Why the ERGObrass?
The ERGObrass helps you to keep a good posture and breathe more freely and efficiently. Would it not be better to lean, or even hang, your arms on the horn rather than keep them continually tensed up?
Yes, I’m trying to open your eyes…
If you really focus on the normal playing position, you will realize that it is really not sensible to stay for hours and hours in a static tensed position like this. I mean, really, if you could play without the "normal" static tension, why wouldn't you?
Health issues have become important
The way the horn is played was developed about 500 years ago. They did not understand anything about the ergonomics back then.
Today we do understand the ergonomic challenges involved in this. Furthermore, modern horns have become a lot heavier; therefore, that old irrational tradition of holding your instrument with the everlasting static tension should be questioned.
Comfort after short adjusting time
You need some time to readjust your perception about horn playing. You need a moment to get used to the different feeling of the nearly weightless instrument. You also need to practise how to handle the horn, empty the water etc. Everything cannot obviously be done exactly the same way as before, but the new way is not any worse, just slightly different. After the learning period, you will enjoy playing with less tension.
Only after you have learned to play with it you can say whether it is good or not. But like always, it is a lot easier to condemn something new without even trying it out!
That is why we have the 30 days money back guarantee, so it is easy and safe way to give a try to this new and better way of playing the French horn! Just click the Order button and get your ERGObrass horn support, the new playing comfort will surprise you!
Is it awkward?
It is quite natural that a player, who has been playing for years, will go through an experiment and adjustment period when first using the ERGObrass support. Most of players have developed some tiny little movements during playing. The player does not need them really anywhere, in fact he or she does not even know about most of these habits. That is why it might feel strange to play with the support. But it is only a matter of some days or weeks, and a player will get used to ERGObrass and finds a new way to make his or hers typical movements, only now ERGObrass will be supporting the weight of the instrument. Now you can discover new and healthier ways of playing. You’ll find out very soon that you can turn and lean your horn with minimal effort. In fact the only real difference is that you feel more relaxed and playing is lighter and more comfortable.
Does it fit any horn?
Practically yes, although the structure of different horn models can be very polymorphic so we cannot give any guarantees for every horn model. Most horns are, however modifications of two different basic structures and there are available one attaching plate for each of them. The first one, the plate type "A" is designed originally for Alexander 1103 horn but it fits also on most Hans Hoyer horns, Schmid horns, Dieter Otto Horns, Paxmans and many others.
Here are a few example horn models and the needed plate type "A" attached.
Here are a few examples of ERGObrass horn support plate type "B" installed in a horn:
Will it fit in the horn case?
As there is only the little plate attached permanently to the horn, it shall fit easily in many horn cases. However, in some cases you need to adjust the paddings from the inside of the case. The support tubes and rod are approx. 30 cm long and easy transport.
How is the height adjusted?
It is most important that the instrument is at the right height - where you find it comfortable - when you play. You lift or descend the support rod into its counterpart. And as the horn is on a top of the spring, you can also smoothly and with a minimum force move it up and down a little bit while you play.
The support rod should always be close to vertical upright position when playing. If it is not, it might feel little unstable and pinching. So in the beginning do give attention for learning to keep the rod as carefully upright as you can. Soon it stays there automatically.
What does it look like?
The ERGObrass is designed to be as invisible as possible, it is simple and non-obtrusive.