Wednesday, April 27, 2016

The Comfy Horn Strap

Hello, I'm Valerie. Welcome to my Comfy Horn Strap blog. I originally designed my horn strap to meet my personal needs as a horn player with small hands. I wanted something with the following features:

  • relieves left pinky of weight bearing reducing hand fatigue & cramping
  •  non-bulky
  •  strong & secure
  •  soft, absorbent, washable (100% cotton twill)
  •  fully adjustable to fit different horns
  •  fits inside case w/o needing to be removed  for storage
  •  no need for professional installation, no damage to my horn, no need to remove the "pinky hook" from my horn

Since I first designed the Comfy Horn strap for my own needs, I have learned that many kids and men also like using it.

Happy Strappy
Gold Embroidery
I've enjoyed adding a "designer" line of Comfy Horn straps. Pictured here, left, is my latest design with gold embroidery. Other design choices shown below left. Two more designs, Happy Strappy and Old Sheet Music are also available & pictured on this page. If you would like a special custom strap design, let me know, I'd love to make it for you.  I can do school colors, many sports team logos. Scroll down for close up pictures.

  • One Comfy Horn strap or One Comfy Waggie strap cost $25.00.
  • Additional straps are $20 each. 
  • Add $3 per strap for a design.  
  • Shipping is $4.50 in the USA.  $15.00 to countries outside the USA.  
  • Prices quoted here are in US dollars. Email me for itemized invoice that will give prices in your country.  My email address is below. 
  • Old Sheet Music
  • Comfy Horn Strap designs pictured from top to bottom:  Basic Black, Pink Kitty, Silver Stars, Paws/Red, Paws/White, Ladybug, Animal, Pink Zebra, Purple Tiger, Camo.  Scroll down to the very bottom for close up pictures.  

Those who purchase a Comfy Horn strap at the same time as The Balanced Embouchure for Horn, receive a 20%  discount on the strap & save on shipping.  I accept PayPal, major credit cards, and personal checks from US banks. I cheerfully accept returns for a refund or modification.  (It is NOT necessary to have a PayPal account to pay through PayPal.  PayPal accepts major credit cards as well as other methods.  PayPal services can from country to country.)

To order, email:

(For a proper email address replace "at" with @ and "dot" with a period.)
Please tell me what style(s) you want and the country you live in. 

Happy horn playing!  
Valerie  Wells
From: "Donald Krause" <>
Date: Mar 1, 2016 7:00 AM

Sold two more last night --- they are getting to be the hottest thing since sliced bread-- every one trying one will not give it back . And the guy that had an issue with the other one (spent $40 for the other one that never did work) put yours on and said this is great.  Senior in high doing Morceau de Concert in contest this Saturday .. said the chart plays even easier now.. how about that !!Don
"Need to get two more already !! Same as the other three.. Hate it when we have success--- put it on a 7th grade horn student yesterday at her lesson -- now get this -- with it on she had one sound-- when we took it off , she had another sound-- proof is in the pudding-- she had much more relaxed open sound with it on instead of the pinched sound with it off and I really looked very close to her embouchure to try to figure out the difference  and I could not see anything but could hear the difference -- thought you might get  a kick out of hearing that . 

Don Krause
Horns a Plenty Christmas
It did arrive, and I love it! It's name speaks truthfully. Thank you so much!

Mary Wadell
BM Instrumental Music Education

I want to let you know we received the strap in the mail yesterday (local USPS is fast, isn’t it!).  It’s lovely, and my son is very happy with it.  The strap makes a positive difference, especially while standing.  Thank you, again.  :)

-Kate Lowney  (11/4/15)
2 great big thumbs up! Thanks so much!

Linda Weiler
Hello Again Valerie!  Just wanted to send a quick thank you from my daughter Elizabeth. She is loving the pink zebra comfy strap more each day and says it is helping a great deal especially with hand fatigue when practicing for longer periods than she usually does. Thanks for brightening the musical future of one more child!

Take Care,
Matt Walter

Hello Valerie;
I hope everything is going fine for you. I am very happy with your horn strap. It really relieved my little finger. I would like to order another one. It's for my teacher.
Thank you.  James Phan
Love the Comfy Strap! Thanks a bunch!
Sam Marks


Thank you for the prompt service!  Love the straps! 
~April Strong

Hello Valerie, I purchased a Comfy Horn Strap from you last summer for my son.  He finally started using it this fall, and he LOVES it.  He puts it on over top of the leather horn wrap.

I purchased an old (1953) Conn 6D off of Craig's list... to use as a back-up horn. I need to purchase another Comfy Horn Strap so that each horn will have its own.    Thank you again.

Regards, Joyce Rolls
One of my students bought a horn strap this month.  Works like a charm!  ~Jennifer Cogburn Seago 
Comfy Waggie Strap
Hello Valerie,  Just to let you know that the horn strap arrived last Wednesday 15th October. Aliah has tried it out and really likes it. It does take the strain off her hand and pinky (even when she does use the finger hook). It removes any weight pressure from her individual fingers.
Best wishes ~Jane Hussain
Dear Ms. Wells, So I absolutely love my horn strap! It is perfect and working wonderfully for all of my playing!   Sincerely, Jessica Henkle
Jill Brown posted on Yahoo Horn May 24, 2011:
I've been meaning to let everyone know how great Valerie's horn strap really is:  
I was having some intense left hand/wrist pain in December and wrote the list to ask for help.  I ended guying a Comfy Horn Strap from Valerie and it has solved my left-hand-pain problem.  I also purchased a commercially available strap from another website, and when it came I was really disappointed by how scratchy the material was- it was commercial grade plastic strapping.  Valerie's strap is soft, completely adjustable, and had enabled me to successfully transition to off-leg playing with a new horn after 30+ years of playing on the leg.
Paws on white

Purple Tiger
I don't know Valerie or have any professional relationship with her, so no disclaimers are necessary. ~Jill
Hi Valerie, I've had my Comfy Horn Strap for a year now and it is holding up very well to the demands of orchestral life, no stretching or loose stitches.  It does the job it's supposed to do, and as a bonus protects the horn without cutting vibrations as some hand guards do.  Simple, to the point, and comfy! Thanks again.
~Rebecca Holsinger
Valerie -  I have used your strap for a couple of years (I think), and LOVE it.  It has reduced a lot of tension in my left hand, arm, and shoulder.  I've also recommended it to several of my students who have since purchased and used the strap with great success and happiness.  I'd like to order 2 more straps from you...  Thanks so much!
~Melissa Morey, Horn Teacher & Performer
I love the Comfy Strap you made just for my Paxman!! ~ Mary Phllips
Eva's design for a custom strap
Just wanted you to know that your horn straps has helped relieve my shoulderMobile tightness.  Instead of my shoulder muscles tightening up, the strap puts more pressure on my hand.  And this saves me having to pay to have a duck foot attached to my horn.  Thank you! 
Hi Valerie, just a quick message to say the Comfy Strap arrived in good time and has been in constant use - I love it! My friend is interested in buying one. 

~Rachel Emerson Ampleforth, North Yorkshire
Pink Kitty

Paws on Red


Silver Stars