Palm guards are essentially a low metal crutch. For that reason we have listed it as a sub-category of bassoon crutches.
It is an adaptation of a guard commonly used on contrabassoons. However, it is important to not refer to it as a "contrabassoon palm guard" if you intend to use it on a bassoon.
Palm guards for both bassoon and contrabassoon begin with the same raw part. However, the areas of the instruments to which they are fastened present different obstacles. The raw part is altered according to which instrument it is intended used on. Thus, while seemingly the same guard, the bassoon version will not work on a contra, nor will the contra version work on a bassoon.
Palm guards are an interesting variation of crutches. They're not exactly crutches, because they're not made of either plastic or wood. Nor do they require a bracket to hold them. Instead, they are a metal guard, fixed to the body of the boot joint in a similar location.
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