Many mistakenly call rims “embouchure visualizers,” but they have more uses than to observe the placement of one’s embouchure. The real value is to isolate the lip*s muscle fibers while buzzing. Jacobs cautions students not to buzz their lips without the use of a rim. Buzzing without a rim involves many more muscles than if the lips are supported with a rim. He recommends that buzzing should only be performed in the lower mid-range and for very short periods—two or three minutes maximum. We have developed trombone and tuba rims made of delrim that cost less than brass – great for students and use in the car. The rim is the same size as a Bach 1 1/2.