All Thumbs REST
All Thumbs REST takes advantage of body mechanics to distribute the weight of your instrument across your arm, rather than putting pressure on a single point. Cushioned with the same padding as your favorite sneakers, this thumb rest relieves stress on your wrist, forearm, and elbow, allowing a more relaxed playing position. It's also ideal for stabilizing double-jointed thumbs.
While other devices require installation by a repair person, All Thumbs REST attaches to your instrument with self-adhesive Velcro (included), allowing do-it-yourself installation in seconds, with no permanent alterations to your instrument.
Here is a list of Frequently Asked Questions for All Thumbs Rest.
Q: How does All Thumbs REST work?
A: All Thumbs REST relieves pressure on your hand, wrist, and arm. It does this by increasing the
surface area of the thumbrest and preventing the thumb from bending.
While a factory thumbrest puts all the weight of your instrument on a single point, All Thumbs REST
spreads the weight of the instrument across the whole thumb, which in turn spreads the weight across the
whole forearm. Under these conditions, no particular joint or tendon is unduly stressed.
Q: What does “REST” stand for?
A: Relief from the Exertion of Sore Tendons
Q: Who can benefit from All Thumbs REST?
A: Anyone who experiences discomfort while playing an instrument in the oboe or clarinet family
may get relief by using All Thumbs REST. Symptoms commonly alleviated include: sore hands, tendonitis,
carpal tunnel syndrome, tennis elbow, and general fatigue of the hands and arms.
Those with double-jointed thumbs and/or difficulty moving the ring and pinkie fingers effectively
may also find that All Thumbs REST aids in proper hand position.
Q: If I am already being treated for hand/wrist/arm issues, how does All Thumbs REST fit in?
A: No device is a cure-all, but All Thumbs REST can allow you to continue playing and help prevent
further injury while you are recovering.
Q: Can I use All Thumbs REST with other support devices?
A: Generally, yes. All Thumbs REST is compatible with adjustable instrument thumbrests, Dutch
thumbrests, FHRED, end pins, WRIST, splint rings, wrist or arm braces, and neck straps that have hooks. This
list is by no means exhaustive.
All Thumbs REST is not compatible with the Kooiman thumbrest, and can be awkward with neck
straps that use leather tabs, instead of hooks.
Q: Will All Thumbs REST change how my instrument fits in its case?
A: No. All Thumbs REST pulls off for storage, so it can be stored anywhere. Your instrument will fit in
its case normally.
Q: Do I need a professional to install or setup my All Thumbs REST?
A: No. All Thumbs REST attaches with self-stick Velcro. You can install it yourself in seconds.
Q: What if the Velcro dot is bigger than my instrument’s thumbrest?
A: We have chosen this size Velcro to fit a wide variety of instrument makes and models. You can trim
the Velcro with scissors, or you can wrap the edges over the top of your instrument’s thumbrest for added
Q: How do I remove All Thumbs REST?
A: To remove for storage, simply pull All Thumbs REST downward from the instrument thumbrest to
separate the two sides of the Velcro. Pulling at an angle—instead of straight down—will help the Velcro last
To remove All Thumbs REST permanently, peel the dot with the Velcro loops away from your
instrument thumbrest. Rubbing alcohol, mineral spirits, or nail polish remover should take off any remaining
If you used glue to attach the Velcro, a razor blade may be required to completely remove the Velcro
dot and remaining glue.
Q: Why does All Thumbs REST move when I’m playing?
A: The Velcro connection allows All Thumbs REST to pivot with your hand, so your support moves
with you. This is intentional. If you would like All Thumbs REST to move less freely, see “What if I want more
Q: What if I want more stability?
A: Attaching the Velcro to the instrument thumbrest with superglue (in addition to its self-stick
adhesive) will give a firmer grip on All Thumbs REST.
Q: What if I want a more open or closed hand position?
A: You can position All Thumbs REST to the left or right of center to better accommodate your hand
position. In doing so, you may either reposition All Thumbs REST laterally, or you may rotate it around the
Generally, those with smaller hands will move All Thumbs REST to the left, while those with larger
hands will shift it to the right.
Q: How long does the Velcro last?
A: Depending on your usage, the loop side of the Velcro—the side attached to the instrument—will
last anywhere from 6 months to several years. For your convenience, 3 Velcro dots are included in the
package with your All Thumbs REST.
The hook side of the Velcro—the side attached to All Thumbs REST itself—should last for many years.
Q: Where can I get replacement Velcro?
A: Velcro dots and strips are available at many major retailers, including Target, Home Depot, and
WalMart. Or, write us at AllThumbsREST @ gmail.com, and we’ll mail you new Velcro for a nominal fee.
Q: Where can I get more information about All Thumbs REST?
A: Write them at AllThumbsREST@ gmail.com.