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The 5 Minute 5 Cents Thumbrest Cushion

After many moons of practising, tired wrists and sore thumbs it dawned on me - these thumb cusions don't really do anything - it isn't the thumb rest that hurts, it is the clarinet's body. Of the strain exerted on the thumb, only ~30% comes from the thumbrest, the rest comes from the clarinet's body, and that one is never cushioned. It usually is the first modification I do to my clarinets, but for everyone shy of semi-permanent modifications, here is a cheap solution: The 5 Minute 5 Cents Cushion.

What you need:

  • a piece of EVA "foam rubber", found in crafts stores
  • superglue
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Cut a "T" from the foam sheet. Compare the size to a Bb clarinet reed.

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Fold the arms of the T, glue them together.
Do only glue one arm over the other, do not glue body and arm together.

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Trim as needed, slip on thumbrest.

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