kréddle CUSHION on Kickstarter
Hello fellow violinists. I thought I'd share the new kickstarter I have running right now for a new collarbone rest. I'm calling it the kréddle CUSHION:
Ever since I realized I could no longer use a shoulder rest--I start to hurt within about 15min at this point if I try to use one--I've been exploring other options. The key is to rest the instrument on the collarbone, but the instrument is both hard and slippery.
Long story short, I got a 3D printer and started trying out different ideas zeroing in on some tool that would round out the edge of the instrument, add friction, and do so without being too soft. The culmination of two years of work and somewhere around 80 prototypes is the kréddle CUSHION. Having had a functional prototype for a few months now, I can confidently say it solves around 90% of the difficulty of playing without a shoulder rest. It goes without saying that resting the instrument on the collarbone will always require some modification of left hand technique, but the CUSHION gets you a long ways. Please take a look at the kickstarter and consider helping us get this out in the world! And let me know if you have any questions.
Hey Jordan, the original Kreddle chinrest has solved a lot of issues for my taller students with long necks for both violin and viola. I'm really looking forward to this collarbone rest; have been wanting something like this for quite awhile!
not my cup of tea, but good luck to you!
What is the price of one of these?
The OP's Kréddle Cushion reminds me of a black half-moon cushion, about the size of one's palm, and tied to the tailpiece, that was used in times preceding the advent of the shoulder rest (c. 1950), to rest between the violin and the collar bone. The description I've just given is of one that came with the old violin I inherited from my Mother. She would have used it before WW2, but I never have - although I might give a try sometime.
Jeff- It's on kickstarter for $29.
I saw that. It's an interesting idea, though not something that I need. I also see that you have a couple of new chin rest cushion options coming up too to replace the original if it doesn't suit you (I like mine very much though), which has been commented by some in the past as an issue. That's very good.
Looks good, I could see my daughter using one of those when shes older, now she has a collar which ive made myself to help the violin stay on the collar one. There is a market im sure.
I still offer the "orange-slice" pad to my students as a Collar-Bone-Rest-cum-Tilter. But I put the leather bit
Maria, it adjusts to just any position you prefer. Also (almost) right above the tailpiece.
I fail to see how a device requiring direct collarbone contact will work in a tuxedo or a suit.
I'm all for these thoughtful inventions, although in the video, we hear all the usual criticisms of SR-use parading as facts.
Adrian- I may be out of the loop on the discussion of shoulder rests and their drawbacks. What I say in the video is actually my honest and individually arrived at realizations about what shoulder rests do. Can you point me to anything that address the issues I raise?
Nice, that there is work done on the shoulder-rest-free-front. You have my support in this.
Jordan, I welcome your invention, and I shall order one for my restless "remedial" sessions!
I ordered one, I really want to see if it works on my violin as the collar Ive made for my daughter, it is sadly too large for her, but I wanted to support you in doing this as the cushion looks so much more professional than what Ive made myself. This is important work for those who want to play restless.
A question, this time! Another function of small collarbone pads (and full shoulder rests) is to tilt the violin for better access to the lower strings. With my stubby pinky, I have atilt of 30° on violin, 45° on viola. My customised chin and shoulder rests allow for this.
Is it a (deliberate) function or a (secondary) consequence? Plus doesn't it depend on adjustability of SRs?
Adrian- I wouldn't say the kréddle CUSHION is adjustable in the way of tilting the instrument to customize the level of the strings. I haven't however noticed this being an issue in my own playing with a prototype. I think to some degree this angle can be found by moving the instrument up and down the players collarbone along the vertical axis.
I don't allow the wide end of the SR to rest on the very left tip of the collarbone, where it would hamper the motions of the "ball" of the shoulder, but rather on the bicycle-handlebar bit: in a sense, my Kun is more of a "Collarbone & Chest" rest!
Isn't "kreddle" somebody's trademark?
If shoulder rests works, why change?
Jordan, I like the idea. I have a little non-slip pad glued to the bottom of my CR clamp to help with slippage. Yours takes that concept to a new level.
Craig, that's naughty! The head weighs around 10 lb, so no muscular force is required.
Craig- Thanks for the link! I hadn't seen that. I was recently contacted by a researcher at a university in Denmark; they were curious what I thought would be good starting research questions regarding shoulder rest muscle activation. My inclination is to begin by seeing if there are empirically observable differences in shoulder rest vs. non-shoulder rest muscle activation that might be linked to certain types of injuries. If you or anyone else has research requests; I'd be happy to pass them along if I end up being involved in some fashion in the future.
Jordan, of particular interest, I think is the part of that thread talking about the differences in type #1 and type #2 levers and how playing with or without a SR affects that dynamic.
I find that
Adrian, what do you as chinrests with your young ones? I have founf only 2 chinrests for 1/16 violin, are there any more?
As with my own Teka rests, on the cheap wooden (or plastic) rests I file down the left half of the ridge to allow the left side of the jawbone to sit confortably, while the the right half of the ridge hooks very slightly unde the chin.
Cool idea, Jordan. This sounds like a useful tool for many people. Some people in the world simply are better off without a shoulder rest due to their physique. Here's a few resources that discuss how to hold a violin or viola without a shoulder rest, and to make the transition:
Craig, the video would be more effective if it showed what the product looks like off the players hand and maybe a little about how it works. Looked like the player's thumb was wrapped up in painter's tape.
Paul, Kreddle is indeed somebody's tradmark - Jordan's to be precise.
Jordan, looks really interesting to me.
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