( Excerpt from previous e-mail to Fiddlerman. ) ( photos below text )
Before you ask what is this ! ? Let me go step by step.
First, the piece is whittled for a very close fit to my chin/jaw. No discomfort at all.
You can also see that the chin rest has a long taper down to the violin
surface. No leading edge bumps which would urge the violin AWAY.
Rather, the slope creates a long wedge BACK towards me.
The triangular profile from the back also accomodates the jawbone ( left
drop-off ) I believe that can be an issue with commercial CR's.
Maybe the best part is invisible. That is that this configuration has
improved recovery action when things get pushed around. I mean, that if
I am about to "loose it", my chin pressure will act to direct the
violin back towards the neck and collarbone. ( I believe that
mechanical people call this "absolute stability".) In any case it is
very user friendly. I can play for hours and not even know it is there !
I have a second trial going on with my electric but I can tell it is acting the same.
PS Yes, I use a shoulder rest with this CR being that it is very low.
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BTW Oliver, I think that you have to change permissions in order for us to see those pictures. You can also upload them here using the Insert/edit image button above the text field when posting. This would probably be easier.
Fiddleman said that I had posted pictures incorrectly in the past. I'll try again if I can remember his instructions. Check back later. ( maybe 10:30 ).
P.S. No luck. Site says my pictures (JPG) are too big to post from "browse" function because I can not exceed 51.2 KB.
Pictures should be up tomorrow because I will rework them in my other computer photoshop app.
I took the default settings as far as max image size is concerned. I could raise it a bit but maybe when the forum becomes big I'll be needing the space.
Here is a simple fast and free online image resizer. The only problem is that you don't know in advance how big it will be, only the resolution. Try simply choosing jpg quality to GOOD.
I have actually seen chinrests like this before. In fact, I recently got a fixer upper fiddle that had a chin rest just like this actually glued to the top (what a mess lol). The problem I see with this is that the cr offers no protection to the violin. Eventually you would end up removing all the varnish from the chin rest area of the violin. Needless to say, this could be very damaging to the instrument.
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