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Jeff Stallard

Neck Strap Idea

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I want to add a neck strap to my Stagi, and last night I had what I think is a good idea. I had an extra guitar strap lying around, so I zip-tied it to the thumb straps just to try it out and get some ideas. Then it dawned on me...guitar strap buttons! Mount them horizontally on either end, then just slap on any old guitar strap you want. It's cheap, practical, unobtrusive, allows for a wide variety of straps, is easy to remove, and most importantly...only requires TWO additional holes in the instrument. I'll probably swap the factory screws with something a little smaller than the rather robust factory screws.

 

Yes, I know straps aren't necessary on trebles, but I like them.

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Well I got the strap buttons mounted, and they're working perfectly. The strap frees my hands but doesn't stifle any body movement. I can't imagine why someone would NOT use one, but maybe it's not my place to understand, only to play as I see fit.

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My patner Anne, who plays English, uses a strap on her Morse Albion baritone when playing for the morris (i.e. standing) but the thing is she wears the strap around her neck and under one arm. This takes the strain away from the back of the neck (which is not a good place for strain) and onto the back (which is much more comfortable).

 

Chris

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I usually play sitting down with wrist straps. I had tried a neck strap and it was torture! So I made a much more substantial harness for times when sitting is not possible. It's comfortable but a little too much. Anne's concertina sling sounds interesting--how is it attached to the instrument? Thanks!

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I use a neckstrap all the time and have special very small inserts in the instrument to attach it. So it is hardly noticable. For some time I used a saxophone strap that I had adjusted but now I am back to a very nice cord. But I take care never to let the concertina hang from the strap. I always support it with my hands, even when I am not playing. And so the weight never is fully on the strap. It just takes some of the weight off my hands and thumbs. If you would like to see me play concertina, using a neckstrap you can have a look at the documentary "Playing the concertina". Preview on my website www.concertina-academy.com

Pauline

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