In an email I recently received:
Just thought I would give you an update now that I have had BE for a couple months. First of all, you should know that I am a former horn major who like you, gave it up to pursue a "safer" profession. So I got a business degree. I have kept a horn or two around to play when I felt like it. Usually, I would practice hard for a couple months and then step back again. I have always had a good range, but it was a lot of work to stay in shape. I hoped that BE would help me keep up my chops with the 1/2 hour or hour I have each day.
All I can say is BE delivers. My range is up to over 5 full octaves. I can consistently hit high E's (which I never could do, even when I was a horn major). The great thing is that I know I have made this progress with a strong lip and not pressure. You have no idea how exciting it was the first time I played the entire long call without feeling shot afterwards! I can finally focus on the music and not worry about whether I am hurting my embouchure or not. Playing is so much more enjoyable. I have even thought about preparing for an audition or two.
From one "amateur" to another, thanks.