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 adjustable thumbrest?
Author: maureen bleiman 
Date:   1999-08-28 22:09

my daughter is moving up from her e-13 to the r-13,we have looked in 2 shops,in one there was an adjustable thumbrest.Is this a new addition to more recent models.However the one she has home on approval(serial no 446921) doesnt,can anyone give any info on this?many thanks,maureen

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 RE: adjustable thumbrest?
Author: Al 
Date:   1999-08-28 22:13

There is s a set screw which allows one to adjust the position. However, once one adjusts it, is quite unlikely that one will fuss with it much again.

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 RE: adjustable thumbrest?
Author: Sara 
Date:   1999-08-29 03:29

I have one on my new festival, it's okay to have I guess, since I have short fingers. I think their a recent addition to the Buffets. My friend just got a new E11 and hers has an ajustable thumbrest too. Good luck with your daughter's R13 I'm sure she'll like the results!

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 RE: adjustable thumbrest?
Author: Daniel 
Date:   1999-08-29 06:14

The ones on the Festivals and Prestiges are nice than the ones on the new E-11's and R-13's. About 6 years ago i had the same thumbrest as those on my R-13. The new ones on the new R-13's and E-11 are very clumsy. Not well made in my opinion.

While i think adjustable thumbrests are much nicer to have than stationary ones, i'd prefer the stationary over the new ones Buffet is putting out.

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 RE: adjustable thumbrest?
Author: HIROSHI 
Date:   1999-08-29 16:23

Adjustableness made me annoyed too. My hand is veery small and my shorr finger of course. Then I asked a repairaman to shift the post upward. He rejected since it makes bad things to joint betwwwn upper and lowoe.
Then I found alernative fingering using right hand rittle finger sometimes works. I think this things make your us adjust clumsiness.

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 RE: adjustable thumbrest?
Author: William Fuller 
Date:   1999-08-29 17:04

I think that it is more important to pick the instrument that plays the best for you. You can always have an adjustable thumb rest added to any instrument that you choose. I had adj. thumb rests made by Charles Bay added to my LeBlanc Concertos by my local repair person and they work just great. (and I do change the positions from time to time)

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 RE: adjustable thumbrest?
Author: Don Berger 
Date:   1999-08-29 17:54

We had an active set of posts not long back here. I discovered that to buy a put-on one would be quite expensive [here] and opted for just turning my present TR upside-down and using a sponge-rubber thumb-saver to accommodate the curvature. Works fine for me [in experimental fashion] Don

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 RE: adjustable thumbrest?
Author: Keil 
Date:   1999-08-30 13:05

I just got a brand new R-13 and the adjustable thumbrest on it is not a set screw and the thumb rest itself is much larger, more spread out, i love it. N-E-Wayzzz it has a sort of graspable( if that's a word) screw that doesn't require a screwdriver, just ones hands!

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 RE: adjustable thumbrest?
Author: paul 
Date:   1999-08-31 14:25

My Festival (circa 1994 production year model) has an adjustable TR on it, screw and slide model. Tried a couple of slightly different positions and came back to the factory setting. Seemed to be okay right there for me (95th percentile size hands/fingers, a.k.a. "very average"). Saw that the screw started to weaken some a few days later, sliding entire horn on the TR slide to the stop. Took it back to the repair shop to "size" the TR setting for me (again, very close to factory location) and have the screw gently torqued to stay there. Never messed with it since. Now, the factory furnished lamb's wool pad is starting to slide around on what little glue is left. Eventually will have to reglue this back in place. Don't see this as a significant event when it happens.

Lessons learned include:
1. If it ain't broke, don't fix it. Don't even adjust it.
2. Adjustable TRs (IMHO) are nice, but once it works out for your hands, leave them alone.
3. Torque and glue the screw if you must to keep it in its place.

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 RE: adjustable thumbrest?
Author: Mark Charette 
Date:   1999-08-31 15:18

paul wrote:
2. Adjustable TRs (IMHO) are nice, but once it works out for your hands, leave them alone.
IMHO, Selmer's design (on my 10G) is far superior to Buffet's design. A big screw holding a U channel thumbrest into a plate. You can really torque the holding screw down without damaging anything.

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