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Sturdy foam under the chest end of the shoulder rest?
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September 27, 2021 - 12:46 pm
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Does anyone here use a sturdy foam, that won't collapse but is somewhat soft so it doesn't jab the chest, under the chest end of the shoulder rest? 

I am thinking of searching for a piece that I can cut, but not sure if it is worth the effort.

My violin is perpendicular to the floor when the shoulder height is comfortable, but I can't get the right lift at the chest end so that it is not perpendicular to the floor. I am having to hold it at an angle that works and that makes it hard to play. I am not trying to flatten it, just trying to get a slight angle.

It is kind of difficult to explain why, I am just wondering if anyone has done this.


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September 27, 2021 - 2:58 pm
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I have the same problems with my viola.  I use a folded cloth to help boost up the low end. I'll use an elastic to keep it from falling off

September 27, 2021 - 4:02 pm
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Thanks. I will try that.

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Guess I missed this thread. 

We have "Foam Factory, Inc." - which is a short drive from us, but is also a big online store.  They have every kind of foam imaginable in different densities.  Might be able to ask for samples.  

I wouldn't dismiss cutting up a replacement sponge meant for kitchen mops, you can find in any grocery store.   A repositionable 3M Adhesive Spray can be found at Office Supply stores or any place crafts are sold. 

Art Supply & Craft Stores carry material - even dry flower arranging foam is light & easily cut to shape.  

Dr.Scholl's carries a thinner adhesive-backed piece of foam you can cut to size, Mole Foam - also found at most Drug Stores.

Keep in mind any foam, other than the Dr,Scholl's, might work better with a cloth covering. 


Btw, I don't spray ANYTHING in the house unless you can spray within a large cardboard box - even then, you'd be surprised where overspray settles. 

- Emily

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