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KOOIMAN THUMB RESTSWHY THESE NEW THUMB RESTS?This universally adjustable thumb rest makes it possible to put the pressure point of the thumb rest fro...Click To Read More About This Product
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KOOIMAN THUMB RESTS
WHY THESE NEW THUMB RESTS?
This universally adjustable thumb rest makes it possible to put the pressure point of the thumb rest from the first phalanx of the thumb to the space between the two joints. The lever momentum is much smaller at this point so the thumb can support the weight more easily. Much of the energy used for supporting the weight then becomes available for handling the instrument, and can be used to improve control and speed up playing technique.HOW IT WORKS
In order to achieve a relaxed posture of the hand, the Kooiman thumb rests are movable in all directions and can be adjusted to suit the anatomy each individual musician's thumb and hand. A direct and positive effect on the freedom of movement of the entire hand (and especially of the ring finger and little finger) will be gained by the improved position of the thumb in relation to the instrument. This is achieved by means of a hollow-shaped casing that can be adjusted from left to right (Maestro), or by means of a hollow-shaped casing that is raised at a certain angle (Etude). In this way the hand is allowed to "open" and, as a result, will be more relaxed. From now on, inflammation of the tendons or fatigue in hand, arm or neck may be easily prevented.
- Reduce stress to wrist and thumb.
- Allow fingers of the right hand much greater range of motion.
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I returned to clarinet after 30 years now playing in a community big band. I have tried a number of thumbrests including adjustable ones (and neck straps) never being able to play for more than 1/2 hour at a time without pain in my thumb, wrist and arm. Then I had a technician install the Maestro Kooiman Professional thumbrest and I was able to play two hours immediately with no pain and no strap! The important thing is to have an expert technican install it and initially adjust it for you. He will also show you all the many different ways you can readjust it if necessary. It slides off your clarinet quite easily and fits nicely in the extra space in your clarinet case or its own case that comes with it. The craftmanship of this thumbrest is superb, has a lifetime warranty, and worth every dollar you pay for it. If you play for long periods of a time or experience any kind of pain while playing then I highly recommend you make the investment. Do not confuse this one with the Etude II model.
For reasons noted in the previous review, I purchased the Etude model. It worked fine but the thumb saddle broke with use. Although obviously a replaceable part, Kooiman refused to even answer my inquiry. I was forced to buy another one which was entirely different and not capable of being formed to fit my thumb. At this point I bought the Professional model. It was difficult to place properly (even with the help of very experienced technician). The adjustment of the actual thumb support of the Pro model turned into a nightmare. I would make an adjustment that seemed to work one day only to find it was not comfortable the next day. After six months of trying to make it work and provide comfort I gave up. I believe I gave it a very fair trial in that I practice at least one hour each day and at the time was playing four gigs a week. I do believe the Etude model, if they had not modified it to make it stronger would have worked well for me for many years. I now use another type of support but will not discuss it here. My biggest disappointment was the lack of response from the manufacturer of the Kooiman thumb rests.
THE ETUDE MODEL WAS A WONDERFULL CHOICE FOR ME! An immediate difference was felt on balance and handling. My confidence soared, as I have carpal tunnel in both wrists. I also suffer from arthritis as i have carpal tunnel in both wrists. I'm 69 years old and I suffer from arthritis but the Ton Kooiman Professional Thumb Rest really does "make all the pain GO Away!" This is an excellent choice for both beginners and professionals. RJ MEACHAM
I have over used my right thumb by playing clarinet, sewing using scissors and such for a very long time and now have developed some arthritis in it. I have been searching for something to help me with the pain and have tried neck straps, soft thumb rest covers and lately a hand and thumb brace. I saw the mistro and decided to give it a try. I had it installed by a very good tec. He fitted it to my hand. Now my clarinet fits me perfectly! I was amazed how much it helps. I can play for longer times with minimal pain in my thumb, wrist, arm and shoulder. I have large hands and the mistro allows me to play with my hand in a more comfortable, wider open position. It attached permanently to my instrument with three tiny screws. The main part of the thumb rest slides off for easy storage in my case. If you play with thumb hand and wrist pain like I have for some time, I HIGHLY recommend this gadget. I thought it would take a while to get used to it but I was amazed how comfortable it was for me right from the beginning. I do recommend taking it to a highly skilled technician and having it fitted for you. It needs to be someone who has experience in drilling holes in a clarinet without boring all the way through. It comes with detailed instructions. There are several adjustment places and included, an allen wrench. I tweaked the fitting a bit on my own after playing a couple of weeks, but I am sure I would have had a difficult time making the original fitting it myself.