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Different Viola Shoulder rests
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January 22, 2017 - 10:23 pm
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So, I was wondering about the other shoulder rests out there. I have a Muco one which came with the artist viola outfit that I got. However, here's the issue. It's too low. My teacher attempted to unscrew the feet a little to give it more height, but that didn't help, and it's already unscrewed about as much as it would before the feet would fall right off. The Shoulder rest also doesn't properly fit, as there is a space near the end farthest from my shoulder.

Are there any higher shoulder-rests out there? I'd really like to get a slipper, but I can't really afford it right now. Bon Musica might also be out of the question.

What shoulder rests do you think would work for me? My neck is a little big long compared to many others in my family. A higher chin rest might not work.


January 23, 2017 - 6:33 am
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On several chin rests of mine, I re-drilled the holes for the legs so that I could use a thick piece of leather to raise the chin rest.  Are you sure you have a viola chin rest? The legs are longer than on a violin rest.

I typed that then realized you are talking about a shoulder rest.  duh..
You could get a piece of foam and using  double sided tape put that on the shoulder rest to raise it.  I did that on one, but I also wrapped the foam in rubber shelf liner material.  It worked but was ugly as sin, so you might try it just to see what height would work for you.  Double sided tape has become a friend of mine,,,but I don't say that out loud here as I don't want my duct tape to get jealous.

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January 23, 2017 - 6:07 pm
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I've rolled up pieces of cloth and attached to the loose end of my shoulder rest with an elastic did help for a while. I did finally purchase a Bon Musica but still not sure I'm completely happy... At least the fabric is cheap and easier to change around.

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January 24, 2017 - 10:45 pm
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I'm thinking a "Slipper" Would be beneficial for me, but I can't afford it.

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