I own 2 of your prima rests for flute and LOVE them !!!!...I have an alto flute that is begging for prima type rest..can you help me? I have an arthritic thumb from an injury and need an adaptive aid for alto...
Beste meneer Kooiman,
Al een jaar of 10 ben ik in het bezit van uw Kooiman steun en heb daar veel plezier van.
Ik krijg door mijn contact met andere hoboïsten zeer veel vragen over de Kooiman steun en heb al een redelijk aantal weten te overtuigen om uw steun aan te schaffen.
Christopher Bouwman (solo hoboïst van de opera van Valencia)
I have one of your flute thumb rests and it has helped me quite a bit-I have focal dystonia. I would like to purchase another thumb rest with some extra plastic connecting straps and plastic rubber cushions.What is the best way to order and pay-I'm in USA-New York City. Thank you.
I bought a Maestro about four months ago and I'm more than happy with it. I've been a pianist for 40 odd years and have always played clarinet but found that the strain on my thumb affected the piano, especially when playing fast "showoff" concert pieces.
Thanks to you that worry is a thing of the past, I'm now learning "showoff" clarinet pieces.
Hello Mr. Kooiman,
I have been using your clarinet Etude model for years
and it has saved me a lot of wrist pain. Now I am
playing a lot of flute and saxophone and having more
pain, and I would love to try your products for these instruments as well. Adrienne
I have recently bought a prima flute thumb rest and i had to tell you that I was very impressed with the item, and the way it eased my right hand completely.
it gave much more flexibility in my fingers, took the strain away from my thumb and wrist, and also prevented very much the flute tipping in towards me, especially with fast scale runs.
Ik heb de Etude2 ontvangen en direct op mijn klarinet gemonteerd. Ik ben heel erg enthousiast, de steun is veel steviger en voelt ook veel prettiger aan door het rubberen polster. Het is ook fijn dat hij beweegbaar is. Al met al ben ik onder de indruk van zowel het product en niet in de laatste plaats, in de uitmuntende service!!!
Hartelijke groeten, Monique
I hope this note finds you well.
A few words of praise for your Etude Thumb Rest. I am a 58 year old just beginning Clarinet and have arthritis in my upper thumb joint ( the first joint right under the thumb nail ). After 15 minutes of practice that joint on my right thumb gets swollen and develops a painful and highly visual bump. I have tried pads and other thumb rests but they do not help and the only relief is to stop playing for 2-3 days until the bump has gone down.
I was on my 2nd day of down time when the Etude Thumb Rest arrived. As I put down my Clarinet to write this note I have now been playing 2 days with a total of 6hrs practice time and there is no swelling or bump at all! I am now supporting the weight with my hand not just the end of my thumb what a relief. My whole hand is more relaxed and I am no longer doubtful that I can continue my Clarinet playing.
The Etude is an excellent invention! I can't wait to see what other things you have under development. Thank you very much.
Look, as an older new clarinet student, I found the Etude ( a hook
to rest the clarinet on my thumb with no pain on the rest of my arm as it
happened when I started last year and my local teacher said when I
complained: it hurts!. He said: Oh, I just had forgotten that in the
beginning it really hurts!). So, fortunately, I discovered the Etude.
I sound like a TV show, but this was so for me. I believe that many
musicians to be, face a stage of body pain: guitarist the tip of the
fingers, clarinetist, the elbow and forearm, harmonicist, lips, and tongue.
Etc. (Those are my lifetime three instruments I have attempted to learn).
So, the ETUDE, solves for clarinet pain.
Thank you very much for sending two new Etude Thumb Rests. Im very happy with them. They are a great help to me. I can only recommend them to other players!
Thank you again for this great service.
Kind regards, Hans
I have received the thumb rest. I have used it for about two weeks. So far I am impressed. I have much less fatigue in my right hand. I just finished four 2 1/2 hour recording sessions without any right-hand fatigue! The other flutists were very curious about this product. I will forward your e-mail address to them if it is OK
Again, thank you for sending this product. I will put in a good word to other flutists in the area.
Thank you so much for taking the time to answer my letter. I cannot tell you what a difference your thumb rest has made for my playing! Please send the mounting slide to:
Hoe gaat het. Ik heb een hoofdstukje over jou duimsteun op mijn website gezet. Alle kleine beetje helpen. Ik ben nog steeds zeer tevreden over de duimsteun.
Met vriendelijke groet,
Johan van der Linden
visit my website!www.johanvanderlinden.nl
Dear Mr. Kooiman,
Now that I have had an opportunity to use the
new parts to your thumb rest, I think I can speak to its effectiveness.
Both the new thumb "casing" and the padded thumb "plateau"
provide a better "fit" for my hand.My hand "posture"
feels more natural. Making the clarinet feel more
apart of the hand or an extension of.
It is a definite improvement making it easier to "set-up" and get use to.
Thank you very much!
Kooiman flute head joints.....
I´m very happy with the headjoint! We are doing the Concerto in D for harpsicord and small ensemble by Falla, and it works very very good! it blends amazingly with the rest of woodwind instruments and has many possibility for colours...
I wish you merry christmas and a happy new year!
Thank you !!!! I received the part intact this morning. Thank you for top quality customer care!! I will certainly keep recommending you to all my fluttie friends!
All the best
Begin maart hebt u twee duimsteunen op mijn instrumenten geplaatst. De aanpassing is zéér vlot verlopen. Telkens als ik in de les een hobo van een leerling bespeel (ter controle) weet en voel ik dat ik niet meer zonder die duimsteun kan.Mijn duim is niet genezen, volgende week volgt er zelfs een kleine operatieve ingreep. Maar tot hiertoe heb ik steeds zonder pijn kunnen spelen.
Nogmaals mijn allerhartelijkste dank.
Marcel, Stedelijk Muziekconservatorium Hasselt
ik wil je laten weten dat ik weer heerlijk kan spelen op mijn bas
hij doet het weer als vanouds
met vriendelijke groet,
By the way, I think like the thumb rests are great. They
make a huge difference. Not just just for finger technique, but for lifting
the clarinet into the embouchure. I couldn't do that before; it's a
powerful thing for the clarinet tone.
I received the replacement Etude thumbrests yesterday, and I thank you
for your prompt and efficient response. Your response exemplifies what
good customer service should be.
Thank you, Matt
Dear Mr. Kooiman,
I wrote to you a couple of years ago concerning my daughter, Sarah, who had severe tendon problems from playing the clarinet. After weeks of not playing, and having physical therapy, she began playing again, this time using your Maestro thumb rest. It has been wonderful, and we have had absolutely no problems since! We bought a second (Etude) for our spare clarinet, and now we have bought a third (Maestro) thumb rest for our newest R13 Buffet clarinet.
Thank you again for sending me the Prima Flute Thumb Rest.
It is helping tremendously. I was also able to rehearse today for
almost 2 hours with no discomfort in my thumb.
It is enabling me to play my master's recital with comfort instead
Thank you, Natalie.
I have fitted a thumbrest to my clarinet. The result is amazing: it is now much easier to control my instrument (especially if I move between notes that are below and above the break) The right hand feels a bit odd (because of the "thicker" dimensions), but I am sure that within a few days I will not notice it any more.Thanks again for the thumbrests!
Dear Ton, I have bought your Etude thumb rest and it has solved all my problems! I just wished to have a try but I really didn't believe it would had taken away all my difficulties. My congratulations!
I am well satisfied and find the maestro very comfortable. It didn't really take very long to adjust it to suit my hand. If ever I find I can afford a new C clarinet, I'll come back to you for another mounting plate.
The thumb rest has arrived safely. It is now fitted and once again made
clarinet playing a pleasure. Very many thanks.
Kind regards from a happy & satisfied customer.
I installed your Maestro's plates on my oboe and English horn using the two existing thumb holes. I then used the adjustment screw to hold the EH rest lower. It feel pretty good, and I've already seen where I need to practice my scales as they flow much easier and I don't have to compensate for the horn movement I used to have. Has stopped the hiccups on tonguing scales. I agree I will need to purchase another rest for the EH as I can't change rests and put the reed on the EH in a timely manner I will call Forest's and tell them to order one for their stock and get me another. Stephen Copland is the guilty party for showing your attachment at the Fresno State Double Reed Day
Thank you for your help, Jay.
zo maar even mijn bevindingen. (na de drukte van een nieuwjaarsconcert
gisterenavond nu weer even de tijd voor andere dingen):
De etude -2 speelt voor mij nog een stuk fijner. Op de één of andere manier
hield ik altijd last van een wat bewegende klarinet tijdens het spelen. Al
bij de eerste paar maten merkte ik dat de klarinet met de nieuwe steun
minder wegdraait als ik minder vingers op de kleppen heb.
Wat mij betreft dus helemaal goed met die veranderingen.
Zo jammer dat niet heel klarinetspelend Nederland dit weet..., Ik merk in
mijn omgeving dat mensen denken dat je gehandicapt moet zijn voor je over
gaat op het spelen met de etudesteun.
In plaats dat u het instrument passief in de banden/pezen van uw duim en
hand laat hangen zult u het instrument nu actief gaan dragen. Waarbij de
kracht verdeelt wordt over meer spieren en pezen en ook onder een andere
hoek terwijl u ook nog een extra steunpunt heeft in de holle uitsparing van
de kast (U draagt daar echter niet).
Saskia van Andel.
wat is jouw duimsteun toch goed Ton !!
Mijn Buffet heeft echt een hele nieuwe "feel " ik kan nu ineens dingen die ik voorheen
een tikje lastig vond veel beter. Pure ontspanning en een gevoel van meer controle.
Die steun is ook redelijk breed en groot waardoor je hele rechterhand een stabieler gevoel heeft. Niets dan lof !
groeten, Sander Beumer
I have been using your products for years and just recently completed my collection so that I now own the clarinet, flute and saxophone thumb rests. Your products have made such a difference in my playing as I am recovering from tendosynovitis and don't know how else I would be able to continue playing.
I will be in Amsterdam on June 30 and was wondering if you have a storefront there that I could come visit and admire your other products.
Thanks very much,
I'm a big fan of your thumbrests (1 Maestro and 2 Etudes for my clarinets, 2 Forza for my saxes).
Before I discovered them I had many problems with my hand and arm, caused by tension and unergonimical original thumb rests.
Kind regards and greetings from Germany,
I received the package today. I had actually not yet seen your email,
but I found it shortly after and I wanted to express my most heartfelt
thanks to you! It is rare to find such generosity, and when combined
with the unmatched quality of your products, it's easy to see why you
have achieved such a degree of success. My sincerest thanks once more,
and I will certainly continue to recommend your thumbrests