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December 3, 2021 - 4:35 pm
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Hello

I just noticed that somehow (I don't know how, or when), I managed to damage my chin rest :
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This is a Wittner chin rest. I was wondering if I should :

- wait until it breaks completely ? after all, it may have been this way for a long time without me noticing… may never break at all.

- take it off (I think I have a screwdriver of the right size), and use some "super glue" to glue it back. Would it even work on this material ?

- or just buy a new one ?

 

Thanks…

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December 3, 2021 - 4:41 pm
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In my non-professional opinion, but my very personal association with Murphy and his Law, I would remove this one and use another until I can replace it. I have that chinrest and love it. 

Murphy's Law would tell me that it will break while playing and pop off or some strange thing, even though there are two separate legs, and it will damage your instrument.

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December 3, 2021 - 5:40 pm
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Well, I don't have a spare one so removing it means buying another one and replacing it. But you're right about Murphy, must be wary ;--) … I sure don't want to damage my viola in any way.

If this ever happened to anyone else ?

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https://sep.yimg.com/ay/yhst-62697111611463/violin-angel-holiday-cards-11.jpg

@wtw -

Haven't had that happen. 😳  You might need a two-part epoxy adhesive.

"Loctite’s Plastic Bonder 1363118", comes in a double syringe dispensing system that ensures an equal amount from both.  Takes about 20 minutes to set up.  Works on any plastic or PVC items, including polycarbonate and nylon - but it does have an odor, until completely cured. 

From the looks of your photo, I don't think I'd trust buying another chin rest of the same kind and manufacturer - maybe try a center-mount chin rest. 

Thanks, you just persuaded me to steer clear of that one. (lol) 

- Emily

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December 4, 2021 - 3:49 am
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Wittner have a good name for most things, but I've heard criticism of this chinrest before, I think.

I'd certainly take it off and examine it closely to see what the exact problem is. There may be an easy fix. And then, if you find you can fix it, make sure it's properly put back on the fiddle afterwards (it might not be on properly now - if it's too loose, a moving plastic part may have drifted away innocently from its anchor)

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December 4, 2021 - 6:29 am
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@ELCBK Noooo, these chin rests need to steer clear of me, not the other way around, I'm the dangerous person… thanks for the reference. Now I think of it, maybe a piece of double-sided adhesive tape would even suffice.

Just like you @Mouse, I love this chinrest, so if I replace it I'll just buy the exact same one. The previous one I had (wooden, on a previous viola) hurt my jaw and neck, this one is softer.

@Gordon Shumway I don't think it's loose now (though it was at some point and it made a racket of vibrations when playing). You're right, must pay attention to that when remounting it.

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December 5, 2021 - 10:06 am
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Okay, so I took it off, and it looks just fine - the leg just somehow got "unclipped" (is that a word?). It got out from its socket. There's actually nothing that needs to be glued, the second leg isn't either. I'd just need to attach it back and remount the whole thing.

Except that the cork is getting thin, part of it is actually missing in some places, so I'll just put on a new chinrest anyway. And I'll be fine for a few more years.

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December 5, 2021 - 12:28 pm
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“unclipped” is a word 😂. Otherwise everything that was ever clipped together, would, forever, remain clipped! 😂😂😂😂😇 Those poor people with the clip-on ties. They would be doomed. Please take this with the humor intended. 

I am happy your issue has been solved. Thanks for the update.

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wtw said
 the cork is getting thin, part of it is actually missing in some places, 

You can get self-adhesive cork sheets on amazon easily. (maybe fiddlershop too)

Andrew

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