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Violin/Viola Chinrests
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October 13, 2020 - 2:36 pm
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Saw Mouse’s chat discussion about viola chinrests, so I thought I’d mention the Wave chinrests.

They come fitted for either violin or viola.  I used to play with a center chinrest (Flesch center with “hump”). The Wave is somewhere in between a center & a side chinrest (and is mounted center over tailpiece).  I play with a Wave I, 1 inch model now (been playing with it about 2 years now). 

They’re a little pricey compared to other chinrests, but the owner lets you trial up to four models, & lets you send back w/money back any/all that don't work for you. 

Here’s the link to the website—has good info/videos about head position, etc.,


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October 13, 2020 - 6:10 pm
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Here's a little secret (not really secret): there is no difference between most violin and viola chinrests except for the length of the clamps. And with standard clamps, the only difference is the length of the barrels. You can easily convert any violin chinrest with standard clamps to a viola chinrest by swapping the clamps barrels with those from an existing viola chinrest, and vice versa.

For a while I tried using a Kreutzer chinrest (which I've only ever seen sold for violin) on my viola, simply borrowing the clamp barrels from the viola chinrest I used before.

October 13, 2020 - 7:18 pm
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None of my violin center chinrests will clear my viola tailpiece.That is what I am working around. It is not a big deal. I just mentioned that I need to get one and I would like a taller one than I have on my viola, currently, because I want to use a lower shoulder rest. I have a violin brand center mount that has tall, medium and short chin rests (Tekka?). I think I have the medium height. It is on a violin, but the center will not clear my tailpiece if I get one for my viola. The center space is too narrow and too short. I have not looked seriously yet, but I think I did find it. I have to contact that place, yet, because I have 1 question for them before I commit to ordering one.

From what I could tell with the wave, the shapes offered are not what I use. Upon close look, they are just not the right fit for me and too expensive to try, given that. They were interesting to read about when I was looking for a chinrest for my violin. 

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