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Holstein Freedom Violin Chinrest
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January 25, 2022 - 10:10 am
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I purchased the Holstein Freedom Violin Chinrest, with viola barrels so that I could use it on my violas.

These look like a slimmed down Guarneri. I am not fond of Guarneri style chi rests and immediately change them out if they are on an instrument I get.

I decided to give this. shot because I have changed how I hold my instruments. I am trying not to face the fingerboard and watch the strings as much. I want to look more at the music, than my fingers. This looked different than others I have tried and decided to give it a try.

Holstein Freedom Chinrest

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The first thing that I noticed was the my instruments opened right up. The sound projects more and is more clear. I am thinking that it is because it is very lightweight and there is not much to it? @Fiddlerman, can you confirm that as the reason my sound from both my 15 1/2" Fiddlerman Soloist Viola and my other viola that is 15 3/4" is more clear and seems to project more? 

The instruments are also lighter on my shoulder.

Now, for the chinrest. I really, I mean, really love this chinrest. Again, I am very surprised. It is so comfortable. It gives just exactly the amount of grip I need. It does not cut into my jaw. notice, in the picture, the part of the tailpiece is flat and narrow. Perfecto! It is allowing me to hold my instruments the way I want to hold them. 

I will be getting these for my violins in the near future. I just want to make sure there isn't something else I need before I place the order. 

For the record, the viola is a 15 1/2" Fiddlerman Soloist in Amber. It is beautiful and sounds lovely.

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Thanks for the review. I've been eyeing this since I still can't get to feeling comfortable and secure in playing. 

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January 26, 2022 - 2:59 pm
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@Mouse - I believe that it does make a difference. Less material for more resonance.

Glad that you are liking it. :)

Thanks for the review.

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but the one who needs the least."

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@Fiddlerman -

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...so is this heavier or lighter than the carbon composite chin rest that comes with my new VIOLA ?

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February 4, 2022 - 1:51 pm
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That is a great question of which I have NO idea. Can you take off the chin-rest and weigh it? I'll weigh the Freedom Chin-rest if you do that.

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@Fiddlerman -

🤣 Was hoping for an answer before my Viola shipped. 

Too late, now - I try to not mess with stuff that ain't broke! 

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February 10, 2022 - 1:16 pm
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ELCBK said
@Fiddlerman -

🤣 Was hoping for an answer before my Viola shipped. 

Too late, now - I try to not mess with stuff that ain't broke! 

Sorry,

But by now you HAVE to have received your viola. RIGHT?

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@Fiddlerman -

I hope you got my msg that I did! 

Still getting acquainted, but I certainly don't use the whole chinrest - and since my viola is so much lighter than I expected, still thinking about it. 

...but my Viola won't be 100% Carbon composite anymore!

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Fiddlerman
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February 11, 2022 - 8:31 am
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ELCBK said
@Fiddlerman -

I hope you got my msg that I did! 

Still getting acquainted, but I certainly don't use the whole chinrest - and since my viola is so much lighter than I expected, still thinking about it. 

...but my Viola won't be 100% Carbon composite anymore!  

That's a good point. LOL

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Ok, since installing the Holstein Freedom Chinrest on my 15 1/2" Soloist Viola, I have received another and installed it on my 15 3/4" viola. I am really loving this chinrest. It is working out really nice for me.

I will be ordering one for my violin next month. 

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Just got my Holstein Freedom chinrest today and I'm loving it. For the first time in almost 11 months of playing, it feels like I can easily control my viola and not have it slide away from me. And not only that, it looks great too!

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@Mouse , @JohnG -

Okay, I was on the fence about this, but seems I'm only using the edge of mine anyway.  

Can't change out my chinrest on Mortimer, because it's full of electronics, but I can on Edgar, so worth a try! 

Thank you, both!  🥰

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After more than 3 months of using the Holstein Freedom chin rest on my viola, I have to say that I am still in love with it! After 11 months of chasing my viola around on my shoulder with several other chin rests, this one keeps my viola under control 99% of the time. The other one percent is when I get careless.

@Fiddlerman - Thanks for a great product!

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I have to agree with you JohnG. I traded my violin in a couple weeks ago. I tried using the chinrest that came on it. I had to remove it and put the Holstein Freedom on it. Luckily, I remembered to remove it from the one I was trading in and put the one it came with back on, before I brought it in. 

I do not know what it is about that chinrest, but it is so comfortable and gives me so much control of my violin, even though there is not much to it. I am still quite amazed because it still looks, to me, like a Guarneri that was shrunk. I can't use Guarneri's, but this little chinrest is perfect for side holding of the violin and more towards the front.

Thank you Holstein Team!

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June 27, 2022 - 5:16 pm
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JohnG said
After more than 3 months of using the Holstein Freedom chin rest on my viola, I have to say that I am still in love with it! After 11 months of chasing my viola around on my shoulder with several other chin rests, this one keeps my viola under control 99% of the time. The other one percent is when I get careless.

@Fiddlerman - Thanks for a great product!

It really pleases me to hear that John. Thanks so much for your support.... 😁

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but the one who needs the least."

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