Product Reviews: Bo-Pep Flute Finger Rest
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“Finger Rests are the Best”
When I started playing the flute, which was years ago in third grade, I never thought of these two aids, as they were not invented. But as an adult still playing the flute after over fifty years, I have developed acute arthritis in both my wrists, affecting the tension in my fingers and thumbs. That said, as soon as I was able to find a video of a fellow flautist review of the product that worked for me, I was able to attach Bo-Bep Finger Rest onto "Sasha." my flute ever since I have felt added comfort and support needed to sustain my long daily practice and recording sessions. I love the way the Finger Rest gives my left finger both comfort and balance, taking off the pressure so that I can move my fingers faster on the keys. I will order another one, my new black flute, when it arrives, "Ms. Jett. I will definitely be doing business with you in the future.
Beware this item will scratch you flute!
I bought the item to trial with a student. Trying out on my flute it is now scratched. Also I didn't find it of any help with keeping Right Hand index finger in a good position.
“I wish I could say nothing but great things”
This item does what it says on the tin, then it scratches the daylights out of your flute! I've used my Bo-Pep finger rest for the better part of the last fifteen years. It has damaged three of my flutes in that time and I've just refused to use it with my newest one. It's unfortunate that I've had to give up on this product, even though it helps my hand position and mitigates pain/strain in my left hand a great deal. I've switched to the Fingerport/Thumbport. I don't find them as comfortable as the Bo-Pep, but I just can't keep harming my flutes, even the cheap ones I play outside.
“Scratches very markedly”
I have placed one of these very carefully, once, on a brand new flute. The flute now has very clear, permanent scratches around the tube. More than a little upset. The pinkie-port, for an extra pound or so, is head and shoulders above the bo-pep.
“Scratches the flute”
I've used one of these for a number of years and while it is useful, over that time it has put lots of tiny little scratches at the place where it sits on my flute (I don't constantly put it on and off but I do adjust it when needed).
“Bo-Pep Flute Finger Rest”
My own teacher recommended this to me. She bought one to try out on a pupil and ended up keeping it for herself and buying another for the pupil. I found the same thing after I tried it out as it certainly helped my left hand to feel less tired. I now suggest it for most of my pupils if they are having difficulties, and certainly to those with smaller hands. The main problem is convincing them that it is worth the price. £8.50 for a small piece of plastic seems a lot and the packaging doesn't really make up for it!