MERU Instrument Stands

When I attended the OHMI Conference in September, I had the great pleasure of meeting Cara O’Sullivan and Hayley Philippault, two amazing representatives of the MERU Organization.  MERU designs customized and ready-made products for people with disabilities, and they have created several stands for musical instruments.  Last month they won two “Enabling Apparatus” awards for the 2018 OHMI Competition!

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Cara and Hayley with their Instrument Stands and Awards

The Trombone Support Bracket is a 3D printed piece that attaches to a trombone to hold it securely to a cymbal stand.  This piece is inexpensive to produce, and Cara and Hayley brought a 3D printer to the conference to show how quickly it can be made.

The Euphonium and Tuba Stand fits a variety of low brass instruments.  The height and angle of the instrument can be adjusted to suit the player.

Low Brass Stand

Euphonium Stand

Holding an instrument is a major challenge for musicians with physical disabilities, and the MERU stands prove that accessibility can be high-quality, elegant, and affordable.  I can’t wait to see what they create next!

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Trumpet Stand Prototype

 

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