Has anyone tried this thing? It's very similar to an idea I've had for years that would allow just about any possible setup without compromising sound or the security of the instrument (this topic is of special concern to me because of limited shoulder mobility).
It's so dang expensive, but I wonder if it might be worth it if it could make me have even 20% less pain when playing. Also, the lightness of the korfker rest itself could be of great benefit tonally to my violin (small adjustments seems to have a significant impact on the sound).
Anyhow, I was just hoping someone out there has taken the leap and if so, what their opinions were on this contraption?
I don't know much about this rest, but it seems like it's worth trying. Even if it doesn't work for you, you could try it with some students if you wanted to. What about the other, less-expensive but still very expensive KorferkerRest model?
I'd like to try the korfker regular model because I think it would improve the tone, but it's actually the adjustment potential of the cradle itself that interests me the most. I've always wanted to try a position with the violin that would both allow me to bring the end button closer to the center of my chest while also allowing more overall tilt of the violin (this would also involve a more side-mounted chinrest than normal), but no other system would have both the adjustability and the security to allow this. And of course the potential tonal benefits appeal to me as well, as I'm constantly striving for the tone and response that playing restless allows (but this is sadly too painful for me to do long term....my left forearms's limit of mobility is about vertical, so to play on the G restless quickly injures me, especially on something like the g-string runs in sibelius or certain chords like in chaconnne.... And yes, theoretically I could probably work around this if I could truly support the violin on my collarbone which would allow the shoulder to relax and improve mobility to some extent, but I have an extremely shallow collarbone so the violin ALWAYS falls forward onto the shoulder).
Ever since I tried the Korfker, I use nothing else. I have two, adjusted on my two primary violins. Using the Korfker is like the violin is supported without you being aware of it. It's so comfortable. It also enhances the tone of the violin. As it's infinitely adjustable, one can bend it to exact contour of the shoulder and place it at any point on the violin. As it's so adjustable, it takes some time to adjust to the preferred position, but once it's there you are set for life.
For me, adjusting the Korfker was a total nightmare (both when I tried it myself and when my local big violin shop, Potter's, tried to do it). Changing the angle of the feet using the screws results in positions where it won't stay on the violin and/or is at a crazy tilt. The theory of infinite adjustability doesn't seem to actually work.
I guess their logic in making it so adjustable - to the point of inconvenience - is that once you find the ideal position, you won't have to ever do it again. And using thumbscrews instead of hex screws would add weight and bulk, although they'd certainly make it easier in the short term.