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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000749.txt from 1998/03

From: "Justin Wood" <>
Subj: Re: NeckStraps
Date: Thu, 12 Mar 1998 07:21:16 -0500

When I play alto clarinet I find it easier to balance the instrument with a
neck strap. I don't believe the use of a neckstrap makes anybody a "wuss".
Besides, why does it matter? If it helps you to play your best, then
everybody else's opinions do not matter.

-----Original Message-----
From: Jason Hsien <>
Date: Wednesday, March 11, 1998 7:54 PM
Subject: Re: NeckStraps

>-----Original Message-----
>From: Karena S <>
>|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.
>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
>I play the soprano clarinet, and it is such a relief to be able for ME to
>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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