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I have recently realized that my standard chin rest and shoulder rest are possibly the cause of some discomfort after playing/practicing. The shoulder rest acts like a fulcrum allowing the violin to tilt into the collarbone causing it to rub, also the end pin digs into my neck. I've tried taking the shoulder rest off and using a pad like FM, but the chin rest is too low and too far to the left. I have ordered a 35mm "Berlin" style chin rest so that I may try another type. If this doesn't work, I'll be looking for suggestions or I simply may make my own.
And when oh when will I be a real person and won't need primary math answers any longer?
Chin rests come in different heights as do shoulder rests as i'm sure you know ...best fit of each may require a trip to a violin shop for fitting ...
Here's a pic of a chin rest i'm very happy with ...no more neck pain ...then again i don't use a shoulder rest preffering the violin to rest nicely on my collar bone ...good luck with yer quest ...
Hi Tucs, I believe that style is called "flesch", correct me if I'm wrong. I saw those, but they looked too flat. Could have been just a bad picture though.
Going to my local violin shop,,,,,well I live outside a town called "Gnaw Bone",,,we ain't got them here about. Though, right up the road we got the international violin competitions going right now.
But the rest you have is what I'm after,,,getting more centered. Thanks.
Yes Tucs. I've seen those chin rests. They look interesting being in the centre. May have to try one if I get the chance.
When it comes to shoulder rests, I suggest you look at the Wolf Forte Secondo. They are 'very' adjustable. Both end heights can be changed easily and you can just bend the whole thing to make it a shape that fits you. I use one and really like it. The only other that I 'may' consider is the 'Slipper'
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I was in a nearby shop the other day. A luthier and I were speaking and he was talking about custom equipment. He said that he had an entire violin set specially made for him and it was a very extensive process, all the way down to the custom fine tuners. I haven't seen his fiddle but maybe their is somewhere you can get a custom chin rest and shoulder pad. Maybe poly-foam. Do not judge to harshly on my suggestion, I am sure I know very little compared to most. Haha. I ho
pe that what you find is what suites you best.
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I wanted to throw one unusual chinrest out there- I had trouble with setup, and injury, too... especially since I have a long neck. I ended up with a solution that put height on the top of the instrument instead of from underneath, which helped my right arm as well, since the instrument wasn't so elevated.... These ones also adjust tilt- before you put it on the violin, you can loosen a screw underneath and change the tilt of the plate... They're kind of pricey, but worth it I think, and come in several different heights (the tallest is really tall!!!) They have them for viola, too!
SAS Chinrests (from the UK maybe?) but sold in a couple of US shops.
Thanks FM and Toni, I enjoy the freedom. I am well into position. I am very comfortable than I was. You should experience to believe it; but as you said it works for some. Toni I had never used a shoulder rest. What does not work for one, may work for others. May I get some hearing problem, being close to the left 'f' hole, only time will tell. I sing with my violin.
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Give me excess of it ..(William Shakespeare in Twelfth Night)
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