Playing without a CR

May 22, 2017, 4:42 AM · Could any issues arise?
I took mine off because it was hurting my jaw, and with it off I saw a huge increase in sound quality. Is it safe to keep it like this?

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May 22, 2017, 6:24 AM · Should be fine. Maybe a cloth over the area might stop the varnish being worn eventually. You should barely have your chin on the fiddle anyway.
May 22, 2017, 6:49 AM · Yup, I have also done this, the sound is great. :)

But, use a bit of cloth/chamois, or sweat will eventually start affecting the wood itself.

May 22, 2017, 8:10 AM · You may also wannt to check different crs at a luthier, for both sound and comfort.
Under the ear part of the sound improvement can also be because your jaw touches the top and you hear it through your bones. That is energy that is missing in the violin. So it sounds better for you but worse for others.
It does depend how you put your violin on your shoulder without cr.
May 26, 2017, 3:35 AM · Hi Jack, I am an amateur so I can only address the issues that I am familiar with. I agree with the previous posters in that a cloth will help protect the finish. I have a long neck and a bony jaw so I require a chinrest but it hurt because the lip would cut across my jaw. I now play with a chinrest called the wave. It turns slightly along the jaw and is quite comfortable. I wish I could play without a chinrest but I just have too much space to fill up.
May 26, 2017, 8:32 AM · Standard setup in the early days up to Mannheim period. Just watch riding the tailpiece, which can affect pitch. Glorious with less mass, isn't it!
If you must go back, try the adjustable plastic Wittner CR. Won't be as resonant, but you may be able to get the right height and angle by swapping its legs.
May 26, 2017, 10:26 PM · If the problem is not neck height but grip itself, you could also have a replica of one of the very early 1900's CR made.

My teacher has one similar to it, it os basically an extremely short version of a rounded-off Kaufmanish model, maybe not even 3 mm high, and thus VERY light.

It acts only as a nkn-slippery rest for the chin, since it has basically zero kind of curve or height. :D

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