Topic: Bassoon floor pegs.

Ladies and Gentlemen:

When playing with a seat strap, I get nasty stress in my left hand, and I've found that I'm -mostly- comfortable playing with a neck strap, so that's what I usually stick with, despite the time that sometimes that's a little agonizing on my shoulders.

Last year, one of the folk over in the classifieds was selling bassoon floor pegs, and I went ahead and purchased the one he was selling, figuring I'd give that a try to see how it felt ergonomically.  I figured, eh, it's used, if I don't like it, I can always sell it and I shouldn't lose too much cash, how much can it hurt, ooh, a new gadget, yay.


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Fast forward a year and a bit of change.. and I'm only now getting around to trying to figure out how I'd position myself to play with such a contrivance.  Can anyone give any advice on properly situating the bassoon using a floor peg, and calibrating the way it should be aligned? 

Inquiring minds want to know! smile

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Re: Bassoon floor pegs.

Hi Christopher:

Does this help?  http://www.doublereed.org/IDRSBBS/viewtopic.php?id=30

Dr. Kent Moore
Principal Lecturer In Bassoon and Theory
Northern Arizona University

Re: Bassoon floor pegs.

Instrument support issues contnue to plage the bassoon community. One of the advantages of a floor peg is that the instrument can be held in a more vertical position -- thus removing weight and stress from the left hand. However, a more vertical position may require a different bocal, such as a flatter "British bend," to achieve comfort. It's a trial-and-error- proposition, just as violinists do when finding a proper combination of chin and shoulder rests.

Neck straps should not irritate the neck or cause neck muscles to become excessively tight. I suggest a broad strap that rests upon the large shoulder muscles (trapezius) and spreads the weight over a larger area. It's important that one dies not fight the strap; this only causes greater muscle tension.

Dr. Bill Dawson, bassoonist and teacher
IDRS medical consultant
Past President, Performing Arts Medicine Assoc.
Author of "Fit as a Fiddle: The Musician's Guide to Playing Healthy"

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Re: Bassoon floor pegs.

I have had success with a Winc leg hook. Also, I know one person who is very happy with the Vonk leg hook...

David Bell
Alexandria, VA

David Bell
Alexandria, VA
amateur bassoon and contra bassoon

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Re: Bassoon floor pegs.

More info on the Vonk  http://www.fagot.nl/product_info.php?cPath=82&products_id=224

Great pic Christopher.  Thanks for that.

Last edited by Kent Moore (2011-08-19 11:16:30)

Dr. Kent Moore
Principal Lecturer In Bassoon and Theory
Northern Arizona University

Re: Bassoon floor pegs.

And another solution http://www.marsdenbassoonreeds.com/seatstrap.html

Dr. Kent Moore
Principal Lecturer In Bassoon and Theory
Northern Arizona University

Re: Bassoon floor pegs.

We produce the “No-Hands” Bassoon Side Strap. When used in conjunction with a regular seat strap, the “No-Hands” Side Strap takes the weight of the bassoon off the left hand to help reduce pain and tension. Contact our website at <www.weaitmusic.com> and look for the section "Fabric Creations" to find the Side Strap. It costs $7.00.

Christopher Weait,
Principal bassoon, Toronto Symphony (1968 - 1985)
IDRS Honorary Member; Emeritus professor Ohio State University
www.weaitmusic.com

Re: Bassoon floor pegs.

Just wanted to vote for the Winc leghook.  My left hand was going completely numb before I switched to the leghook, now I have no numbness or pain. 

Nancy

"There are 2 means of refuge from the miseries of life: music and cats" - Albert Schweitzer

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Re: Bassoon floor pegs.

Checked out your "no-hands" side strap on your website, Chris, and really liked the shapely model in the chair!

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