Over the past eighteen months, trombonist, teacher and bandleader Marcus Reynolds has had his eye on more than sheet music and big band charts. He’s been poring over technical drawings and specifications, in order to develop a simple brainwave into a new training device – a device that could revolutionise the way people learn and develop their brass instrument technique.
THIS IS WHAT SOME OF THE PRO’S ARE SAYING.
“If I’d have had a Stratos before I may not have had to retire so early!”
Terry Lax – Former principal trumpet of the Welsh National Opera (WNO)
“Wow! That was a Eb above Eb! And no mark on my lips so you can’t even tell I’ve been playing”
Stephen Sykes – Trombone soloist, has performed with Black Dyke and the Cory Bands
I believe this to be an invaluable tool for busy educators like myself.
Ld. Chris Jeans – International Trombone Soloist
After only 2 days of trying to play with it on she was making the best sound I had ever heard her make.
“I was so impressed with the result that I have bought one for myself”
Pamela Wedgwood – composer, educator and professional French horn player.
“Since studying with Marcus my range has gone up over an octave (beyond double C), my endurance has increased and my sound is bigger and richer.
Jim Woolley – a trumpet student of Marcus’s
My range has increased from struggling with a top C, which has been blown away with a top F played with consistency and ease. Not bad for a 76 year old!”
“I suddenly found I could hit top notes on top notes!
Ian McKay – a French horn student of Marcus’s
“The STRATOS is teaching me how to play with minimal pressure, and once I had developed my chops to play this way suddenly notes literally went stratospheric!
Marcus has produced a embouchure tool that is sure to revolutionize teaching and practicing brass instruments.
“His patient advice and teaching has helped me at times to produce such a massive tone from the trumpet that I have looked at the instrument in shock and disbelief –
James Firmin – a trumpet student of Marcus
I am thrilled with the transformation taking place in my playing through using your STRATOS. My sound is blossoming in the high register (French Horn g2 – g3).
You’ve under promised and over delivered. Thanks a million.
Andrew Joy, Cologne 10thof May, 2013
The STRATOS is a precision-engineered practice-aid adaptable to all brass instruments. lt comes with a DVD that shows you how to easily fit and remove it from your instrument and also how to adapt your embouchure to get the best from your newly-adjusted jaw position.
”If you practice even briefly with the STRATOS in place, its astonishing how quickly your muscle-memory stores the new position. After a little longer going through some of the exercises in the DVD, it becomes second nature. Players develop new muscle
strength in the right places, and instead of exerting unnecessary pressure, you can actually relax into higher notes, and increase the volume without strain “
The development of the STRATOS has been a technical challenge, but a great journey, says Marcus.
“One of the highlights has been the instant reactions of some of my current pupils, trying out prototypes. One trumpet player produced some of her loudest and highest notes even yet with perfect tone and said, simply “lts magic — it’s like all the lessons you’ve taught me coming back all at once”.
It’s astonishing how quickly your muscle-memory stores the new position…it soon becomes second nature.
Picture shows mouth piece with lips and teeth incorrectly aligned forcing air into bottom of mouth piece.
The Stratos attachment fitted to instrument
When attached the chin pushes into the spring loaded chin rest encouraging the bottom jaw forward .
Chin now forward, teeth aligned Stratos spring loaded piston compressed during practice.