Lyres: The saviour of the marching band, not to be confused with the ancient instrument related to the Harp.
A lyre is a handy evolution of the music stand that attaches to your instrument and holds your music. This allows you freedom to move without having to have your music memorised or having to stay in visual range of your Stand making it a must have for any wind player of any ability.
Lyres are most commonly used by Marching Bands but are useful for any situation where room is tight or on occasions when a static music stand is not suitable, such as carolling.
Which Is best for me?
There are three key types of Lyres for Cornet/Trumpets.
Clamp On Bell: The first type clamps onto your bell. These hold you your music firmly with minimal movement.
Clamp on Lead-Pipe: The second type is a variation on this
clamps onto your Lead-pipe with a Screw
Lyre Box: The third is screwed into place. Although possibly not as stable as previously mentioned models this variation is one of the most versatile as its height can be altered and once screwed firmly into place, it is very secure (These are not appropriate for all models).
Clarinet Lyre: The Clarinet Lyre fits to the metal ring at the top of the lower joint. Once in place make sure it is tightly fitted to avoid it sliding down and potentially scratching the keys or getting in the way of the keys.
Saxophone Lyre:This fits near the top of the Saxophone and is screwed into place with a small screw that should be on your instrument.
Flute Lyre: The Flute has two key Lyres. The first works by clamping onto your Flute then can be tightened with the screw attached. It also allows for length adjustment enabling you to have your music at the optimum distance. These fit at the top of the flute.
Wrist Lyre: The second model wraps around your wrist with the clip sticking up. As to which is better, it is difficult to say. Ultimately it is whatever you feel more comfortable with as it is really down to personal preference.