Playing without a CR
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?
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.
Yup, I have also done this, the sound is great. :)
You may also wannt to check different crs at a luthier, for both sound and comfort.
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.
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 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.
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