A few years back I remember seeing a chinrest online that was designed to be ~behind~ the violin (for people with very long limbs, as a way of moving the violin away from the player by a couple more inches than normal).
But now I can't find it for the life of me. Does anyone remember this?
not sure if this is what you mean, but the WAVE chinrest extends out slightly from the body of the instrument. I have one and I love it.
I remember seeing an extended chinrest somewhere. As I recall it was a homemade contraption, not an off the shelf product. I can't remember where I saw it. I think it was a video, so possibly youtube.....
Hmmmm it may not have ever been made into an actual product....
Yes I know what are you talking about. Several years ago I have tried a model, the instrument is about 2 inches forward and it allows you to customize the angels and height of both the chinrest and shoulder rest.
Wow that is a complicated solution! Seems really heavy duty though, which is cool. Thanks for finding it!
Dorian, I've looked at that pic of the adjustable chinrest and the first thing that occurred to me was if it shifts the violin 2" away from the player then it would be like playing a 16" viola fitted with standard length violin strings. That could be doing weird things to the violinist's posture and resultant playing of the instrument, especially over any extended period of time.
Trust me, Trevor, when I say that some students have arms long enough to make the standard length do much much more weird things to their posture as opposed to having the violin situated further away from them. It would be like you or I playing on a 1/2 size violin. Slightly tall/long players can simply compensate by holding the violin more leftward than normal, but there's only so far left a very large player can hold the violin before it becomes a tremendous difficulty.
Erik, thank you for putting forward that cogent other side of the argument! I must say that it never occurred to me, being of average size and build, that there are other violinists around for whom a normal size violin is awkwardly too small.
The extra inch or two forward actually didn't disturb my playing at all, and I tried it on a viola no less.