Klarinet Archive - Posting 000633.txt from 1997/09
From: "Leo van Zantvoort" <leovz@-----.nl>
Subj: Re: Kooiman
Date: Fri, 12 Sep 1997 17:11:42 -0400
Yes, I have experienced the Tom Kooiman Thumbrest... It is a nice innovation... as a repairman I placed
one an instrument of a student. But before that I tried it for 14 days by myself... From the thumbs point of
view (who did not want such a thumb :-) it is nice, but from playing... It tends to unbalance the instrument! It
took me quite a while to adjust to that anomaly!
I don't use it any more, because my main occupation is playing the baskl...
On Thu, 11 Sep 1997 15:55:41 -0400, klarinet-digest wrote:
>Date: Thu, 11 Sep 1997 14:44:46 +0000 (GMT)
>From: "Steven Gordon, M.D. 729 X3151" <GORDONST@-----.org>
> A search of the archives reveals no entries concerning the Tom Kooiman
> universal adjustable thumbrest. It looks brilliant from the standpoint
> of physics and anatomy (eg., ergonomics). Does anyone use this? Or do
> you have students who do? Is it like other major innovations that have
> difficulty going mainstream because of cost or the natural resistance of
> musicians to change (clarinets and other baroque/classical instruments
> seem to mutate much more slowly than any other engineered product)
> Sharing of any personal or second hand experiences would be greatly
> Thanks in advance
> Steve Gordon M.D.
> Beaverton, OR
> "Internal Medicine is only a convenient way to support my clarinet
> habit - would like to give up night call though!"