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The Wave Chinrest
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May 14, 2024 - 3:28 pm
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I’ve talked about the Wave chinrest before, but I thought I’d mention it again since they have new ones. 

I’ve liked the Wave because I originally played with a center chinrest, but I changed how I was playing & found that setup not comfortable anymore.  But I was not happy with the side mount chinrests, either.  The Wave kind of sits in between, and that works well for me.

I decided to get a model that was a little higher than the one I was using (previous was  Wave I 1", my new one is Wave I 1.25"), and got their new boxwood model.

The original Wave chinrests are made with paduak wood – but they now have added ebony, rosewood (Pau Ferro wood), boxwood models.  The Wave creator, Randall Olsen, explains the types of woods they use in this video:


In addition to liking the feel of my new Wave, I really like the color of this boxwood model – it is a nice warm brown, different than other boxwood shades I’ve seen.

I've listed a few pictures below with the new boxwood WAVE I 1.25" on my main violin along with another violin I’ve got with the older paduak wood model (WAVE I 1").

The wave is pricier than other chinrests, but they allow you to trial them at no cost (you have to pay for shipping back) & you can try up to 4 at a time.

If you’re interested in more information about the Wave, go to the Wave website:


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May 14, 2024 - 4:39 pm
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Very interesting, @SharonC. It is nice someone takes availability or resiliency of trees when making wood items.

Also, I have been curious about the Wave chinrests for a while. I am concerned with that lip closest to the tailpiece (probably is a more technical term for it, but I am so not techy with these things). Is it a deep and sharp edged, on the i side, as it looks? It looks smooth, but I have always been concerned about that ledgy grip. 

Again, thank you so much for sharing all the info.


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May 19, 2024 - 8:58 pm
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May 26, 2024 - 7:06 am
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When I started with fiddle three years ago, I faced the usual challenges of finding a comfortable and stable way to hold the instrument. I had neck, shoulder and back stiffness, and sometimes had to stop playing to stretch everything out before resuming.

In order to minimize extra gear and complication, I wanted to be able to play without using a shoulder rest; maybe that increased the challenge.

I tried several chinrests and eventually settled on one from Fiddlershop. That chinrest allows me to hold the fiddle comfortably even without support from the left hand. Oddly enough, the same chinrest doesn’t seem to work as well on my second violin -- I have no idea why that is.

The Wave chinrest has an interesting shape that might be helpful, so perhaps one day I’ll take them up on their “buy one, try four” offer for my second violin. (BTW, that’s a quite clever way of making the online purchase process less cumbersome and time consuming.)

There’s no doubt that the violin presents all sorts ergonomic problems -- and solutions. There are numerous examples of people who play wonderfully with apparently bad ergonomics. I think of the old-time fiddlers playing with the violin on their chest, and I can’t even imagine those baroque violinists playing without even a chinrest!

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