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 Re: Buffet Thumbrest Too Low
Author: John J. Moses 
Date:   2003-03-20 13:18

Hi Ron Jr.
I have two suggestions to thumb rest position problems:
First: Take off you current thumb rest. Put your hands in a comfortable position on the clarinet, left hand will be the same as always, your right hand should fall into a comfortable, natural position. Your right thumb will probably be higher than the holes left by the old thumb rest. If you then mark this comfortable thumb spot at the higher point; glue, paste, or tape the old thumb rest just above that spot. The new spot can then be tested by actually playing the clarinet for a while, with the rest temporarily in the new place.
My thumb rest has been moved up exactly 1", a little more on my A clarinet. All my students have found their own special thumb rest spots with this method, and none of them complain about hand problems any more.
Do get a competent repair person to do the drilling of the new thumb rest holes. It does not adversely affect the clarinet in any way, it only improves the comfort and flexibility.
Second: Find a good, well made, after-market thumb rest you like. I use one made by Loree, the French oboe maker, for English Horn. It's wider, and beautifully shaped to broadly fit the thumb. Go with any brand you find comfortable, but put away the silly little Buffet, Selmer, Yamaha, etc., one that comes with the new clarinets.
I made this change 25 years ago, and I have no hand problems, even playing 4-8 hours a day professionally, every day. Eddie Daniels and I discovered the Loree "Dutch" thumb rest just by accident, and we both loved it immediately. I believe he still uses it also on some of his many clarinets.
Good luck,

JJM
Légère Artist
Clark W. Fobes Artist

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