Has anyone tried this rest? I haven't been able to find more than a few reviews and no one I know has it (or has heard of it).
I would actually want one of this! Since the shoulder rest carves out the ergonomics, I'd guess that I omits the chin rest.
It looks to me like this SR does what a SR should not be used for: elevate the instrument off the shoulder, hence raising your bowing arm and causing tension in the right shoulder. Note how high the player's left arm is playing the A string.
I'm not sure, Roger: the young lady's violin is leaning down a little, and anyway an inch or two higher or lower makes little difference to fatigue in either arm.
Looks uncomfortable and like the violin is locked. Invisi-rest anyone?
I see at least two negatives. First there would be limited flexibility in the distance between the brackets that hold it onto the instrument, so there would be limited options for positioning. Second, I think the design would be too restrictive for the player. It looks like a prototype judging by the rough sanding marks left on the wood. I'd say there's good reasons why it never made a dent in the marketplace.
Check out this: http://acoustagrip.com
I'm sure it's magic for a select few.
I can't quite figure out whether this shoulder rest was designed for those who play their violin about 90 degrees off to the left, or for those with humongous breast implants. ;-)
I had a teacher who did indeed play with a significantly elevated bow arm, specifically in order to avoid her (naturally) huge jugs. :-)
The feet are wide enough to have, say, three holes for the screw parts, to allow for different settings.
This looks terribly uncomfortable. Repetitive strain injuries are cause by locking things into one fixed position, just like this!
Looks more like a (upside down) stiletto than a slipper
Hmm, stilettos and breast implants...Did I stray into the wrong website?
I recommend that to anyone who is interested in the slipper rest to definitely go to a shop and try it out. I used one for violin but due to my broad shoulders, the end of the curve would drill into my shoulder leaving a huge bruise whenever I'd finish playing.
If you consider buying the slipper because of it's shape you can also get a Wolf rest and bend it into this shape. Costs much less and you can also tinker with how much you bend it.