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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000723.txt from 1998/03

From: Bill Hausmann <>
Subj: Re: NeckStraps
Date: Wed, 11 Mar 1998 22:12:24 -0500

At 04:02 PM 3/11/98 -0800, Karena S wrote:
>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.
Are you saying that you were playing alto clarinet 4 hours a day WITHOUT a
neck strap? What sadistic director/instructor sentenced you to do that?
The instrument is DESIGNED to be played with a strap. You are flirting
with serious thumb or wrist damage!

Bill Hausmann
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