Euphonium Support by ERGObrass
Euphonium support system
Why the ERGObrass?
Well, the reason for using it is actually very simple and obvious. A typical euphonium weigh about 4 to 5 kilos (9 to 11 lb). Your both arms weigh about the same each and you keep both of them up with the horn at the same time!
It is like having three pieces of one and a half litre water bottles hanging from your arms when playing standing up… That is a lot of weight! All the time when you play.
Of course, you can hold the horn and your arms in playing position that way. However, if you can avoid this, the important question is, is there really any sense keep on doing that? Would the playing be better in the long run if your arms, shoulders, neck and back could be more relaxed?
Health issues have become important
When the euphonium was first invented about 200 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 especially when played standing up should be questioned.
Comfort after short adjusting time
You need some time to readjust your perception about euphonium 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.
For more information about all ERGObrass systems, check the company's website.