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11 Must-Have Accessories for Woodwind Players

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Shopping for equipment can sometimes be confusing. Here is a break-down of 11 must-have accessories for any woodwind player – a variety of products and items which will be useful for any instrument.

Popular Wind instrument Accessories

Slings and Stands

ONE

The saxophone and the bassoon require a strap to play – they are too heavy to hold without one! Straps come in two varieties – a neck/shoulder strap or a harness. BG France have a fantastic range of straps and harnesses for the saxophone and bassoon – suitable for beginners in schools, students and professionals alike.

BG A and T
Saxophone
Comfort Strap
Sturdy & durable
  • For: Alto and Tenor Saxophones
  • Ideal For: Beginners and Professionals Alike
8/10
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BG A and T
Saxophone Harness,
Ladies
Adjustable & robust
  • For: Alto, Tenor & Bari Sax
  • Designed for: Ladies
7/10
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BG A and T
Saxophone
Harness, Mens
Adjustable & robust
  • For: Alto & Tenor Sax
  • Size: Mens
7/10
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BG Regular Bassoon
Shoulder Strap
Padded & reliable
  • Adjustable Strap for Added Comfort
  • Designed for: Bassoons
8/10
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BG Bassoon
Nylon Harness
Shoulder Strap, Ladies
Sturdy & durable
  • Features: Adjustable Straps
  • Size: Women
7/10
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The TedScore™:  7/10
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BG Bassoon
Nylon Harness
Shoulder Strap, Mens
Sturdy & durable
  • Features: Adjustable Straps
  • Size: Men
7/10
The TedScore™ is our unique system of scoring products. The professional musician who wrote this article combine many things, from the product build, manufacturer's reputation through to feedback from other users, to create our famous TedScore™.
The TedScore™:  7/10
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K&M 15228
Clarinet Stand, Black
Compact & portable
  • In-Bell Design: Sturdily Holds Your Clarinet
  • Lightweight & Compact: Easy Portability
8/10
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A musical instrument can get rather heavy when held for long periods of time. A stand will keep your instrument safe, allowing you to have your hands free to turn a page, change pieces or simply have a rest. K&M have a brilliant range of compact stands you can order with options for every woodwind instrument.

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Care Kits

TWO

Musicians (especially professional musicians) need a range of equipment to help take care of their instrument and prevent unwanted noise, but you can find that the cost can quickly add up. Fear not however, there are some excellent care kits on the market which contain everything you will need! For a single reed instrument and flautists we’d recommend the maintenance care kits from Gear4music. And for those whose preference is a double reed instrument there are the Superslick care packs.

Flute Maintenance
Care Kit by Gear4music
Flute version
  • Instrument: Flute
  • Includes: Everything you need
7/10
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Clarinet
Maintenance
Care Kit by Gear4music
Clarinet version
  • Instrument: Flute
  • Includes: Everything you need
7/10
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Saxophone
Maintenance
Care Kit by Gear4music
Saxophone version
  • Instrument: Flute
  • Includes: Everything you need
7/10
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Superslick Oboe
Care Kit
Oboe version
  • Instrument: Flute
  • Includes: Everything you need
7/10
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Superslick Bassoon
Care Kit
Bassoon version
  • Instrument: Flute
  • Includes: Everything you need
7/10
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Bell covers and facemasks for the safety of wind instrument players

THREE

The 2020 COVID-19 pandemic caused a long hiatus in rehearsals and concerts for orchestras and other ensembles. Research done at the University of Colorado suggested that wind instruments release airborne particles which may contribute to the spread of the virus.

Many ensembles and schools resumed rehearsing safely with social distancing measures in place, but a range of items have been released which can further help reduce aerosol emissions in the air.

Every accessory is designed and distributed by the US company National Educational Music Company (NEMC). Their website has handy video guides demonstrating and reviewing each accessory.

Top 10 Woodwind gadgets

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The range of items for wind musicians is huge, and some are more essential than others. The following products are our recommended top ten gadgets, suggestions for every wind player, regardless of their ability.

Every musician needs a metronome and a tuner for practice. These are now available as smart phone apps, but it is a good idea to have the physical digital versions so that you aren’t distracted by your phone whilst practicing (or for schools where phones aren’t allowed)!

Korg MA-2
metronome
Multi-function compact metronome
  • Up to: 400 hours of continuous operation
  • Display: Larger and more easily readable display
9/10
The TedScore™ is our unique system of scoring products. The professional musician who wrote this article combine many things, from the product build, manufacturer's reputation through to feedback from other users, to create our famous TedScore™.
The TedScore™:  9/10