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I would like to get a high profile chin rest like the one FM uses .

 Any one know what its called and where I can get one? 

 Think I will try not using shoulder rest.

Anyone have  good stories about their experiences going that route ?   violin-student

FM what made you decide not to use shoulder rest?

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LB I don't think it's a matter of using a shoulder rest or what type of chin rest.  Thoughs things are very personal from one person to another. What works for one may not work for another.  Can I suggest you talking off your shoulder rest and then using different thickness sponges to find the hieght which is right for you.  You can do the same with chin rests and just put sponges there unil it's comfortable for you. One you can see how high you like it and where you like it then you can find a rest suitable for you.

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I eliminated my shoulder rest entirely but only after crafting my own chin rest.

If you want tall, the SAS is a candidate but I, personally, do not like it.

It's very tedious to get a good chinrest because most of them hardly work and certainly not "one size fits all".  (The shoulder rest was invented because off-the-shelf chinrests are lousy.)

FM has a tall chin rest but he does not play it that way.  See "Jazz Improvisation Part 2" instruction video.

If you would like to hear my personal prejudices about chin rests selection just say so.  (one old bird to another!)

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OK sounds like its not going to be a quick turnover. So here is how I will start.  I took the shoulder rest off , gonna play with out it for a few days, using the same chin rest then make a decision. Lots of good ideas though. I will keep you posted on how it turns out.exactly

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Are you using one of the popular chin rests ?

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Just the one that came on it, dont know what it is.   kinda small mounts to the left of the tail piece.

I can already tell I like playing with out shoulder rest. makes my elbow swing more under the violin and feels like it improves whole posture.

When my elbow moves to the right creates large flat surface on collar bone.

Really think I might be on to something here.

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LB,
I actually did it while in college because my teacher whom I respected and admired didn't use one and neither did most of his best students.

The first step is in my opinion to find a nice model chin-rest. That is the tough part depending on where you live. I can get you the same model as I have which is called Stuber but you may want to build it up as I did. I don't think so though. We are all built very differently and for this reason there are endless models available.
Study this site and you will find some great information: http://chinrests.com/chinrests.htm

When using playing without a shoulder-rest you should feel as though the violin is going to stay put without having to apply extra pressure. If you need to squeeze then you need more hight or a good shoulder rest.

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WOW!  Here is a researcher who claims there are only 3 commercial chin rests worth considering.  Looks like a tidy site.

coffee2   http://www.stradpet.com/_d271873847.htm

I have to wonder if these choices are based on sales activity?

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Maybe because they sell an accessory called the Stradpet neck guard and it is made to fit those three. LOL

Anything for a buck huh? They look like they can be quite comfortable though.

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Don't make fun until you check the price.  smile

http://www.sharmusic.com/shop......s=stradpet

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That is outrageous. Who do they think we are?

How is it possible? roflolroflolroflolroflol

I don't want one anymore.

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Must be organic grass fed cattle.exactly

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I never thought about that. Maybe it's worth it then. LOL

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Hey, happy cows cost more , but taste better!exactly

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