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How to choose the right violin shoulder rest

Violin shoulder rests explained

Released on November 5, 2013

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John on December 21, 2014 @4:41 pm PST
Any recommendation for shoulder rest specifically for skinny people who can't lift up their violin due to their skinny chest?
Lora - host, on December 22, 2014 @8:51 am PST
Hi John
The 2 shoulder rests that offer the best "height" option regardless of chest or shoulder shape, is the Bon Musica or the Wolf Secundo. I prefer the Wolf, because there is less bulk to it.....but to be honest, it is not quite as versatile as the Bon Musica. Don't get me wrong.....it is VERY VERSATILE....but the Bon Musica really satisfies with the "hook" that you can totally customize to fit your shoulder, and the ability to easily boost the height on your chest side too. It's just a little heavy, but heck, it's worth it. Watch some videos on youtube for ideas on how to customize it.....there are dozens of ways to tweak it for your body. Good luck!
iz on February 14, 2014 @9:35 am PST
Hello ackie.
My question is about wether or not to keep my violin in the case or can it be hung up on the wall?
I had a split in it and I wondered if it is getting too dry.?
Jackie * VSM MEMBER * on November 26, 2013 @10:27 pm PST
Over many years, I tried and purchased too many shoulder rests. I was always looking for a better one and they aren't cheap. My main problem is that I am tall and have a long neck. Many shoulder rests say that they can be adjusted for a long neck, but they are always falling off the violin. Then I discovered the Comford Shoulder Cradle. I love it - it's not adjustable but it is absolutely perfect! I will never have to look for a better one because I have it. The way it attaches to the violin prevents it from slipping off - it never falls off. It does come in two heights so you don't necessarily have to have a long neck to use it.

One word of warning though is that it doesn't fold up and therefore won't fit in every case. I have to fit it in my case upside down under the neck of the violin.
Lora - host, on November 27, 2013 @8:15 am PST
Hi Jackie
I just checked out that rest on Google. I have seen those rests before, but I never paid them any heed, because it looks to me like a model that would constantly be falling off! That's great to know that they don't!

One other think you might consider (although you are happy with your set-up now) is a taller chin rest. People with long necks often get a REALLY high shoulder rest to take up all that length, and that creates other severe problems, like the shoulder having to lift up really high to reach the violin, the violin is far away from the body causing a disconnect, etc.

But, my philosophy is: If it ain't broke, don't fix it"....so if you are comfy now, by all means, stay put!

Thanks for the info on the "Comford".
Jarl * VSM MEMBER * on November 13, 2013 @5:20 pm PST
HI Lora,
thanks. I suffered from slippery fiddle for years and then finally discovered the Bonmusica (tried a Wolf but it didn't work for me). Now I'm a happy boy and the fiddle stays put.
Lora - host, on November 14, 2013 @2:39 pm PST
Hi Jarl! Great to see you on this site! Yes, I LOVE the Bon Musica, except it just wasn't right for my short stature, but it's GREAT if you are not vertically challenged! Keep up your GREAT work!
M Baguley * VSM MEMBER * on November 13, 2013 @6:51 am PST
Please spell the names of the chin rests. I couldn't work out how to spell them from the video
Lora - host, on November 18, 2013 @4:19 pm PST
Hi M!
Ok, here are the names of the SHOULDER rests....I think that is what you meant:
Kun Original
Kun Super
Kun Collapsible
Kun Bravo (this is just the fancier materials, but same shape as original)

I also talked about the BON MUSICA.
And also the "WOLF SECUNDO"

I don't remember the order I talked about them, but that should give you what you need.

My chinrest is a STUBER chinrest, but I don't think I mentioned that in the video. That will be in a video coming up!

Thanks for your question!
Lora - host, on November 11, 2013 @8:31 am PST
Hi Donna
In my opinion, the height of the chinrest is of special importance to taller people, because if a person with a long neck just gets a super high shoulder rest to absorb all that neck length, then suddenly, the violin is quite far from their torso, lifted up from their shoulders. This causes a "disconnect" between player and violin, but worse, it causes the left arm to have to work very hard to stay up artificially high.

It would be better if the player with a long neck explore getting a custom chin rest....it is AMAZING what ergonomic solutions are available to us now!
Thanks for you comment, and I'll "see you" around!
donna * VSM MEMBER * on November 7, 2013 @9:30 pm PST
Thank you for this information Lora. I would also be interested in your thoughts about the height of chin rests.
Chaim on November 6, 2013 @9:55 am PST
I will figure it out somehow, but thanks for your help:)
Fabrizio Ferrari - moderator and CEO, on November 6, 2013 @11:41 am PST
You are most than welcome! Please, feel always free to contact me again if the problems persists or you need any further help. I really hope you can enjoy this video which is great indeed.

Thank you again!
Chaim on November 6, 2013 @9:47 am PST
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2. IE
3. Winows 7
Fabrizio Ferrari - moderator and CEO, on November 6, 2013 @9:53 am PST
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Chaim on November 6, 2013 @9:37 am PST
Yes. Only with this one. All others work fine
Fabrizio Ferrari - moderator and CEO, on November 6, 2013 @9:43 am PST
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Chaim on November 6, 2013 @9:13 am PST
Video does not work
Fabrizio Ferrari - moderator and CEO, on November 6, 2013 @9:32 am PST
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