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Chin rest does not fit
Gewa Guarneri chin rest not fitting properly
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My first Chinese VSO had a chinrest with very thin cork that had stuck to the top and back and tore off the rest when I removed it - the chinrest was probably attached before the varnish was 100% dry, so I bought some modellers' cork sheets just in case I ever needed them. I note that with good chinrests the cork is much thicker.

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Oh, just to clarify: the violin in the pictures is a German workshop instrument, about $1,500 value (intermediate to advanced student violin), and I'm saying I believe the chinrest is exactly as it was installed at the workshop. In other words, the chinrest was installed by quite competent people.

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Thanks! looks like your purfling is a lot flatter than on my violin. On mine there is quite a steep part between the body and the actual edge of the violin. I agree, it looks totally correct on your violin. But it is touching the body as well - just sayin'. 

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Sure. I don't think it's possible with most chinrests to avoid going inside the purfling entirely. My viola chinrest also contacts a little inside the purfling, but much less because it's a side mount; the majority of the contact area is outside the purfling. But the idea is to place the chinrest as close to the edge as possible so as to minimize the amount inside the purfling, while still achieving stability.

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Isn't it dangerous to put it right on the edge (outside of the purfling)? I have the feeling the edge could break. 

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Some of it will sit right on the purfling, and it's all close enough to the ribs that there isn't a lot of leverage. It should be safe.

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Some or you recommended a Flesch style chinrest, so I did some googling.. Did anybody try. Berber style chinrest? Looks quite versatile..

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A berber chin rest always seemed to be a half way measure to me.  

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Irv said
A berber chin rest always seemed to be a half way measure to me.  

  

I don't understand why any chinrest would seem like a half measure. There are definitely people who find it to be the best fit. (I know at least one.) If it's the best fit, it's the best fit.

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I bought a Berber, but decided that it didn't quite go with my shoulder rest.

Currently I'm using some kind of brown ebony centre-mounted mini Guarneri that I took off my electric violin. And I am planning to buy a Neu-Kolln.

I know the idea is to buy a few on approval and send the ones you don't like back, but I know that in a year or two I'll have two or three shoulder rests, so the chin-rests will be chosen to suit them.

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@rokit - The only thing I avoid is having the metal touch the edge of the violin. Otherwise, and unless you need more angle, your installation is fine. I would loosen the mount and slide the top back about 1/8", or as much as you feel is appropriate. You won't be messing up the edge of the violin as long as there is good cork on the chinrest feet.

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@Fiddlerman

First of all, it's so cool that you're responding on my thread. I know most of your videos and now you're writing here.. to me. 

No metal is touching the wood, so I guess I'm fine.

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rokit said
@Fiddlerman

First of all, it's so cool that you're responding on my thread. I know most of your videos and now you're writing here.. to me. 

Thanks. I like to hope that I respond to everyone when I feel that I can be helpful. It's amazing how helpful forum members are. I often feel proud when reading the responses of our members, even when I'm silent.

No metal is touching the wood, so I guess I'm fine.

I'm sure you are fine then. Sometimes people are scared to tighten the chin-rest barrels too much but I find most people tighten them too little. That being said, there is a point which is too much, can cause damage, and caution should be taken. 😁

Perhaps that is no help at all. LOL Not too little or too much.... Just right!!!

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@Fiddlerman 

Not too little or too much.... Just right!!!

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