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Ordered a Bon Musica shoulder rest
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I broke down and ordered a Bon Musica shoulder rest today to compare to my Wolf Forte Secondo shoulder rest. I like my Wolf, and it's better than the Everrest, but it still feels like it might slide off my shoulder and I'm starting to realize how much tension that creates.  

I especially notice the tension when I'm practicing vibrato.  When I have the Wolf situated JUST RIGHT, I have enough relaxation to almost get a vibrato. But if things shift even a little bit, the tension creeps in and everything seizes up.

From the pictures of reviews of the Bon Musica, it looks like it might hook over my shoulder more securely, so I hope that results in a lot more relaxation. It should arrive Wednesday. I really shouldn't have spent the money, but...I've been practicing for much longer periods of time, so I think it might alleviate some of the discomfort I've been feeling. 

Fingers crossed!

-Daniel (DSO)

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Mine just arrived today. Can't wait to get it adjusted and "installed"

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Ripton said
Mine just arrived today. Can't wait to get it adjusted and "installed"

Awesome! It looks like there are so many ways to adjust it that it may take awhile to find the "perfect" configuration. Let me know how you like yours after you get a chance to work with it!

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I'm also in the market for a rest for the new fiddle. Looks like this one is well loved. I think I may go with it

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Daniel_Shaped_Object said
I broke down and ordered a Bon Musica shoulder rest today to compare to my Wolf Forte Secondo shoulder rest. I like my Wolf, and it's better than the Everrest, but it still feels like it might slide off my shoulder and I'm starting to realize how much tension that creates.  

I especially notice the tension when I'm practicing vibrato.  When I have the Wolf situated JUST RIGHT, I have enough relaxation to almost get a vibrato. But if things shift even a little bit, the tension creeps in and everything seizes up.

From the pictures of reviews of the Bon Musica, it looks like it might hook over my shoulder more securely, so I hope that results in a lot more relaxation. It should arrive Wednesday. I really shouldn't have spent the money, but...I've been practicing for much longer periods of time, so I think it might alleviate some of the discomfort I've been feeling. 

Fingers crossed!

-Daniel (DSO)

That's funny because I order the exact same rest on Sunday!  And pretty much for the same reasons.  Hope it works for us.

Never mind maneuvers, just go straight at them.

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Will love to see all your comments.  It is on my list for my next Shoulder rest.  I need a lot of adjustment option.  woo hoo.

Vibrato Desperato.... Desperately seeking vibrato

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Received my Bon Musica just now from the USPS.  First impressions are positive.  I put it on right out of the box with no adjustments and my violin already feels three or four times steadier.  I played a few notes and my left hand seemed to be able to relax more.  It sits higher than I have grown accustomed to, not unreasonably so, but it is higher.

We'll see what happens after adjusting, but my first impression is positive!

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I love  mine.  Do take the time to adjust it to exactly where it fits you perfectly.  It does require a lot of fussing around to make it perfect, but it's almost infinitely adjustable and when you find the exact correct configuration, it's completely effortless to hold the violin.

A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort. ~Herm Albright

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I can't wait to get mine!

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Just got my Bon Musica shoulder rest today as well. I really like it. I shot a quick video to show it off for anyone who's curious. This video features a few vibrato attempts and also some really mortifying bowing (practically right on the fingerboard, lol!). But hey, what can I say, I was distracted by my new shiny thing!   :-P

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For all of you guys that are getting the Bon Musica.  The company has a video on how to adjust it.   Maybe these will help some of you.

A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort. ~Herm Albright

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Oh, thanks for that, Uzi! I'm sure I will be tweaking it over the next week or two, so that will probably come in handy.

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Mine finally arrived after being stuck at one location while in transit for over a week! T I thought USPS lost it!

 

Anyway, I seemed to have more issue with it the the others here.

1st issue  - I could get it on the Violin! Way, way to tight.

2nd issue -  It made the Violin Way, way to high.

Whats more, Adjusting for one issue makes the other worse?

On to issue 1,  With way it arrived, putting it on the violin would have buckled it. I had to flex the rest outwards as much as possible.  I was limited as how much I could flex due to the upper adjustment bolt already hitting against the hook past of the support. What worse, I really needed to adjust the bolt in more more less neck height, making even less flex. In the end, I guess it's ok now.

Issue 2, I guess I have discovered I have a freakishly short neck. I never knew that! I'm a 5' 11" guy even! Out of the box, my already lowish chin rest now sat about an inch too high with the rest on? This with the top grip adjustment allm the way in and it's screw already touching the hook plate? In the end I had to shorten gripper bolts with a Dremel rotary cutter to screw them in enough. lowering the rest to about 1/2 inch from the back. And now it's somewhat acceptable. I think I should have gone with the FM makeup pad? Those metal pivots are really close to the back of my beautiful violin back, and that makes me kinda nervous.

 

All this said, it does now seem to work, and can finally balance the violin easily with my chin. ( I guess I also have freakishly sloped shoulders? )  :-)

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gosh sounds like you had a time!  but i'm sure it's nothing to do with your shape.  we're  all different to some extent!

i received mine (decided to order based on the original post, thx) earlier in the week and finally had a chance to try it out.  Had to pull it out a bit to fit the violin, but not a huge amount.  cranked out the non-chin-rest side all the way, yea!  finally enough height!  and the shoulder side, moved the piece so it would sit further up on the shoulder, and in (two adjustments) and bent it a little more, and wala, seems to work fine.  definitely it WAY more stable.  only played with it a couple hours, and was trying out a new chin rest at the same time, so i need more time, but there's no question it's working out better for me than the kuhn that i had.  i like it.  i would say, it is extremely adjustable, which is probably the best thing that could be said for any shoulder rest! the difficulty if anything is in deciding just how to adjust it!  i'm happy with mine... i just need to readjust my playing to the new position the violin sits in now, a happy problem :)

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I gotta work on it some more. Feels like it rides too high and not comfortable. 

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