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What kind of shoulder rest do you use and why?
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LoopyLoonyLuna said:

Oddly I find the low-tech solution of a sponge and rubber band to be the most comfortable.

That is actually what I am using now. But a very high chinrest. Works great for me.

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I need to invest in a better chin rest sometime soon. Finding time to do so is an issue, and the I know I'm going to have a horrible time finding the right one. Luckily there are a few good strings shops around here, so I should be able to get knowledgeable assistance.

 

The chin rest I'm currently using is horrible.

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It makes an incredible difference. Hope you are able to find the right one for you. 

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Not personally but I did closely follow someone who was going through an evaluation.  The reason I was so interested in the Dunn is that it has the correct credentials:

Little or no forward lip.  Almost ALL other commercial rests have a prominent forward lip.

A definite quick slope (right/left) to accept the jaw bone.

A prominent rise (hump) to encourage a solid hold.

The Dunn has no chin well edges to cause pain or discomfort.

More to the point …. the Dunn allowed the user to immediately abandon using a shoulder rest after years of experimenting.  I had the same experience with my chin rest made with the same design philosophy.

PS   I do believe that the Berber is special and might be just the thing for some people.  I like the way the Berber can legitimately be played as center or left mount.

 

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Now this is interesting:

http://www.chinrests.com/index.html

 

If they ever have a workshop in my area I will make every effort to attend. The chinrests themselves are prices quite reasonably. I'm just leery of trying to fit myself with the kit or using long-distance fittings. However the kit might be worth it for a boutique style violin shop or a teacher interested in finding the exact right fit for their students.

I would love to try the Dunn but I don't like ordering equipment. I would prefer to try it in person.

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In the CHINREST graphic, the second from left looks pretty close to the Dunn.  I always thought that the fitting kit was a good idea but I do not know anyone who actually used it.  The rumor is that CHINREST is "good".

I can only tell you that my change in chin rest made a tremendous difference in playing.  I had not realized, to that point, how much physical and mental effort I was wasting.  It was the biggest one-shot leap I ever made in my playing skills after 5 years of experiments.  (I literally have a pile of shoulder rests just sitting on the rec room floor which has become a monument to the past ; )

What was special, was that I abandoned the shoulder rest in only a matter of hours to play without it where other reports tell of people trying to make the change after weeks of effort. 

 

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LoopyLoonyLuna said:

Now this is interesting: http://www.chinrests.com/index.html

This is brilliant. Thanks for the link. The only problem is that the kit is so expensive. I think that the kit is what makes it special. If the kit was free upon returning and purchasing a chinrest, it would be perfect.

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The kit is too pricey for me, bearing in mind that i'm still playing my first full-sized violin (obtained in 8th grade, back in the stone age).

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I did not find the kit price but I found the directions.  They gotta be kiddin !  All I saw was many opportunities to make a mistake.  There has to be a better way.

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IF I had to take a shot at a trial chin rest, it would be the TEKA plastic at $7.95 from Shar and others.  It looks close to a Dunn.  In fact, I think I will order one next time I'm buying something.  I recently bought a plastic chin rest and it was no problem compared to ebony.

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Under the menu, "Pricing"

$275,00 and doesn't include any complete chin-rests.
It might be easy enough but they should rent it or give a full refund upon ordering a chinrest. 

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I will be amazed if they are still in business by the end of the summer.

Beares basically guarantees satisfaction but I imagine that they reserve the right to try remedies. In any case, their price was $168.

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WOW, talk about an expensive hobbyWink

Maybe I should take up helicopter flying or something!!!

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Helicopters might really be a cheaper hobby than a "state-of-the-art" bow. 

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It can get expensive, but it's all in the name of love. 

 

Unfortunately I have the mom disease and spend most of my musical budget on my children, drat it all.

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I think that you made the right decision though I hope some of the musical money comes your way soon. 🙂

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So I had had some time and managed to visit the violin shop. I upgraded my 8 yr old to a 1/2 size violin (mostly on store credit earned from a previous rental (whew, dodged a bullet there). While I was there I upgraded my chinrest from the amazing selection of 2 styles they carry. It's definitely an improvement and huge leap in comfort, but now my case won't close.

DOH!Yell

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LOL, my case is falling apart as well. I am considering buying a case cover instead though. They make real nice ones and as long as your case is in a half decent shape you can get by with the cover. Back-pack straps and all.

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Mine is old shaped plastic student model with no room for anything other that the violin, two bows and the bare minimum of necessities. I think the luthier threw it in for free with the violin (he was probably tired of having it around). Frankly it's ugly-brown on the outside and lined with ORANGE velvet. Ye gods. I've needed to replace it for ages but it did the job and a new case just seemed frivolous. 

So now I have a compelling reason to replace it nowLaugh

Maybe I'll post a picture of it so everyone else can feel better about their cases.

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That is a collector's item.  Treasure it Smile

 

 

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