- relieves left pinky of weight bearing reducing hand fatigue & cramping
- 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 the finish of my horn
After experimenting with various designs, I came up with the final design shown here that provides the features I need. I began sharing these with my female horn playing friends and my middle school horn students a few years ago. Everyone who uses them likes them. I decided to test market them at the International Horn Symposium in San Francisco in June of 2011 in conjunction with my Balanced Embouchure exhibit. I was pleased to sell quite a few and see that half of my horn strap customers were men. Since no men had used my strap before, I didn't know what to expect. I was also pleased to see that my strap fit every hand and every horn it was tried on.
An unexpected comment came from one of the buyers at the symposium who tested my strap against another popular strap. She said she switched to my Comfy Horn Strap because there are no exposed Velcro hooks to snag her case lining while she removes her horn from the case.
Another comment I received was posted on the horn list telling how she liked mine for it's softer and more comfortable fabric than the stiff nylon canvas strap she had used before.
If you are interested in purchasing a horn strap, the cost for one Comfy Horn Strap is $25.00 ($20 for BE students). Shipping is $4.00. (I ship overseas at no extra charge.) Additional Comfy Horn straps are $20.00 each. I accept PayPal, money orders or personal checks. I cheerfully accept returns for a refund minus shipping costs.
YES! As of 11/9/13, I am still making & selling Comfy Horn Straps. I've distributed 120 or more Comfy Horn straps since I started. It a nice feeling knowing that I'm helping 120 horn players be happier and more successful!
To order, email me at: ValerieW78 "at" Gmail "dot" com.
Happy horn playing!
Valerie Wells, The Balanced Embouchure Method
The Comfy Horn Strap is made of 100% cotton twill. It is strong, flexible, yet soft to the touch, similar to old denim. As you use the Comfy Strap through the years, it will slightly conform to the to the shape of your hand, much like old denim jeans be more "comfy." The horn strap is durable as well. I've used the same strap for 5 years.