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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000464.txt from 2001/04

From: "David B. Niethamer" <>
Subj: re: [kl] Right Hand Thumb Position
Date: Thu, 19 Apr 2001 21:13:43 -0400

on 4/17/01 9:40 AM, Will Cicola wrote:

>I got a Kooiman thumb rest from the Woodwind and brasswind and
>have been playing pain-free ever since. It's a bit pricey ($150, I believe)
>and needs a repairman to install the plate it attaches to, but once you get
>used to it (only takes a couple days), it feels great! I don't think it's an
>understatement to say this saved my clarinet career.

I've just recently installed the Kooiman thumb rest on my clarinets. I
was ready to have them removed when I showed them to a physical therapist
who works with hands and arms. She showed me how to position it optimally
for my hand, and it now feels great. Much less stress on the right hand
from holding the instrument, and the fingers of the right hand seem to be
moving more freely. The PT pronounced the Kooiman to be the best
engineered solution to the thumb problem that she's ever seen.



David Niethamer
Principal Clarinet, Richmond Symphony

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