Tired hands from playing the clarinet or the oboe and supporting its weight on your thumb? The Ton Kooiman series of thumb rests might be the solution to all your problems!
The Etude3 is a light weight thumb rest for clarinet and oboe made out of durable plastics. The Etude enhances the freedom of playing, faster and easier movement of the ring- and little finger, and prevents fatigue of the thumb and hand. It gives you a sense of control and a firm grip on your instrument.
The Etude makes it possible to move 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 your playing technique.
- The Etude3 has a new metal hook covered with soft rubber and a casing with improved ergonomics.
- The hook is adjustable in height as well.
There are several hidden features to improve the physical strength of the design, such as better materials and a redesign of the dove tail slide and mounting slide.
The use of the Etude invites you into a new way of supporting your instrument! Instead of “hanging in the tendons”, the musician will now support the instrument in an “active” way! The thumb is placed higher and is either straight or slightly bent. The result is a natural and individual posture.
It will take only a short time to get accustomed and to make it your new way of life (in terms of clarinet playing, anyway). When you pull the muscle on the inside of the thumb, the thumb will bend a little. This is most essential and will ensure that you make good contact with the thumb rest hook.
The Ton Kooiman thumb rests carry a 2 year warranty and come supplied with a manual in the box.