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  1. Pain in left hand from operating trigger


    I have recently begun playing on a Besson Sovereign with a trigger, and experience some pain in my left palm after prolonged operation of it. I was wondering if there might be something incorrect about my hand placement/technique while operating it. I recently ordered a ComfyHandStrap in hopes of using it to alleviate some pain. Any advice is welcomed! I attached images of my hand placement and where I feel the pain.

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    Will Kuempel

    Besson Sovereign BE967-2T

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    See an ortho doc and get an xray to see if you are getting a bone buildup (osteoarthritis) between the trapezium bone (one of the small bones in the wrist) and the thumb metacarpal bone. I do have osteoarthritis there, and it causes pain in the area that you have marked out.
    David Bjornstad

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    One simple thing to try is to use your middle finger instead of your index finger to operate the 4th valve. Assuming that is comfortable, it might change the angle/stress enough to help.
    Dave Werden (ASCAP)
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    Mar 2006
    Hidden Valley, AZ
    I never liked the thumb trigger found on most euphs.

    I and Dan Oberloh designed this alternative on my Besson.

    It operates via my 4&5 left fingers

    These shots were taken before final finish and plating, then the final look.

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    Last edited by highpitch; 04-01-2022 at 10:57 PM.
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