Advantages of wooden thumb rests

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Advantages of wooden thumb rests

Post by Hobart » Mon Oct 12, 2020 9:54 am

Hi, I have a couple of F-attachment horns that have no actual thumb rests on the trigger, instead it's like the rods you'd find on a Conn 88H.
Now, these don't fit my hand size poorly, but would it be worth it to invest in a wooden thumb rest? I think they look nice, and I feel like I could do a little bit better in terms of where my thumb is while holding the horn.
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Re: Advantages of wooden thumb rests

Post by hornbuilder » Mon Oct 12, 2020 10:37 am

If you want to put one on, go for it. It will change the point where your thumb comes into contact with the lever, and thus your hand position, but that could be adjusted if needed. It doesn't change the way the horn plays at all.
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Re: Advantages of wooden thumb rests

Post by GabrielRice » Mon Oct 12, 2020 11:54 am

hornbuilder wrote:
Mon Oct 12, 2020 10:37 am
If you want to put one on, go for it. It will change the point where your thumb comes into contact with the lever, and thus your hand position, but that could be adjusted if needed. It doesn't change the way the horn plays at all.
Some of the more insane among us might argue with that. I have a story for you, Matthew :twisted:
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Re: Advantages of wooden thumb rests

Post by elmsandr » Mon Oct 12, 2020 12:09 pm

GabrielRice wrote:
Mon Oct 12, 2020 11:54 am
hornbuilder wrote:
Mon Oct 12, 2020 10:37 am
If you want to put one on, go for it. It will change the point where your thumb comes into contact with the lever, and thus your hand position, but that could be adjusted if needed. It doesn't change the way the horn plays at all.
Some of the more insane among us might argue with that. I have a story for you, Matthew :twisted:
Note to the OP... If your playing is good enough that a thumbrest cover makes enough of a change in how the horn plays that you can repeatedly evaluate it.... You should already have a job playing somewhere.

My main problem with different wood/plastic covers is always keeping them in position. If they can spin it drives me nuts (not freely spin, just have any movement available at all).

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Re: Advantages of wooden thumb rests

Post by ArbanRubank » Mon Oct 12, 2020 12:29 pm

I bought mine from Etsy.

https://www.etsy.com/search?q=trombone%20thumb

I had to drill it out to fit the rod and then superglue it on so it wouldn't spin and/or slip off. It works splendidly for me on my Yamaha 421G.
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Re: Advantages of wooden thumb rests

Post by olivegreenink » Mon Oct 12, 2020 2:23 pm

Does anyone know if there is an available replacement from a yam copy (Mack) bass to convert from the flat F lever to one that will accept these wooden ones? As a former 20-year owner of an 88H, I have been wanting to switch since I first bought the Mack.

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Re: Advantages of wooden thumb rests

Post by hornbuilder » Wed Oct 14, 2020 7:51 pm


Some of the more insane among us might argue with that. I have a story for you, Matthew :twisted:
I think I know that story. 🙂
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Re: Advantages of wooden thumb rests

Post by stewbones43 » Sat Oct 24, 2020 7:38 am

hornbuilder wrote:
Wed Oct 14, 2020 7:51 pm

Some of the more insane among us might argue with that. I have a story for you, Matthew :twisted:
I think I know that story. 🙂
Come on, guys. The rest of us might not know the story. :idk: :frown:

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