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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000707.txt from 1998/03

From: "Jason Hsien" <jasonavhs@-----.com>
Subj: Re: NeckStraps
Date: Wed, 11 Mar 1998 20:09:41 -0500

-----Original Message-----
From: Karena S <south_park7@-----.com>

|I'm only a kid, but I don't really get the point of a neckstrap on a
|soprano. I play the alto clarinet and my soprano is such a relief to
|switch to. Comparatively, the weight is a huge diffferance on your
|thumb. I was playing the alto for over 4 hours and by the time I was
|done, my thumb was all red. If it was my soprano, I wouldn't have
|minded. my point is I think neckstraps on sopranos are for weaklings
|or wusses.

Karena,

Okay, I am also just a kid (high school one, but a kid nonetheless). I have
this callous <sp?> on my thumb from the clarinet and it is very painful when
I play the soprano clarinet, and it is such a relief to be able for ME to go
back to bass clarinet because I have a peg there.

Also, some professional (and even non-professionals) have tendonitis or
other stuff with their hands, and a clarinet neck strap really helps.

So, okay... we who need neckstraps may be wusses. We may be weaklings. But
at least we'll be able to keep on playing.

Jason Hsien
Student, Amador Valley High School
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