I agree with Chester - I recently purchased a ton kooiman pro model thumb rest, and it has made a world of difference in my ailing right hand. What is does is that it transfers the weight of the oboe to much closer to the wrist than the first phalanx, making the oboe feel MUCH lighter, and it opens up the right hand position - consequently freeing the right hand technique.
If you were to make the investment, I would advise spending the money on the pro model, as you can adjust it every possible way imaginable (up and down the oboe, left right, and the appendage that branches off it can move pretty much anywhere to as it's made up of three different joints). The etude model is nice, but it doesn't offer the variety of positions that the professional does, plus the pro is made of metal while the etude is made of plastic. Much more durable in the long term.
Word to the wise, though - it does take getting used to, and every day it will feel weird until you have it adjusted to exactly where you like it. So if you do get it, don't put it on if you have an important performance within a couple weeks of installation. I've had mine for two weeks and while I like it, I still don't feel as though I have it in the best position yet. Just takes time to adapt to the healthier positioning.
Also, if you're not into making your instrument look a little odd from behind, this isn't for you. I don't really care what my oboe looks like, just so long as I can play it without pain and with good, clean technical interfacing, so I didn't mind it at all that it looks kind of funky. Also, if your pinkies are short like mine, you may find yourself considering having the right hand pinky cluster keys raised to compensate the inability to comfortably reach those keys while maintaining otherwise good hand position. I don't know about some people's opinion on moving keys around, but I think that we should be playing the oboe, and not letting the oboe play us. Just a thought.
Best of luck with the wrist issue. My empathy is extended to you as we both seek solutions to a problem many of us have.
Last edited by hautboismusique (2008-10-18 09:10:42)