I have a pretty bad nickel allergy which has caused an extensive rash on my neck, and left the skin there perpetually dry. I have tried multiple solutions to this issue, few with success:
- I had a Strad pad for a while, but eventually found it to be too thick for my liking. I kept having to readjust my posture, which was fine without it.
- I bought a chin rest with gold plated clamps. This was fine for a while, until the plating wore off and the allergy returned.
- I have tried using a cloth over the chin rest, but I find that it keeps slipping around and I cannot get a stable hold on the violin.
- I am currently using a Wittner side mounted chin rest made of the hypoallergenic plastic material. This has helped a lot, and I am now able to concentrate on letting my rash heal. However, it's not really the right shape.
Do any of you have any solutions? In terms of chin rest shape, I have found the Morawetz to be most comfortable for me. My ideal situation would be able to use one of those without breaking out in hives each time I play...
Many thanks in advance for your help.
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