ERGObrass French Horn Support

Pros and cons

Well then, pros and cons. Let’s start with the cons:

  1. You need to learn a few new habits on how to handle the horn both while playing and not playing.
  2. 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?
  3. In some horn cases you may need to make some adjustments to fit the instrument in the case with the support plate.
  4. 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.
  5. 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:

  1. In general, you are always a lot more relaxed. Usually, when you feel better, you'll sound better!
  2. More relaxed upper body, more efficient breathing and better air flow control! This is important!
  3. Usually a lot better posture automatically. This is especially important for kids!
  4. In the long run, the possibility for playing related musculoskeletal problems, even injuries, diminish radically
  5. You do not get tired as easily, the horn playing is physically demanding even without the “normal” tension!
  6. Soft and sensitive grip when you do not need to squeeze the instrument with your hands
  7. Left hand fingers function better when your grip is loose and sensitive and the palm is relaxed
  8. 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.
  9. 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
  10. Mutes make the instrument even heavier. You can change the mute easier whey you do not need to keep the horn up with your right hand