This is a project I have been wanting to bring to life for years, and I’m so excited to finally make this available to saxophone players publicly. The idea behind this thumb rest is to position the player’s left thumb at the ideal angle, facilitating natural and effortless operation of the octave key. The angle and rotation of the thumb rest is completely customizable, allowing each player to dial in the thumb rest to their preferences. Once the best position is found, the player’s thumb is supported in its most natural position, preventing inefficient and oftentimes uncomfortable hyper extension of joints in the thumb. This is a concept that originated due to personal issues I had years ago when playing soprano sax and clarinet (stay tuned for the clarinet application—it’s in the works!). My initial solution for my own instruments led me to craft similar add-ons for other players who visited my repair shop, which I spent hours crafting by hand and customizing to suit their unique physiology. But I wanted to craft a more elegant version which a player could easily adjust by themselves as they practice and get a sense of what feels best for them. The result is the INCLINE thumb rest.
The INCLINE thumb rest is adjustable in two ways: The degree of tilt can be easily changed by lifting the hinged “lid” of the thumb rest and turning the screw in either direction.
The overall rotation of the thumb rest is also easily adjustable. Since due to the bottom of the thumb rest is flat, the thumb rest can be oriented on the saxophone however the player chooses. The set screws can be loosened allowing the player to set the thumb rest to whatever rotation feels best for them before tightening the set screws to hold the thumb rest in place.