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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000222.txt from 1999/01

From: Bill Hausmann <>
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
451 Old Orchard Drive
Essexville, MI 48732
ICQ UIN 4862265

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