Last year I had a very brief (read: very intimidating) conversation with my orchestra's soloist. He over heard me whining to my stand-mate about my back hurting me slightly that day, and said to me "if your back bothers you, get rid of that thing" (pointing to my shoulder rest). He walked away immediately afterwards so I didn't get to ask him why, and my instructor at the time told me not to worry about it---but I've noticed a lot of posts here regarding shoulder-rest / no-shoulder-rest too. I was wondering if someone might be willing to explain to me what exactly are the benefits either to using or not-using one?
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