QUOTE(MNW @ Nov 19 2011, 07:48 PM)
DS has just started using a bassoon strap as he needs to now stand with his bassoon or sit without a spike. A while ago I tried a padded neck strap but the strain was too much for his small neck.
but the strap resting on his right shoulder and the cross over at the back is still causing some strain. Can anyone over any advice on a good strap that we could buy? I don't expect it to be perfect but as he is so young I want to make sure he doesn't do himself any damage.
how old is DS? Is he playing on a full size instrument?
I regualarly play bassoon and am a GP, so will try to give you some advice fo DS.
I have tried every combination out there in my time; I use a simple neck strap for sitting, and the harness for standing, but honestly I have never been comfortable standing with the bassoon and not really found a suitable support in 20 years of looking!
These days I always sit down to avoid straining upper back and neck muscles.
I really hope you find something, but choices are limited. I once knew a bassoonosit who used a neck strap with a wide band, more akin to a guitar strap, but I think her father made it for her as I have never managed to find one for retail.
Howarth's or John Myatt both have friendly helpful staff, who can assist you.
Good luck for the search!