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 Post subject: Thumb rest ideas?
PostPosted: Mon Oct 29, 2018 8:03 am 
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Playing high D whistle, I've never felt the need for a thumb rest or additional way to support the whistle, However, lately I've mostly been playing my big bore Bb from Roy McManus and it can be tricky to keep a good hold on it. Does anyone have suggestions for adding a thumb rest for support? I wondered if maybe one of the Susato low whistle thumb rests might work, but don't have one handy. I could post the dimensions of the whistle (circumference). If I knew which one/size might work, I'd order one. I'm also not sure if there are other instrument thumb rest / support devices on the market I might be able to adapt.

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 29, 2018 8:16 am 
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Oboe thumb rest

Recorder thumb rests

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 29, 2018 10:18 am 
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Bretton wrote:
I'm also not sure if there are other instrument support devices on the market I might be able to adapt.Thanks!
-Brett


Saxophone strap, name card strap. A hook can made from a plastic coated shirt hanger.
Here is a link with several Ideas.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 29, 2018 10:52 am 
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I tried a couple of different commercial thumb rests without much success.

Now my low D whistles all have a fat O-ring above the bottom two holes. Surprisingly, it does not get in the way of fingering and it gives just enough extra support. I doubt this would work for something heaver than aluminum bodies.

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 29, 2018 3:45 pm 
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Thanks everyone!

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 04, 2018 12:44 pm 
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I've been using clarinet thumb rests, and some heavy duty double stick tape.

The thumb rest are readily available at music shops/ebay. The double stick tape does need to be replaced every six months or so, but it only takes a couple of minutes to accomplish.

You can also buy rubber pads to fit the thumb rests if you want maximum comfort.

I have both brass and aluminum low whistles...works a treat. :thumbsup:

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 06, 2018 10:15 pm 
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I've done something sort of like the O ring. I have used a silicone wedding ring. I get a fairly big size depending on the whistle. They stretch on and don't mar the whistle and give you just enough of a bump to defeat gravity.


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