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What chinrest do you have and why?
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Mine came with the Guarnieri style that seems to be on most new violins.  My teacher almost immediately changed it to a side mounted Wittner.  The fixed one, not the adjustable style.  It works much better.  The Stuber looks similar to me.  I think I'm going to try one of those too.  

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I love the Stuber. Hope what ever you do get feels right to you.

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zpilot said
Mine came with the Guarnieri style that seems to be on most new violins.  My teacher almost immediately changed it to a side mounted Wittner.  The fixed one, not the adjustable style.  It works much better.  The Stuber looks similar to me.  I think I'm going to try one of those too.    

I tried the Stuber.  That is my pick now.  I like how my chin has a more positive purchase.  Between it and my Bon Musica shoulder rest my violin is not going anywhere I don't want it to.

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Funny enough, the Stuber Chin-rest was the one I used for the majority of my life. It's also on my personal violin that I have owned for about 30 years. Now a days I don't play on my own instrument very much so I play on whatever happens to be on the instrument that I am playing on. 🙂

I love the Stuber too.

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Why is it that almost all of the new fiddles I see for sale have Guarneri-style chin rests since, it seems to me, that most players almost immediately change it out for something else?    

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Hmm, I'd be interested in a chinrest recommendation for my viola. I currently use the Kaufmann chinrest that came with it; it's supposedly one of the lower chinrests on the market but I find that it still digs into my jawbone a little more than I'd like. (I'm also already using a low-mounted shoulder rest -- it's a Mach One, but with shorter legs borrowed from a Muco shoulder rest.)

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DSCN1234-1.JPGImage EnlargerThis is on Jane. I shaved the rest down to its lowest possible point, but it was at an angle so I put a folded leather piece under to raise it up. There is not much room between the rest and the tailpiece vertically. There is a slight lip rearward and a leather patch on the rest that my jaw finds comfortable. Jane also has a leather wrap on her rib.

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zpilot: I believe that when you put your chin on the left side of the violin, the G string is easier to play. Many beginners have small hands and this makes a difference to them. At one time I played with my chin on the right side of the violin and I liked it, but I was having trouble with the G string so I moved to a center rest.

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My Stuber rest really only goes on the left side.  I agree about the access to the G string.  Funny but I have seen several videos of authentic Irish fiddlers with rests on the left but with their chins completely off of it to the right.

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Well, the most common chin-rest is still the Guarneri but even the most common is not the chin-rest that is most commonly used because there are so many types available. Now a days, I don't mind the Guarneri at all plus it's center mounted which can benefit the sound by mounting over the block.

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Since I play a right handed fiddle left handed I. Used a couple of different normal right handed chin rests on on the other side, then a whitner center chin rest, finally found a left handed Guarneri chin rest for sale that I tried and with the addition of the thin chin rest pad I like it very well.

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