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Trombone Spine Saver Stand

Trombone Spine Saver StandExcellent for trombone pain relief, the Trombone SpineSaver™ Performance Stand (Patent No. 7473833) relieves 100% of back, left hand and wrist stress commonly associated with trombone performance. It is fully maneuverable, taking into account three stress vectors: vertical, lateral and posterior/anterior.

Each vector has its own unique adjustment operated by quick-release set screw knobs for rapid, smooth and accurate adjustment, allowing the performer to achieve the exact mouthpiece angle desired. The newest model fits all makes of trombone, whether small bore, large bore tenor with F attachment or bass trombone with F and D valves.

Vertical adjustments are made secure with a set screw knob that will hold the heaviest of instruments without slippage.

Accessories include a belt clip attachment that clips to an ordinary key ring clip on any belt, allowing the player to go directly from seated to standing performance while remaining fully adjustable to the needs of the player.

The Trombone SpineSaver™ Performance Stand was invented out of a need to relieve the back stress accumulated after twenty years of trombone performance. Mr. Holtfreter had completed a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Music at the University of Michigan School of Music and was in his ninth year performing with The Galliard Brass Ensemble, a brass quintet based in Ann Arbor, Michigan when he discovered that he was experiencing rotation in the 5th lumbar vertebrae, stressing an adjacent vertebral disc. He consulted a doctor and, with the evidence of spinal x-rays, found that the 3rd cervical vertebrae and the 6th thoracic vertebrae were rotated as well. He underwent spinal adjustments to correct the problem, but the adjustments did not change the condition. It became apparent that holding the trombone for two or more hours a day was the source of the stress.

Upon devising a stand that eliminated the back stress, Mr. Holtfreter also discovered that the stand eliminated the stress of the left hand, as well as perfectly balancing the trombone at whatever angle or height he chose. Several of his trombone students tried the device and found that it worked in eliminating back pain which was interfering with their enjoyment of performing, not to mention their spinal health.

Mr. Holtfreter personally experienced a recovery of the spinal vertebrae mentioned above, resulting in an overall height change from 5’11” to 6’ 1”. He has been using the device ever since and has experienced 100% relief of back stress, as well as left hand stress while being able to adjust the trombone to any angle and height desired with just the flick of a quick-release cam.

The United States Patent and Trademark Office issued his patent no. 7473833 on January 6, 2009. The device is designed, prototyped and assembled in the United States and may be ordered from this website.