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Anyone using Wittner Augsberg Center Mounted Viola Chinrest
Any opinion about this?
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JohnG
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It looks like it is fairly deeply cupped and can be adjusted in tilt (and height?) and since the most comfortable position for me seems to be centered, thought it might work well for me.

What say you?

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Hi John,

I also found that the most comfortable position for me was near the center. My chin was always over the small ridge on the chinrest by the tailpiece. I changed both my regular violin and my electric to the center mount Berber model chinrest. Really like them. It allows you to hold near the center, but you can also move your chin to the left.

I'm not sure if they make them for viola, but check the photos of the ones for violin. It may be what you're looking for.

Happy fiddling.

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I've tried both the Wittner and Berber center chinrests (& others) on my violin. Of the center chinrests, I found the center mount Flesch (with hump) worked better for me—I liked the hump (or ridge) because it fits well under my jaw bone, & feels more secure.  Very individual thing, though.  A lot of people find this uncomfortable.

I played with center mount Flesch for a while, but now use a Wave (kind of in between side & center).  I’ve talked about them here:

https://fiddlerman.com/forum/t.....a/#p111092

https://fiddlerman.com/forum/t.....s/#p110425

AndrewH mentions in one of these posts about the difference between violin & viola chinrests--that most only have different clamp barrel lengths.

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@Grandpafiddle - Thank you for the input, looks like it is really nice, especially for the side area and can see why you would appreciate it!

@SharonC - Thanks for both comments and the links. It has helped me make up my mind!

With that being said, I've decided on the Augsberg. I've finally come to realize why I've been unable to find a decent position. My old age and limited neck movement is the culprit. I cannot touch my left shoulder with my chin! I'm about 2" both laterally and vertically from that. This is also the reason I needed a shoulder rest with a large "drop" from the viola to the pad portion that touches the collar bone.

I believe the adjustment capability of the Augsberg will meet my needs and allow me to make it work well for me.

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@JohnG and others.  No particular experience with that chin rest, but I have a great respect for Wittner.  I have used their isny shoulder rest for years and they have been extremely helpful in providing me extra mounts whenever I requested one.

They generally use metric screws in their chin rest clamping system so adapting to a viola should be simple.  

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I've ordered the Wittner Augsberg Center Mounted Viola Chinrest from Fiddlerman with standard shipping, so we'll see how long it takes to get to Chicagoland! I promise, no unpacking video for this like I did for my viola. Although, an installation video may be a possibility! lol

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This is also posted in my blog but thought it wise to pass along my impressions here, too.

I got my chin rest today from Fidderman! It's much better than the stock one. It's the Wittner Augsberg Center Mounted Viola Chinrest with different mount heights. I started with the 6mm on both chin and jaw sides but decided to change the jaw side to 4mm to angle the chin rest slightly and it is much better. I'm finding I am able to use the left hand a lot less to hold the viola in position and more to merely support and grip only to affect string pressing. I'm really happy that I got it!

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