Well then, pros and cons. Let’s start with the cons:
- You need to learn a few new habits on how to handle the horn both while playing and not playing.
- While you play, you have a lot of freedom to move with the horn, but you cannot lift it very high up – but is that actually very important?
- In some horn cases you may need to make some adjustments to fit the instrument in the case with the support plate.
- The price, yes it does cost something. If you get it for 130 euros and use it for 10 years about every day, it cost you less than 4 cents per day.
- One more con: the ERGObrass system goes against the old tradition. You need to readjust your attitude! We call it progress.
Then pros, I am glad, this list is a lot longer:
- In general, you are always a lot more relaxed. Usually, when you feel better, you'll sound better!
- More relaxed upper body, more efficient breathing and better air flow control! This is important!
- Usually a lot better posture automatically. You can adjust the mouth piece in the right height very easily
- In the long run, the possibility for playing related musculoskeletal problems, even injuries, diminish radically
- You do not get tired as easily, the Euphonium playing is physically demanding even without the “normal” tension!
- Soft and sensitive grip when you do not need to squeeze the instrument with your hands
- Right hand fingers function better when your grip is loose and sensitive and the palm is relaxed
- Once you have learned the new movements, more free feeling as the horn is nearly weightless. All normal movements can be done with the ERGObrass playing support
- In an orchestra, you do not need to put down and lift the horn so often, it is quite easy to keep the horn for a few bars in playing position and just balance it with your relaxed hands