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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000222.txt from 1999/01

From: Bill Hausmann <bhausman@-----.com>
Subj: Re: [kl] neck strap
Date: Thu, 7 Jan 1999 07:02:06 -0500

At 12:22 AM 1/7/99 -0500, you wrote:
>Hello everyone,
>I am currently using a Claricord neck strap, however, it has seemed to
>stop working. I can only play for about a half an hour and then I find
>that I can barely hold my clarinet. I don't know if it is just me or if
>my neck strap has lost its elasticity. I am more inclined to believe
>the latter. I have been to see my doctor who told me that I have a
>Repetitive Stress injury a.k.a. overuse syndrome. He told me to rest,
>take some anti-inflammatory medication and to wear wrist braces. I am
>reluctantly resting because I don't want to do further damage, but I have
>wind ensemble seating auditions when I go back to school in 3 weeks. I
>am thinking that I should buy a new neck strap so that I can practice
>with less pain and stress on my wrists. I was wondering if anyone has
>tried the BG neck straps. I don't know if I should get another elastic
>strap and hope that it lasts longer than my claricord(I have had it less
>than a year) or if I should get the regular one. I also don't know if I
>should get the one that attaches to the thumb rest or if I should get the
>one that fits around the ring of the lower joint. I am not completely
>convinced that I want to put a ring on my clarinet considering that I
>wouldn't even put a lyre on my clarinet for its safety. I would
>appreciate any advice anyone has to offer and experiences that anyone
>could tell me about. Thank you in advance.
>
It's hard to tell. Probably some of both. Elastic will strech some. Just
cinch it up tighter with the velcro (Claricord).

Bill Hausmann bhausman@-----.com
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