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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000791.txt from 1997/09

From: Gary Young <>
Subj: RE: Thumbrests & neck straps
Date: Tue, 16 Sep 1997 03:02:51 -0400


Are you using a thumb rest cushion? I like the Yamaha, with an off-center
slot for the thumb rest, so you have two thicknesses. This might well not
solve the problem, but at $6.75 (IMS) it's a cheaper solution than the
Kooiman, so you might try it out first.

Good luck,

Gary Young
Madison, Wisconsin

From: Mark Charette[]
Subject: Thumbrests & neck straps

I'm experiencing numbness in my right thumb after an hour
or so of practice (it's been getting a little worse recently),
but no pain.

I'm thinking of
1) using a neckstrap to take the strain off of my thumb
2) using a Bay adjustable thumbrest (I tried one out at
ClarinetFest and it *seemed* comfortable
3) using a Kooiman thumbrest

I figure the numbness is telling me something (I'm probably
compressing a nerve in there) and I don't want to have any
physical problems, especially since I'm a beginner on the

We've had discussions on neckstraps previously, along with
Kooiman thumbrest recently. Any real-life experiences with the

Money for the equipment isn't a real object; I value my
health more than my wallet (and my medical insurance
deductable for hand surgery is more than the Kooiman would
Mark Charette "How can you be in two places at once when you're not anywhere at all?" - Firesign Theater

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