What are some of your favorite musical accessories?

There are 2 things that come to mind.

One is my bass clarinet/bassoon stand by Hercules. I like instrument stands in general. Each one of my horns has at least 1 stand, so it’s easy to access/arrange in a performance situation. One time while performing with a high school pit orchestra, I even supplied the rest of the student woodwind section with stands for their instruments. But the bass cl/bassoon stand for me is particularly handy. For starters, it’s an excellent deal. When the Hercules was released, the only other stand on the market was 2-3x it’s cost. Not that it’s cheap, but it’s certainly an easier pill to swallow at it’s cost relative to the other stands. And if I feel like I’m getting a good deal, I’m happy. But besides the price, being able to put the bassoon down safely is so nice. Especially for teaching, I like having it out but I may only have one or 2 bassoon students on any given day. And given the size of my studio, it needs to be strategically placed. Overall, I’m very happy with the stand.

Second item is the ForScore app paired with my 12.9" iPad Pro. I’ve been a long time user of reading sheet music on an iPad using ForScore. Early on I used it on a smaller iPad 2 for reading horn band charts. Even though it was a smaller screen, horn charts are relatively easy to read or flip pages. Going to the larger screen is when I really started to use the ForScore app to it’s fullest potential (and still only using a fraction of the features). For starters, being so big you can have 2 pages up in landscape mode which makes it perfect for musicals. It’s also a great practice tool since you can attach an MP3 to the file as well as loop and slow down sections. Perfect for playing along with some of your favorite big band sax solis. I also put several Real Books and have them indexed for easy access and building a playlist.


So what are some of your favorite and useful musical accessories? Items that every time you use them, you’re glad you have it.

Key leaves for saxophone; great for slightly propping open G#, Eb, and low C# pads to facilitate drying / reduced sticking, etc. while not touching the pad leather; my only small gripe is $20 for a pretty simple glob of silicone seems a tad steep…but it works

I like Caboozles mechanical pencils, because they are small (so they fit in cases), cheap and have thicker lead than most mechanical pencils. I like my new Vekkia brand rechargeable stand light and my Tunable tuner/drone/metronome app.

I like the TE Tuner app I got on my Android phone. It’s better and has a lot more features than the $70+, Sabine tuner I bought in the 90’s. I only paid around $5 for the app.

My other favorite is the Protec ProPac rectangle case I got for my Alto. Plenty of room to fit everything and I like how they have the neck and mouth piece slots, separate from the storage compartment inside the case now. Wish they made a rectangle version for the Tenor.

That’s the sleeper accessory. I use it, but it didn’t come to mind because the problem of sticky pads went away.

They also have an adjustable end cap that’s adjustable and vented. Anything that promotes a dry interior gets a :+1: in my book.

One of the most important accessories I’ve found when playing any wind instrument, a bottle of water. Especially when practising clarinet!

Actually, one clarinet specific accesory I absolutely adore is the K&M folding stand I bought. Its superb, folds into the bell and then goes into the clarinet case, no problem.
Can see it here:

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