This came up in the SR surprise topic: it turns out that several of us are already using these. As with most things violinistic, they have surely been used before - but there may be many how have never heard of them (I 'invented' it for myself).
My reason was that I went SR-less, which was a great improvement, but there was a problem: when supported solely by the collarbone the violin sat with a too 'flat' angle (along its midline relative to the floor). Thus, it was easy to play the E string but playing on the G was an effort. This meant I had to bring my L elbow far under the violin which caused tension - and, in essence, defeated the whole object of being SR-less.
Thus, my object was to raise the G string side of the violin which was achieved with a CBW. A short 'wedge' (I use a small piece of soft material rolled like a breakfast sausage and held together with an elastic band; Adrian described a wedge-shaped pad) is positioned very close to the rim of the violin, with one end about an inch to the left of the peg and the sausage extends at an gentle angle towards the midline. It can be held on by an elastic band from the peg to the G-bout. The object is to traverse the collarbone about 2/3rds of the way towards the shoulder. It functions very simply by propping up the G string side of the violin. However, as Eric mentioned, it can also serve as a rudimentary SR when needed. I no longer think about any down-shifts - the achilles heel of SR-less playing.
I have not added a picture because I think that anyone trying it should do so without pre-conceptions first because that may lead to more innovation...
So I took the liberty of dubbing the thing a CBW which is sufficiently different from SR that we can have good clean arguments about it.
I'd love to hear of more users and if anyone else tries it.
CORRECTION! I was measuring in my head, not a good thing - the wedge is at least 2 inches to the right of the pin. I was measuring from the chin rest support (because thats actually what my elastic is attached to.
Also, it may be better to use a wedge shape than a sausage - with the thick end toward the violin midline. Obviously diagrams are going to be necessary..
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