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Center chin rest?
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KindaScratchy
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April 13, 2012 - 8:05 pm
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Last week, my violin teacher recommended that I modify my hold so that the neck is a bit more in front of me. The new position seems to have helped me keep my bow going straight, and thus, I'm not hitting adjacent strings as much and the tone generally sounds better. But...now it seems like my chin is more toward the center of the violin, which feels OK except that it's not centered in the chin rest.

The other day I noticed in a catalog that there is such a thing as a center chin rest. So, I'm wondering if anyone has used one and what you think about it.

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My rest is centered where it attaches to the violin but the cup portion is still off to the high side a far bit.

I don't believe I've ever seen one that was in the center, ...directly over the tailpiece peg?

wow... news to me.dunno

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My Flesch goes across the middle. I may change to the 'old Flesch' as it seems to have a better contour

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cdennyb said
My rest is centered where it attaches to the violin but the cup portion is still off to the high side a far bit.

I don't believe I've ever seen one that was in the center, ...directly over the tailpiece peg?

wow... news to me.dunno

Here's one: http://www.buy.com/pr/product......rid=411737

Not the same vendor as the catalog that I have, but essentially the same thing.

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COOL! Today wasn't a total loss after all. I learnt sumpthin new... thanks for the link...thumbs-up

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Fiddlerman
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April 13, 2012 - 9:35 pm
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I can sell that one for $6.90 plus 5.95 for shipping = $12.85
Free shipping if you surpass $99 thumbs-up Have to make money somewhere.

http://fiddlershop.com/Accesso.....r_chinrest

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KindaScratchy
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Fiddlerman said

I can sell that one for $6.90 plus 5.95 for shipping = $12.85
Free shipping if you surpass $99 thumbs-up Have to make money somewhere.

http://fiddlershop.com/Accesso.....r_chinrest

Cool! Thanks Fiddlerman! I'll order it tomorrow. Is it a big deal to change a chin rest?

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Scratchy, I too had the exact same issues when I first got my violin and immediately changed to the Flesch center-mount (directly over the tailpiece) with no hump, and it suits me perfectly.

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I also had issues with the chin rest that came with the violin. I did research and found that others had similar problems, with their chin landing over the tailpiece and their jaw not touching the shallow cup to the left of the tailpiece. There are several models of center mount chinrests. I hope that the Wittman you sent a link for works for you. There are others - as mentioned above, Flesch (with hump and no hump), and Berber/Ohrenform and others.  Right now I use either the Berber or a Teka (not a center mount, but works for me).  But I always have to readjust my shoulder rest, no matter what I use. It is not difficult to change a chin rest.  The Wittman I think has little screws in the bottom of the 2 clamp legs to tighten it against the body of the violin, so you need a fairly tiny screwdriver.  Other clamp models are installed and uninstalled with a special little chinrest tool. In those cases, I just used a tiny screwdriver in the holes being very careful not to poke all the way through so as not to scratch the violin.  I hope I haven't confused you. dazed I do hope the Wittman works for you.

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Scratchy, just to clarify, the correct name is Wittner, not Wittman, as you may have noticed. Also, the one Fiddlerman speaks of in his shop has a different name, but looks the same.

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I went back to the distributor and double checked the name and all. It seems this distributor has the wrong picture for this product. facepalm This particular distributor has made 3 errors already in my short time working with them. Fortunately the others are not that way.

I'll know for sure on Monday when I call them. In the meanwhile I'll disable that product.

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Ok, I'll wait on ordering. No rush. Thanks for looking into this!

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0229080449-00.jpgImage Enlarger0305080338-00.jpgImage EnlargerI got to thinking about the center chin rest. I had raised my chin rest by adding some blocks to build it higher, which I posted pictures in a different post.

I moved it to the center, over the tailpiece. What a difference it made, my left elbow falls naturally under the violin, and then some. Makes it easier to reach the G string. And I believe it does give you a straighter bow over the strings.

So far, I like it.  Also shown is the small plastic cap under the E string the luthier put on when he fit a new bridge and some other work. No need for the plastic sleeve on the string.

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Good job. Congratulations on finding something that works for you. Lots of people ask me about how to get their chin-rests built up and this thread has some great tips for that. If anyone wants to do a how to step by step like Keven did with his how to cut a bridge tutorial, I think it would be greatly appreciated and I could make a special post on the site for it too.

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