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Professionally designed Lap Pad to support the euphonium while playing in a sitting position. Improve and maintain a good posture while playing. Non-slip material, both top and bottom provides secure placement in the lap with minimal slippage. Adjustable by removing or inserting additional high density foam. LPT-001 is manufactured in the USA.
Link to unsolicited review from Algridas Matonis
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Posted by Kris on 3rd Mar 2016
I bought one to help prop up my new Wessex Tornister tuba. At 11 1/2 lbs and shorter than my euphonium, you either need to wear a neck strap to support it while playing, or resort to a lap pad or stand to hold it at the proper height. The lap pad comes close to fulfilling the mission, but could be helped with another inch or two of padding space.
Posted by Unknown on 19th Jan 2016
Great product, does exactly what I needed, which was to raise the instrument a few inches so that I can maintain good posture.
Posted by Phil on 12th Jan 2016
Fantastically simple, yet more effective than a pillow. A major improvement in my posture has made playing much more comfortable.
The only thing that would make this 5 stars + would be a small fabric loop on the non-Velcro end. That would allow it to easily hook onto a case handle (since it's too large to fit inside).
Posted by David Bjornstad on 24th Nov 2015
It is a very lucky euphonium player whose mouthpiece lines up precisely with his/her chops when the horn is resting on his/her thigh or in his/her lap. I was not one of the lucky ones; my teacher noticed that I had a bit of a slump when I was playing in a seated position. I tried several remedies to raise the horn; none was satisfactory, so I just lived with the slump and the ensuing backaches that developed if I played seated for any length of time. Then several months ago I ordered the Lap Pad. My response to having used it -- Where have you been all my life?
I see no need to go through the details of how the Lap Pad is made or how it works; that information is covered in the website. What matters to me is that it DOES work. The combination of the Lap Pad and the Hand Strap ensures that the horn is held securely, without any slippage, at exactly the right height. No more slumping, and what's more important for someone my age -- no more backache. I give the Lap Pad my highest recommendation.
If I may append one piece of advice, when arranging the foam inserts, allow for perhaps 1/2" extra lift. The foam is hard to compress, but there will be a bit of a dent made as the bottom bow of the horn rests on the pad. Allow for this in advance, in order to ensure proper elevation as the horn settles into the pad.
Posted by Dennis Miller on 9th Nov 2015
The cushion allows me to sit up straighter which has improved breathing and equalize mouthpiece pressure. An unexpected benefit is feeling more comfortable standing and playing because of comparable horn position to playing seated with cushion. A well designed, simple product.
Posted by Unknown on 20th Oct 2015
I started doubling on euph last year and found the position uncomfortable and caused embouchure difficulties. Tried to make the best of it until I discovered your Euphonium Lap Pad. It's invaluable
and has solved both issues.......comfort and embouchure. To my ear the horn even sounds more resonant. Thank you for a fine product.
Posted by Fred Tempas on 8th Jul 2015
it's well made and does its job. Nice that it is adjustable.
Posted by Patrick Flanigan on 14th May 2015
I used the euphonium lap at my recent music rehearsal after receiving it. I had been using a custom pillow. I will say that the lap pad seemed to improve my playing quite a bit over the pillow as it held the horn at the correct height better. The only recommendation I'd have was to make it a little longer to fit on the lap better.
Posted by Bill on 27th Apr 2015
While I'm just 6"2" I do sit a bit high in the saddle. Holding on to my euphonium adds stress which shows up in my tone. I'm a firm believer that the more relaxed I am the better my tone will be. This pad allows that relaxation. It really works!
Posted by Dave in California on 2nd Apr 2015
Euphoniums present a problem other instruments don't: getting the mouthpiece at exactly the right height without having to either bend or bear the weight of the horn in the left arm. For years I tried rolled up towels, blocks of styrofoam and actually lifting the horn off my lap to lift it to the exact height (which varies depending on chair height, by the way), and all I got was frustration and tendonitis.
The euphonium lap pad finally solves the problem. It's adjustable so that you can center the mouthpiece exactly right while still resting the weight of the horn on your leg. It has a nonskid surface so that it doesn't slid off like the towels do. And it's unobtrusive, unlike the strap-on braces.
Other than being slightly pricey for a simple package of styrofoam, I can't think of a downside, and I look forward to using this lap pad for the rest of my euphonium career. Wish I'd thought of it.
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