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Author: FluteLover Date: 2003-10-25 12:43:48
Does anyone of you use a Bopep on your flute?


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Author:Christine Date: 2003-11-09 09:51:30
I use one. It gives me more control over my flute and it is more comfortable.
Author:Bo Pep Date: 2004-11-01 05:46:20
Christine... I'm happy to hear your comments. I invented them a number of years ago with the hope that they would help flute players of all levels and now they can be found on flutes in major symphonies as well as in elementary schools.

Cheers,
Bolek Peplowski
Author:s Date: 2005-01-09 00:16:22
I was told by a high profile flute shop that they are a waste of money, as they are not needed for a standard concert flute, and I agree! They tend to hinder rather than help!
Author:Susan Maclagan Date: 2005-08-21 04:11:21
Hi Bolek,

I would very much like to email you privately about the Bo Peps. Is your contact info. printed on any web site?

Thanks for any help,
Susan
Author:helen Date: 2005-08-25 12:30:30
What's a Bopep?
Author:Marco Leoné Date: 2005-09-19 16:03:44
Helen, you can find photos of bopeps on http://www.flute.toucansurf.com/flute/notes/bopep.html
Author:John Rush Date: 2005-10-21 17:19:34
Hello All,

I am a professional flutist and I have been using the Bo Pep Finger rest and Thumb Guide since 1993 or 1994. Too many years ago to remember and I think that they are great! It is really a question of personal preferance. Some people like them, some people do not. It is just with the various makers of professional flutes. Some people play Haynes, Powell, etc... But I prefer Altus. You should never poo-poo something that may be of value or assistance to others!
Author:Bo Pep Date: 2005-12-14 05:21:02
Hello Susan,

Just noticed your post. Haven't looked at this page in over a year. Feel free to email me at bolek@verizon.net. I haven't been involved in bopep, inc. since 1995, but I'm pleased to see that it has become an accepted aid. Believe me, it was one uphill battle when I first brought it out.

And thanks for your remarks John. It's absolutely true that they are not for everyone, but it warms me to see folks like yourself, Wally Kajala and Jeane Baxtressor using them. The NFA dysfunction committee saw their usefulness in combating carpal tunnel syndrome and median nerve damage early on and that helped promote the finger rests in the early days - around 1985. Introducing a new concept to the tactile "feel" of musical instruments is a daunting endeavor, because we all work so bloody hard to master the beasts we come to love.

My personal take on the finger rest is that, because it gives one a better grip on the flute and provides support and balance, less pressure is required against the lower lip and that improves the embouchure and opens the sound. I made the very first one for just that purpose in the sixties (out of pvc water pipe) and I decided to manufacture them after years of making them one by one for my flute playing friends.

Cheers,
Bolek
Author:JUDD Date: 2006-02-26 14:34:54
Bolek,

I recently picked up the finger guide and thumb rest off E-bay and I love the finger guide. I am not to much of a fan of the thumb rest but to each his own. I think they are great products and quite elegant in their simplicity.

JDJ
Author:rae Date: 2012-12-22 22:04:04
HI Bo-Pep
I have just bourght a finger dsaddle and thumb rest. the thumb rest moved about a bit so I put a hand positioner underneath it to secure. it fine now. I have sm all fingers to I chose the saddle ove the finger rest , but i did not get a chance to try it. so I dont really know whether that one would have been better. I have smallish chubby hands

ai also tried the thumb port types but they seemed rather clumbersone. specially the ;pinkieport.

Te only good thing about them is that they were made of rubber which is softer.

My only criticism is constructive, why dont you make them softer to touch it would solve pressure pain I suffer on the index finger, soft rubber or a cushion would be excellent. If you do decide to make a softer rest please let me know.
Author:rae Date: 2012-12-22 22:09:55
Corrected spelling mistakes

I have just bought a finger saddle and thumb rest. the thumb rest moved about a bit so I put a hand positioner underneath it to secure. its fine now. I have small fingers so I chose the saddle over the finger rest , but I did not get a chance to try it. so I dont really know whether that one would have been better. I have smallish chubby hands

I also tried the thumb port types but they seemed rather clumbersone. specially the ;pinkieport.

The only good thing about them is that they were made of rubber which is softer.

My only criticism is constructive, why dont you make them softer to touch it would solve pressure pain I suffer on the index finger, soft rubber or a cushion would be excellent. If you do decide to make a softer rest please let me know
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