Mike Dowler Royal Northern College of Music

Dear Ton,

Thanks for this… I have found the site and very interesting it is too!

But, I have also bought a Forza and it is really excellent. I shall be showing it off to my students and the other professors at Royal Northern College of Music and can’t believe that you won’t receive a few more orders!

The effect of the Forza on tenor is slightly different to soprano. On tenor it is simply more comfortable and perhaps I will lose the callous that has been with me for 25 years! On soprano, I find myself pushing downwards and forwards rather than upwards and forwards. I studied engineering at university and some of the vector analysis (resolution of forces etc) would be useful to further your research. The force needed to support the sax has two components, one forward and one upwards. But depending on the angle of the sling, the upwards force (which does the damage to the thumb) can be passed to the sling rather than the thumb. I can’t remember too much detail but its an area for investigation.

Finally your thumb rest is beautifully made!

So I am just about to place an order for a second one so that I don’t have to keep changing them!

Well done!

Best wishes