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For players just starting out I think the ideal strap is the "old fashioned" one made with leather that has holes in the strap and a buckle that adjusts to a fixed length. The length of the neckstrap affects the posture, tilt of the head, and the angle the mouthpiece goes into the mouth. To have the neck strap set at the ideal length by the teacher from the start can go a long way in developing consistency in tone production. This style of strap is getting hard to find but there are still some available. Another idea is to put a thick patch on the mouthpiece with a groove made in it where the top teeth should go so the student "finds" that location every time the student plays.
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