I've been playing on a new violin for the past 8 months or so. About 2-3 weeks ago, my neck was starting to develop a spot, which I attributed to the violin hickey badge of honor (sarcasm). I have been practicing a lot more lately. But about a week ago, that spot has become red, irritated and a bit itchy.
The part of the violin that touches my neck is the metal bracket/clamp of the chinrest and I've noticed that the gold color/plating has rubbed off and is now exposing the metal color. Have I developed a nickel allergy? I've never had trouble wearing jewelry. I wear a watch and necklace daily.
What are my option for this chinrest without having to replace it? Has anyone wrapped just that small piece metal with like shrink wrap or a tiny piece of cloth? I don't want to have to drape a big cloth over it as I've seen some professionals do. I am trying not to replace the whole thing because I've grown a liking to the wooden color of the chinrest, which matches the tailpiece and pegs. The chinrest color is a mix of rosewood and boxwood color. I'm not sure what it is, but it is not just 1 color. It has a brownish gradient to it where some parts are darker and lighter than the rest, which would make it harder to replace. Should I just bite the bullet and buy a new one?
This discussion has been archived and is no longer accepting responses.
Violinist.com is made possible by...
Discover the best of Violinist.com in these collections of editor Laurie Niles' exclusive interviews.