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Paul Warner

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My Rheumatoid Arthritis gives me problems nowadays, particularly with wrist/finger articulation on the bottom notes with the right hand. I`ve stuck bits onto keys and slanted my bari thumbrest as far as it will go, but for extended work around those bottom notes life can get pretty painful. How I suffer for my art!
Then I recalled that I replaced the RH thumbrest on my bass clarinet with a device (called a Thooman or something?) which allowed greater support and playing comfort. Does anyone know if a similar adjustable replacement exists for the barisax????:confused:
 

Jazzaferri

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Being cheap I used the silicone and corn starch version. My poor ld alto has extensions on side Bb and C and all the palm keys.

Made a comfy landing place for rleft thumb.
 

milandro

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try the saxholder, it takes so much weight from everything else that the weight on the right thumb becomes significantly less and if you adjust the cord properly practically non existent . Also most of us use the thumbrest on the first phalanx but try it on the second phalanx this might help.
 

Paul Warner

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try the saxholder, it takes so much weight from everything else that the weight on the right thumb becomes significantly less and if you adjust the cord properly practically non existent . Also most of us use the thumbrest on the first phalanx but try it on the second phalanx this might help.
Thanks Milandro. Have tried everything within the normal setup. Unfortunately the problem seems based upon the relationship of the thumb, as pivot point, to the rest of the hand and fingers. What needs to be changed is the location of the thumb i.e. a variable rest! That`s why I feel the rest referred to above might be the answer. I don`t have the range of easy movement I used to have. I will look into your suggestion, though.
 

milandro

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please try the saxholder if you have the opportunity to do so. I was just playing today and noticed that I wasn’t holding the sax using my thumb at all and it just gave direction to the movements of the saxophone but carried no weight.
 

Paul Warner

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Does it allow you to play standing up, Milandro?
please try the saxholder if you have the opportunity to do so. I was just playing today and noticed that I wasn’t holding the sax using my thumb at all and it just gave direction to the movements of the saxophone but carried no weight.
 

Paul Warner

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Thanks, Milandro. I`ve just been looking at the reviews and find it verrryyy interesting. Might give it a try. Can`t do any harm, and it sounds a lot more comfortable than my harness, which always slips out of adjustment whilst I`m playing. Could be a good one, my man! Thanks again.
 

Jazzaferri

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I gOt a SaxHolder several months ago and while I still use my joes gel strap for concerts as it doesn't lump up my jacket, I love the weightless control of the SaxHolderand use it most of the time.

The only thing my right thumb does is provide something for my right fingers to push against
 

jazzsaxman

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Hi All.
I bought one a St Andrews last week and I can only say I,m very inpressed with it. Apart from the weight being taken off your neck I find the low angle of the strap gives me much more freedom and control of the sax. It does feel so much better without the weight on you neck and I think it makes it much easier to get a better angle of your mouth to mouthpiece and airflow easier. I would go as far to say that I feel much more comfortable with the weight and angle and I feel it has helped with my playing, I think because there is less weight on my thumbs. I was practising today and my fingers were smokin. I,m a fan. Ric
 

daveysaxboy

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Get 1 of these from ebay.Guy is a sax player in Poland and he hand makes these so there very comfy and slick.I have 4 now for my sop,alto,bari and tenor.I also have a musicmedic type 1 but this guys thumbrests are much more shaped for your thumb.Great price also.
 

milandro

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Get 1 of these from ebay.Guy is a sax player in Poland and he hand makes these so there very comfy and slick.I have 4 now for my sop,alto,bari and tenor.I also have a musicmedic type 1 but this guys thumbrests are much more shaped for your thumb.Great price also.
and the address of the seller and price of these devices is?
 
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