Yamaha YEV Shoulder Rest Hell
I've tried several shoulder rests on the Yamaha YEV and they all slip off very easily (some in under a minute of playing). I tried a small sponge shoulder rest on it and it didn't come off, but felt horrible. I do not have this problem with my regular violin.
Does anyone have any creative ideas??? I literally can't play it. I've been brainstorming for weeks.
I play my acoustic violin without a shoulder rest, and I was concerned that I wouldn't be able to do that with a YEV. But when I got one I found that I could play it very well restless.
The feet on my Mach One did not work well with my YEV-104. Being relatively new to violin, I had been wanting to try a Kun for comparison purposes anway and bought the Kun Bravo collapsible. The feet on the Kun work perfectly for me on the YEV. I also tried the Kun feet on the Mach One, and that worked as well. You might be able save money by buying the Kun feet replacement parts and putting them in your current shoulder rest.
Chinrests that are centered over the tailpiece are great for the people who find them comfortable, and torture for those of us who don't. Personally I can't stand to play on one but whenever I notice a student consistently playing with their chin on the tailpiece despite a more conventional chinrest, I suggest to the student that they try a center-mount chinrest.
The bottom of the YEV is flat, unlike a traditional violin, which has a bit of a bump. Playing a YEV restless, I found that I missed having that bump as it helped keep it in place, so I stuck on a small felt strip, which does the job. I guessed that the thinness of the plate might not work for some shoulder rests, so might suggest adding something to increase the thickness, like a bit of felt.
I have four YEV's at my school, and the Everest shoulder rests work with them just fine.
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