The Maestro design provides a comfortable, secure grip. The handle is designed to be held with the second finger securely in the “neck” of the handle, the third finger adding stability around the base of the handle and the thumb and first finger controlling the motion of the baton from the front edge of the handle. An average Maestro shape is 2.5 inches long and .85 inch at its widest diameter. This heavy handle is best matched with a fiberglass shaft, or a graphite shaft 14 inches or longer.
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Sometimes called Grenadillo wood, African Blackwood is used to make professional clarinets, oboes and piccolos. It is very dense and heavy and buffs smooth without any lacquer. As the name suggests, African Blackwood is a very dark wood. It is primarily black with streaks of dark brown throughout the grain of the wood.