Written by Zlata Brouwer
Published: August 27, 2014 at 8:56 AM [UTC]
He owns a box filled with over ten different shoulder rest all covered in dust, but none of them provided a good solution.
After years of playing without a shoulder rest violinist Steven McMillan decided to design a shoulder rest himself. As a lot of ‘new’ shoulder rests look like a copy of Kun or Wolf, this SureTone Rest is really something different.
I’m very thankful that Steven took the time and effort to be interviewed by me and tell his story. He is a bussy man as he plays in a professional orchestra, plays a lot of chamber music, teaches private students and runs a business designing and selling new shoulder rests.
He just had his morning coffee in Houston, Texas (USA) and I was just closing my violin shop in the Netherlands in the evening after a busy Saturday at the time of the interview we did via Skype. Hmm, I hope you can’t see I’m tired after a day of hard work.
In this interview:
This is what Hillary Hahn says about chinrests and shoulder rests:
Do you have questions for Steven about your individual situation? Go to his website www.suretone-rest.com and fill out the contact form.
Would you like to order your own SureTone Rest? Go to www.suretone-rest.com and order online. Are you living in the Netherlands? You can visit my shop to try out the SureTone Rest.
Is this useful to you? Please let me know in the comments below!
PS: Have you invented a product or service that violin and viola players can benefit from? Have you invented an accessory (mute, chinrest, case, whatever), written a book, recorded a CD or made something beautiful that serves violinists and violists. Just e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org. If I think your product or service is interesting for the viewers of Violin Lounge TV, I might invite you for an interview. Being interviewed on Violin Lounge TV will get you visibility and sales. In this way I hope to support innovation in the area of violin and viola playing.
PS2: Take a look at more interviews I did here!
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