StoneDog is now in possession of the TRAVELING FIDDLE in Warrendale, Pennsylvania. :-)
I think there is a very important picture available on this site which is included below. I figure that the violin is in balance with an assist from the shoulder. Note how far left the violin is. The chin rest appears even further left.
"Shoulder" is usually a dirty word in holding a violin. People say that the "shrug" is surely the wrong posture for securing a violin BUT, NOT if most of that space is mostly negated by a very tall chin rest.
Balance requires a fulcrum or pivot point. What is available from the center of the neck going left? The collar bone? That is a very tricky ledge even if I have seen people play that way. I consider this Fiddlerman picture to be much more aggressive and "bullet proof".
I'm not suggesting that the violin lays on the forearm or bicep. Those positions are mostly the region of fiddlers. I am saying that some chin rests PREVENT going left and that is why the center mount was introduced. The center mount however forced everything higher which may not have been welcome.
I've been told that I have the right build for holding the violin. I can usually get anyone to hold the violin the right way but often we need to experiment with the chin-rests. You've become a real expert at this Oliver
Soon, hopefully, a picture of you holding your fiddle.
Yes, I believe you do have the right build for holding a violin and some people are really challenged to do that. But I also think there is "good", "best', "better" for almost anyone but it may take a lot of trials($) to find out what fits best. It helps to know the principles involved.
I will do a photo, eventually : )
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