For directors, parents, and students searching for a possible preventative measure while playing brass and wind instruments through the COVID-19 pandemic, Stretchable Covers by SAS may be a solution.
Bands normally use customizable bell covers to add a uniform visual element, but the pandemic brought about a new use.
“Corona came, and we were there,” says creator Paul Speert. He describes the covers as “a face mask for your bell.”
The company doesn’t make any scientific claims, but Speert says that the covers simply serve as barriers. “It doesn’t restrict the sound from coming through, but it helps restrict the droplets,” Speert says.
The Stretchable Covers are available for a range of instruments, from sousaphone to clarinet. They are machine washable, and their soft material can also be used for wiping down instruments, Speert says.
Visit stretchablecovers.com for more details. Orders and customizations can be done for as few as one item.