  Must possess excellent customer service and computer skills.  Occasional travel will be required.

Duties include:  assisting customers, play-testing bassoons, bassoon and bassoon bocal sales, accessory purchasing/ordering/fulfillment, web site updates, answering phones/emails, and other duties as assigned.

Benefits include:  competitive pay (we do not work on commission), bonuses, paid vacation, paid holidays, retirement plan, generous employee discounts.

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.

Please send a resume and cover letter via email to: Jessica@mmimports.com  Position is open until filled.

Happy Thanksgiving! Savings and free shipping!

This weekend, we will be CLOSED Thurs. and Fri. 11/22 &11/23 so our employees can enjoy time with their families during Thanksgiving.

Join us for SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY with special in-store only deals from 9am to 3pm.

ONLINE ONLY!  Save 10% on all accessory orders all weekend--use code HOLIDAY2018 at the checkout. Free shipping on all online orders all weekend long!

We are grateful for you, our customers, and wish you a wonderful holiday weekend from all of us at Midwest Musical Imports!

New Hours!

We have new hours!!  We are now open Monday and Thursday evenings until 7pm.

New hours are:

9am – 7pm Monday and Thursday
9am – 5pm Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday
9am – 3pm Saturday

Thanks so much and we hope to see you soon!

2nd Annual Clarinet Day!!

Event is free and no registration required!

SATURDAY, MAY 19, 2018
10AM-4PM 
AT MIDWEST MUSICAL IMPORTS 

Free repairs, food, and instrument trials all day!
Location:  MMI's Recital Hall
All levels of clarinetists (and parents & band directors) welcome!

 

GIVEAWAYS!
STUDENTS--Win one of two student only prizes--a Buffet Prodige clarinet or a $250 clarinet scholarship!
SIGN UP TO WIN! (for all)--BG Duo ligature, wood glass plate reed case, Fobes Bb barrel, D'Addario Reserve reeds, Yamaha 4C mouthpieces, Legere reeds

GIVEAWAYS FOR ALL-Swag bags to the first 30 people in the door filled with reeds,
accessories, vendor swag and more!

Free small repairs during the event!  A light lunch will be served during the lunch seminar.

A HUGE variety of clarinets from Buffet, Selmer, and Yamaha will be available for testing all day!

 

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
10:00-10:15     Welcome and Clarinet trio performance with Gabriel Campos Zamora,
Tim Zavadil and Scott Anderson

10:15-10:50     Tim Zavadil: Bass clarinet and Eb beginnings (Band directors encouraged to come)

11:00-12:00     Scott Anderson and Gabriel Campos Zamora: Auditions and efficient practicing

12:15-12:45     Lunch with MMI Repair Techs: Maintenance and care of your instrument
12:15-12:45     Lunch with Tori Okwabi and Paul Schimming: Good Foundations/Q&A for
parents and band directors

1:00-1:30         Melissa Koprowski: Vandoren reeds and mouthpieces

1:40-2:10         Jennifer Gerth: Creating Harmony: The Mind-Body Connection

2:20-2:50         Forum--Entrepreneurship in Clarinet/Q&A with Karrin Meffert-Nelson,
Rena Kraut, Carley Olson, and Jan Scholl

3:15-4:00         Clarinet choir reading/rehearsal/performance: All are invited. Please bring
your music stand and your clarinet!

 

CLINICIANS AND PERFORMERS
Scott Anderson: Clarinet professor at St. Olaf College
Gabriel Campos Zamora: Principal Clarinetists of the Minnesota Orchestra and Buffet Artist
Jennifer Gerth: Clarinet professor at Augsburg College, St. Thomas University and University of Minnesota
Melissa Koprowski: Clarinet professor at University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and Vandoren Artist
Rena Kraut: Director of the Cuban American Youth Orchestra and Clarinet professor at Gustavus Adolphus College
Allen Mannes: Midwest Musical Imports Repair Technician
Karrin Meffert-Nelson: Clarinet Professor at Gustavus Adolphus College and Principal Clarinetist of the Minnesota Opera
Tori Okwabi: Clarinet Specialist at Midwest Musical Imports and educator
Carley Olson: Clarinet performer and educator
Caleb Rassmusen: Midwest Musical Imports Repair Technician
Paul Schimming: Clarinet professor at Concordia University-St. Paul and GTCYS librarian
Jan Scholl: Clarinet professor at University of Northwestern and University of Minnesota
Tim Zavadil: Clarinetist and Bass clarinetist of the Minnesota Orchestra and clarinet professor at University of Minnesota

 

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Looking forward to seeing you on Saturday!!

Job Opening--Woodwind Repair Technician

 

Midwest Musical Imports is looking for a temporary part to full-time double reed repair technician to assist with summer repairs through August with potential to continue.  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, spring, hinges and threaded adjustments.

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 hours are:  Monday—Friday  9-5, with an occasional Saturday shift 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.  Qualified applicants will be contacted to schedule a bench test.

Holiday Hours

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!!

Darrel Hale Bassoon Masterclass

Mini-recital with works by Bach, Mignone & Winstead
Masterclass
Reception following the class
Large selection of bassoons and bocals for trial
Free small repairs

Darrel Hale is the Assistant Professor of Bassoon at Louisiana State University and the Principal Bassoon of Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra. An avid chamber musician, he also performs regularly as a member of the Timm Wind Quintet and the Conundrum Reed Trio. Before joining the faculty at LSU, Mr. Hale serviced as the Acting Principal of the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra and the Principal Bassoon of the Kentucky and Springfield Orchestras. His teachers include Dr. Yoshiyuki Ishikawa, Per Hannevold, and William Winstead.

We look forward to seeing you at this great, FREE event!!

Fox 680 & 685 bassoons on sale!

We currently have 2  brand new Fox 680 and 1 Fox 685 bassoons in stock and on sale!!  These are lovely instruments and are waiting to find their new homes!  All of them are in the mountain maple and come with the following options: High F key, Rotary whisper lock, Ab/Bb trill key, Double low C plate, Left hand D-Eb trill keyA-Whisper key bridge. This is Fox's newest design.  A thick walled bass and bell give you power and projection in the lower register, while the thin walled wing joint provides an easy, singing response in the upper register.

Current Fox artists playing the 680 include:  Kristen Wolfe Jensen, Ted Soluri, Albie Micklich, and the Breaking Winds.  Fox artist Matthias Racz plays on a Fox 685.

These instruments pair very well with a brand new Heckel bocal!  Purchase any of our new bassoons and a new Heckel bocal at the same time and we will discount the Heckel bocal to $750. (A $325 savings!)  Jessica and Katie have expertly paired Heckel bocals with 680s and 685s, and are happy to help you find the perfect match for your style of playing.

These fully featured bassoons are on sale for a discounted cash/check price of $26,500.  Call today to take one on trial!!!

 

Thank you for attending our grand opening celebration!

I would like to extend a very heartfelt thank you to everyone that came to our grand opening celebration! For those of you that came, emailed, sent flowers or called with your best wishes, we are extremely grateful. Below are some photos from the event.

A big thank you again to our generous sponsors/vendors: Buffet-Crampon, Fox Products, Loree, Puchner, Heckel, D'Addario, Peak, and Clark Fobes.

We look forward to many more events and please keep an eye on our calendar for updates!

Best wishes,
Jessica Nelson, General Manager

Owner and founder, Mike Aamoth gets a thumbs up after the Friday night reception from long-time customer, David Braslau.

Katie with customers at the Friday night reception.

Friday night reception.

Friday night reception.

 

Friday night reception.

Eric thanks a customer after work in the repair shop.

Our first customer during the celebration on Friday!! Jessica with her friend and oboist, Siri Garnaas

Friday was repair technician, Matt Reich's birthday! We surprised him with a cake.

Julie Gramolini William, Chris Marshall, and Greg Williams, of the MN Orchestra during their trio performance
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