So, readers of this blog, I'd like to propose a scavenger hunt that will most likely involve a trip to your neighborhood hardware store (and might invite a few stares, as well).
The theme: "Expensive Gadgets that May or May Not Help But We're Reluctant to Buy Them Because They Cost So Darn Much"
(EGMMNHBWRBTBTCSDM, for short)
The first item is one I've discussed a posting some time ago. Please note, I'm not endorsing this thing (in fact, I don't endorse it!). I'm just saying that, if you really really want to get one, you can find a much cheaper version at the hardware store.
The device in question is the Power Lung. My blog posting, ETW (part 2), pretty much slammed it but pointed out that you could run to the hardware store and buy a ball valve that seems to do pretty much the same thing.
Ball Valve...89 cents
Power Lung Series P617B..$100 (on their website today)
Hmmm, which price do you prefer?
OK, so here are the next items I think we should hunt for. I haven't tried either one for aforementioned reason that they are somewhat pricey and I don't know if they're valid.
Hey, they may be great.....or maybe not. I dunno.
But.. if we can come up with a cheap hardware store version that does pretty much the same thing...COOL!
New Item #1: Chop Sticks
These are a working out of an idea that has been around for a long time...holding something like a pencil between your lips to strengthen the embouchure.
The starter kit of chop sticks rolls in at $24.95. Maybe it's great, maybe not.
Let's see if any of you are motivated to run to the hardware store to find something comparable and a whole lot cheaper.
New Item #2: P.E.T.E. The Personal Embouchure Training Exerciser
This is newer, I think. Once again, maybe great, maybe not. It costs $34.95 for the plastic version, $39.95 for the brass version and $69.95 for the gold-plated version.
Look closely at the shape of it and then try to find a good substitute.
If you find something that could work as a good substitute, email me the jpeg and I'll blog it.
Happy Holiday Hunting, Scavengers!