Please help me ! this thing really hurts !
my name is Sylvain and as you will understand I want to replace my Lyrique thumbrest. Also, permit me to ask you how did you do the change, doing another hole or maybe no ; and what is the new one type, please ?
Tanks for your valuous writings and your attention.
Would you excuse my poor english.
Dear Sylvain: (your english is better than my french)
I am well aware of your problem. However, I wish to preface my reply with the fact that the Lyrique is simply a beautifully in tune instrument at a very reasonable price, and it will not crack, will remain more stable in pitch and adjustment than virtually any other clarinet. It is made from hard rubber, as you know, and this material has certain features which make it very attractive: intervals generally are less problematic, especially on the A clarinet; The material has a different response than does grenadilla wood, generally considered to be darker, and one further quality. It is a more dulcet quality and in general, it is my feeling that the horn will not carry quite as well as does grenadilla.
I have owned the Ridenour instruments for several years and have had the time to try many. I own a set of them now and several other ebonite clarinets.
I no longer play the Bb, mostly because of the very narrow, though heavy, and poorly placed thumb rest. It is placed incorrectly, too far to the right and slightly too high. What I did to my thumbrest was to remove it, which is fairly easy to do and move it down and to the left, perhaps 2 or 3mm. I found that with the change my fingers did not bump into one another when playing the fork F#. I use general and approximate terminology because it may be slightly different for you, and for others, but only a bit. I can tell you that after playing professionally for more than a half century , the above it true. It is an ungainly placed and made thumb rest. Because I like the instrument, I worked to get comfortable with the thumb, but never really achieved the comfort that I have on every other clarinet I own, or have owned.
I have mentioned this many times to Mr Ridenour, and sent him the horn, but he always works his way around changing it, and he gives me the strong feeling that it is proper as it is. It is not.
Another solution would be simply to remove it and get an ordinary thumb rest and have it installed, or do it yourself. You will find it instantly corrected.I find it to be a big problem, and changing your hand position for a poorly designed and placed piece of equipment is simply incorrect, even if the basic horn plays very well indeed.
I hope this helps you, and I might add, I hope that this thumb rest will be changed on future models.It should be widened and made to the shape of the thumb, and its adjustment should be made to truly adjust, which it does not at present. It is too high, and therefore it needs to be adjustable, so that one can go in either direction. This thumbrest does not . The mid-point should be where the norm is for most players, and it should adjust from that midpoint, as should every adjustable thumbrest.