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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We've moved and are open for business!!!!

We are extremely happy to announce that we have moved to our new location and most importantly, WE ARE OPEN FOR BUSINESS!!!!!!  Please visit us at:  1621 E. Hennepin Ave., Ste. 100, Minneapolis, MN 55414. (Only two blocks away from our old location!) Our email and phone contacts have not changed.

If arriving by car, take East Hennepin to 16th Ave SE, and park either on 16th Ave SE (it's a dead end), or the parking lot across from the west entrance on 16th.  If needed, there is a ramp located at the back of the building at the main entrance.  Please call us with questions. We are located in the southwest corner of the Fisk building, at the corner of 16th Ave SE and E. Hennepin Ave.

The new space is much larger than our old and includes a recital hall!  Our repair dept. and the retail shopping area have been expanded.  Below are some photos.  We can't wait to welcome you in the store!

20170110_100734 Our new shopping area

20170110_100833The brand new recital hall!  Watch for upcoming events!!

20170110_101010The repair staff (minus Allen) in the new repair shop!  L-R , Eric, Caleb, Ginny, Matt and Coda in the front!

20170110_121359Sales staff in the new sales area! L-R Jeff, Steven, Jessica, Katie, Brandon, Tori.

We thank you for your patience over the new year as we were closed and completed our move.  Please stop by and say hello when you are in the area!  We'd love to give you a personal tour! =)

Best wishes from all of us at MMI!
Jessica, Jeff, Steven, Katie, Brandon, Tori, Eric, Ginny, Matt, Caleb and Allen

New Marigaux Oboes & English horns

We now have a new selection of Marigaux 2001s, 901s, & English horns in stock and available for trials.  These instruments are just in from Paris and are truly wonderful!  If you've ever been interested in trying the Marigaux instruments, now is the time to set up a trial.  With our July shipping rebate, your shipping charges can be applied toward the purchase of one of these fantastic horns!

Marigaux 2001 -

Marigaux2001aSemi-automatic, grenadilla wood, silverplated keys.

  •  *Extended G key, G# and long F keys re- designed (more ergonomical)
  •  *Adjustable thumb-rest
  •  *Adjustment screw which lowers D ring to facilitate D to G slide (top octave)
  •  *Right hand little finger: C, C#, Eb re-designed; C, C# slide facilitated
  •  *Pads: low register 3 pads (B,C,D) made of white leather to prevent buzzing
  •  *Re-shaped bell

 

Marigaux 901 -

Semi-automatic, grenadilla wood, silverplated keys.
The very heart and essence of Marigaux manufacture, the original sound according  to Mr. Jules Marigaux’s standard.

901

  • Wood rigorously selected, dried during at least four years
  •  A traditional manufacture, true to the excellent reputation of French      craftsmanship.
  •  A much easier and sharper low register(double correspondence on the bell).
  •  A high register which is even and direct.
  • An excellent orchestral oboe played by the greatest ensembles worldwide.
  • 3rd octave key, double F key

English Horn (model 930) -

 

Semi-automatic,grenadilla wood,silverplated keys.

marigauxEH

  • Wood rigorously selected dried during at least four years
  • A traditional manufacture, true to the excellent reputation of French craftsmanship
  • A new bore and new design of crook, entirely hand made
  • A direct and flexible low register
  • A high register rich in harmonics
  • Keywork similar to that of an oboe so as to help the player who frequently uses both instruments
  • A very comfortable distance between keys

 

For trial information and availability, contact Jeff or Steven in the oboe department at 800.926.5587.

Bassoon and Bassoon Bocal Selection Procedures

If you've been here before, you might have seen this post discussing the various bassoon options that Midwest Musical Imports has available. You might have been looking to upgrade your bocal and found this information on Heckel bocals. But if you're buying for the first time, or upgrading to something new, you might not know for sure how to best make a selection from the choices you are given. Even if you have decided to try a Heckel CC1n bocal, or a Fox professional model bassoon, each bocal and instrument is a bit different and unique. So how do you choose? What process can you use to organize your thoughts and make a satisfactory choice that you know you'll be happy with for years go come? Here are my personal suggestions on methods for testing and selecting an instrument or a bocal to go with an instrument. Read More...