Should I replace my shoulder rest?
I'm kind of in a pickle right now. Currently I own a Viva La Musica Compact shoulder rest (4/4) and though I've had it for about 3 years (I've played for 4), there have been several occasions where I make, say, one move with my violin and it just slides off. Now, I don't know if the rubber feet are wearing down or whatever (does that actually happen?), but aside from that the foam/rubber seems to be quite comfortable for me while playing for long sessions at a time.
I recently tried out a friend's Kun collapsible shoulder rest on my violin, and I felt like it had better grip on my instrument and was less likely to slide off. The rest's foam/rubber felt very rigid and slightly uncomfortable for me though, but nonetheless it felt secure on the instrument.
Should I or no?
How long has your slipping-off problem been occurring? Are your feet broken? You might want to get replacement feet.
You can secure it a little with a couple of rubber bands. Just because children do that routinely doesn't mean it's something shameful.
Ha ha! Starting with sponges and rubber bands is still an easy and inexpensive way to figure out what shape shoulder rest you need, and if you need one.
Was it the plastic or wooden kun collaspable? I know the Bravo also has a collaspable feature.
Shoulder rests are unnecessary and detrimental for many, imho. They're heavy, lock up your frame, fall off, lead many to poor posture, and cost money that your could have put towards something else.
Buy Kun feet and put them on the shoulder rest with the foam you like.
Adjust the feet of the VLM so that it grips just slightly more. The feet are extremely adjustable.
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