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DIY Fix For Chin Rest Digging Into Collarbone!
Temporary(?) fix to a problem with my Viola chin rest digging into my collar bone.
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JohnG
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May 29, 2021 - 6:04 pm
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As I complained about early in my blog, the chin rest dug into my collar bone and was very uncomfortable.

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Even with the Kun shoulder rest, it continued to be a problem so I used a piece of heavy felt (which came from a clothes dryer drum support that I had replaced). I cut slots for the rubber bands and glued a piece of right angle plastic so it would stay in the proper place. I then rubber banded it to the viola.

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As can be seen here, any contact there now is on the new pad.

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Problem solved.

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May 29, 2021 - 6:53 pm
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Nice job. You earned a DIY badge.

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@JohnG -

Great DIY! 

That spot can be terrible pain for the collarbone! 

My SureRest  isn't as high as my other rests, but I love that it covers that nasty spot.  Read they're in the process of producing one for Violas - makes me happy, because I've been thinking about a 5 string Viola!  ...after I play my Mortimer a bit better. (lol) 

Don't know why I didn't think of it before, but Dr. Scholls used to have little sheets of adhesive-backed white foam and "moleskin", in almost every drugstore.  The white foam was very dense and much thicker than the moleskin.  I used cut out shapes to help train my Great Dane puppies' ears to stand. 

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May 30, 2021 - 8:34 am
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Hi Emily and John,

I stole an idea from Nicola Benedetti for a pad she showed on one of her videos. I have a friend who's wife does sewing. She made this custom pad for me with an elastic strap that loops around the chinrest. I can move it to whatever violin I'm using. Works great!

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May 30, 2021 - 8:40 am
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Violin/Viola Button Lower Bout Bibs!

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I have used a commercial (Chinese) leather shoulder rest to achieve similar relief.  It is held on by draping over chin rest and by rubber bands.  A band is vaguely recognized in the photo. 120D5E6A-98FA-4816-8BF9-21BE33279D37.jpegImage Enlarger

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May 30, 2021 - 9:07 am
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@Irv Interesting.

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@JohnG hey, finding what works & makes playing comfortable is important.  I use a cosmetic sponge rubberbanded to my shoulder rest to make it feel right.

I got this cloth from a lady who handmakes them on Etsy.com.  It slips onto the chinrest, comes down over the button, & attaches underneath by a small elastic band.  Fits securely.  I don't use it often, but I used it when I played outside in warmer weather a few times. 

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May 30, 2021 - 12:57 pm
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@JohnG, I am wondering, is it the gap between the jaw and shoulder that you also need to fill and/or the legs of the chinrest against the collar bone? In looking at your photos, I am thinking it is not the chinrest it is the bottom of the violin cutting into your collar bone? You said chinrest, but it looks to me like it is the bottom of the violin, or the bottom of the chinrest, the legs. In reviewing the photos, I think you are talking about the legs of the chinrest on the underside, maybe cushioning them?

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@Mouse - It was the supports of the chin rest, not the viola bottom. Those tiny, round metal brackets from the chin rest were brutal!

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Thanks. Much clearer. I think that solution you did is pretty  lever.

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