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11 Must-Have Accessories for Woodwind Players

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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BG Bassoon
Nylon Harness
Shoulder Strap, Mens
Sturdy & durable
  • Features: Adjustable Straps
  • Size: Men
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
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Korg CA-50
Chromatic Tuner
Small and compact for all orchestral instruments
  • Purchase: Once
  • Price level: Medium
9/10
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Wind musicians (apart from flautists) are ruled by their reeds! It is very important to store every one properly, I would recommend a case with humidity control to keep reeds happy, no matter the climate. The Rico Multi instrument storage is for this and can be used for all single reeds.

Rico
Multi-Instrument
Reed Storage Case
Keeps every one safe and stable, no matter the climate.
  • Airtight Gasket Seal: Keeps Reeds Safe
  • Includes: 1 x Reed Vitalizer Humidity Control Pack
8/10
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Another way to elongate the life of your reeds is to invest in a trimmer. These items are small but mighty, allowing you to adjust the strength a fragment at a time. Vandoren make a fantastic range of trimmers for various single reed instruments, just make sure you add the right one to your cart! A saxophone one can’t be trimmed with a clarinet trimmer!

Vandoren Reed
Trimmer
Multi-Instrument
Customise your reeds with precision
  • For: Sax, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon
  • Guaranteed: A clean cut of up to 15,000 times
8/10
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Now we turn to a couple of gadgets no gigging musician should be without! A simple stand light can clip onto your stand when you are playing in a gloomy orchestra pit, and stand magnets stop your sheet music from flying around when performing outside – no clothes pegs required!

Royal Super Bright
29 LED Music Stand Light
Illuminates your paper in dark conditions
  • Features: Infinite Levels Dimmable
  • Includes: USB & Carry Bag
8/10
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K&M 11851
Power Magnets,
10 pack
Lightweight but reliable
  • Material: Steel
  • Best feature: Compact Size
7/10
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The remaining recommended items are for maintenance and player comfort. A small screwdriver is a handy tool for small tweaks and repairs. Pad dryers help to keep your pads clean and dry – even those in awkward, hard to reach places. Mouthpiece cushions protect your teeth and the mouthpiece itself and help to diminish annoying vibrations. And finally, thumb cushions provide a bit of padding and comfort whilst improving thumb position for clarinetists and oboists

Combination
Screwdriver and
Spring Hook
A handy tool for small repairs
  • Purchase: Once
  • Price level: Low
9/10
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BG Pad Dryer
Cleans pads leaving no residue
  • For: Flute, Clarinet, Bassoon & Oboe
  • Can be used: 1000+ times
7/10
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BG Mouthpiece Cushions
Protects mouthpiece and teeth from annoying vibrations
  • For: Sax & Clarinet, Small 0.8MM
  • Protects: Mouthpiece and Teeth
7/10
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BG Oboe and Clarinet
Thumb Rest
Cushion, Regular
Sturdy and comfortable design
  • Size: Regular
  • Features: Extra Padding For Comfort
7/10
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Music Stands

five

A stand is a vital bit of kit. It’s important to choose carefully – you want your stand to be portable but also robust – you don’t want it to collapse mid-piece sending your sheets flying! The EMS-1 stand ticks every box!

Eastar EMS-1
Music Stand
Amazing Kit at an amazing price
  • Best Feature: Seriously well-made & sturdy
  • Includes: Light | Carry Case | Sheet Music Clip
9.5/10
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11 must-have accessories for woodwind players
Summary

So there you go – our round up of 11 must-have accessories for wind players that you will need to play and look after your instrument. Some of the products mentioned are more essential than others, but all of them will enhance your musical life, whether you are a beginner or a seasoned professional!

Ted's List

Best Music Stand

Eastar EMS-1

Solid and reliable

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Best single reed trimmer

Vandoren Reed Trimmer

Ideal for last minute adjustments

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Best single-reed storage

Rico Multi-Instrument Reed Storage Case

Suitable for various wind instruments

FAQ's

The top 10 gadgets for wind are a screwdriver & spring-hook tool, a compact instrument stand, a music stand, a cleaner, a polishing cloth, a metronome, a tuner, pad dryers, cork grease, and a pencil – THE most important gadget for all musicians

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Bethan Greenaway
Bethan is a clarinettist based in Oxfordshire. Like many musicians she started on the recorder and then took up the clarinet aged eight. She studied at Birmingham University and the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and has worked in the arts ever since.

Recent career highlights have included performing at Gloucester Cathedral (where Harry Potter was filmed) and being dubbed “The Queen of Music Production” by John Rutter whilst working at Oxford University Press.

When not clarinet-ing Bethan loves running and baking, because life is all about balance!
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