Chin rest and shoulder rest cloth
After many years I've recently started playing without a shoulder rest. I've noticed players who use a piece of cloth or fabric over the chinrest and bottom of violin. What are people using for that fabric? I've tried a small cotton hand towel and that seemed rough and thick.
Chamois is most typical, I believe.
Sometimes I use a piece of extra large microfiber cloth. The kind that is used to clean glasses and camera lenses, but big ones, like around 12 x 12. This is enough for me, but some people may want a piece of thicker fabric for comfort.
Could be almost anything sturdy and thick enough.
Too thick, or too much, chamois, especially over the bass bout, and it could dampen the sound a little, which has been my experience with a rather resonant instrument, so experiment to find what works best for you and violin. Otherwise, chamois seems to be ideal - soft and flexible, doesn't slide, is easy on the skin, and doesn't damage the violin.
Roger, I just re-read the OP's entry. He didn't ask why -- or, if he originally did, he must have edited it out later. At this hour, the post reads:
Thanks! My question was too vague. Both why people use cloth and what cloth they use. I'll give chamois and microfiber a try.
I started using chamois to protect my neck and jaw 40 years ago when I first learned about it. Bought the first one at an auto parts store.
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