I always keep it in my pocket, and since it doesn't make any sound and is quite discrete, I can use it almost whereever I want.
It's also so small that you can always bring it with you without any problems.
Product itself is made from high quality material. The surface is quite smooth and easy to clean.
The item itself is very well manufactured; the silver plate is flawless, and it's very comfortable to use. It's also very easy to overdo the exercises, and Warburton do make this point themselves on their instructional videos. A little definitely goes a long way with this product.
I find this to be a very valuable tool for keeping the muscles of the embouchure strong when I have an enforced absence from the horn, such as on long business trips. However, it's not a substitute for practice, and I prefer not to use it as a supplement to practice either, as it's so easy to overdo. This is user error, however, and not a design flaw.
The quality is excellent and its comfortable to hold, comes with clear instructions on the different methods that can be used....
... but the big question is, does it work?
In short - Yes, with certain proviso's.
1) This is not a substitute for regular practice.
2) It's possible to over-use it and leave your lip muscles feeling overly stiff the following day (with undesirable effects on your playing) - there's a fine line between doing good and over-doing it.
3) It's not a good idea to use before practice. In the evening (in front of the TV, for example) when it's not going to impact on your days playing, however, does yield some positive effects.
There's no substitute for proper practice, but these exercizes compliment it nicely.
I use this almost every day in my car while driving to work. I admit, I get some strange looks when cars pass in a traffic jam, but I do not mind because this tool is helping me in getting a stronger enbouchure, more overall endurance and even a greater reach in my upper register.
This tool does not replace regular exercise, flexibility exercises and long notes, but it really helps me with time management.
I do not care a lot about all those different trainers, but this one always goed with me when I leave the house.
Thanks Thomann for the great service (as usual)
PETE is absolutely phenomenal to understand which muscles to use in a correct embochure. It was a colective "eureka" moment for everyone that tryied it!
Good build quality too.
HIGHLY recommend it!
The service and speed of delivery from Thomann to the UK was first class.