By misfortune, I got a cyst under my chin, after which I was forced to give up the chin rest. I opted for letting the cyst stay as it is rather than letting a surgeon cut me up to see what happens. I don't regret my choice, as it hardly bothers, but I definitely can't tolerate the pressure my wooden chin rest causes (it is quite large, for the left side). However, two things do bother me:
1. A good percentage of volume and tone is affected by the pressure of the chin right on the violin.
2. I have a long neck, and thus I have to turn my head much further, what causes discomfort at some point, and may eventually lead to other consequences later on. I do use a shoulder rest made specifically for me, but it does not keep the violin that high.
What possible alternatives I might try? Is there anything like a very flat and soft chin rest?
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