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MrYikes
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Here is my first attempt at making a chin rest:

 

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 Its going to take some time to get it right.  It is small, but it started bigger, I just kept filing away the parts I didn't want.  I now need to use it for a couple of days to find what to change.

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Lookiing good. What kind of wood is that?

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balsa.  Makes it really easy to shape.  I'll use different wood when I figure out what I want.

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It looks good. A great project

Have you thought of making a mould of the part of you sits there and working from that? 

If you could do that it would have to be comfortable

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 Wow.. that is very cool.  I am envious of the talent of the folks to make violin parts and modifications.  :) You might be onto a wonderful new design...

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John: problem is that I don't know where the chin rest wants to be or where my jaw should be sitting.  You would think that after 6 mo. I would know, but I'm learning that I know a whole lot less than I think I should.

 

cpo: I very much doubt that.  There have been some very intelligent people designing these.

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Just a suggestion that may help mate

If I where doing it I might try this.

Take the chin rest off. Cover the rear end of my violin with something to protect it.

Then find some mouldable material (perhaps play clay) and sit it where the chin rest should be. Then I'd put the violin in the playing position and put my chin on it. 

I'd move my chin into a position that feels good and then have a look at the clay. And I'd probably do this a number of times to make sure that I get the optimal shape.

Doing this you may be able to get your violin to fit 'you' rather than you having to try to fit 'it'. :)

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Great concept John.  I was  using a Gueraneri sp? which puts the jaw bone on the left side of the violin and a shoulder rest.  I am doing away with both so I have to work with the violin for a couple of weeks to figure out where I want to put things.   I can state right now that this move so far has really messed up my playing.  But it will all work out in the end.  Thank you for your thoughts, I appreciate it.

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Ferret said
Just a suggestion that may help mate

If I where doing it I might try this.

Take the chin rest off. Cover the rear end of my violin with something to protect it.

Then find some mouldable material (perhaps play clay) and sit it where the chin rest should be. Then I'd put the violin in the playing position and put my chin on it. 

I'd move my chin into a position that feels good and then have a look at the clay. And I'd probably do this a number of times to make sure that I get the optimal shape.

Doing this you may be able to get your violin to fit 'you' rather than you having to try to fit 'it'. :)

This is exactly whaat i was going tosay. cat is helping me type

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You mentioned elsewhere a problem with tension.  I think the hold, as related to chin and shoulder rests, is the first place to look. 

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Yep Ru, and thus making the changes.

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I was considering getting a 3D printer to make chinrests but it seems they are so problematic. Has anyone here tried using one?

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