- 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 and fabric shown above. 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 was also pleased to see that my strap fit every hand and every horn it was tried on.
Pictured to the right is a Comfy Waggie strap I made for Sandra McColl, a Wagner Tuba player in Australia. (The tan hand stiches shown are removable, temporary markers left in case the owner wants to trim off the excess strapping.)
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 giving her one less thing to "hassle" with.
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. (See testimonials to the right.)
If you are interested in purchasing a horn strap, the cost for one Comfy Horn or Comfy Waggie strap is $25.00. Shipping is $4.00 in the USA, $6.00 in other countries. Additional Comfy Horn or Comfy Waggie straps are $20.00 each. Those who purchase a Comfy Horn strap at the same time as The Balanced Embouchure for Horn, receive a $5.00 discount. I accept PayPal, major credit cards, money orders and personal checks. I cheerfully accept returns for a refund or modification. (For two special circumstances I have altered straps for a better fit... at no extra charge.)
To order, email me at: ValerieW78 "at" Gmail "dot" com.
Happy horn playing!
The Balanced Embouchure Method