The Wave chin rest. Any good?
I keep getting popup ads for chin rests called The Wave. It looks interesting, and they offer to send different sizes and styles to choose. Has anyone bought one of these? If so, what do you think?
I went to the website, and everything I saw was center-mounted. A luthier once gave me a fairly detailed lecture about how a center-mounted chinrest acts like a mute, and he gave me a side-mounted chinrest with titanium hardware, and darned if it didn't sound like someone had just taken a mute off my violin. So, that would be an issue for me, and honestly my current setup is pretty comfortable too. But they look very nice.
I have one. I love it. The maker, Randall Olson, is a pleasure to work with.
i have a Wave chinrest and it didn't work as a mute on my Violin.i also had other center mounted chinrest such as berber and i never encountered such a problem.on the contrary center mounted chinrests are more beneficial for the ergonomy of the instrument because they distribute the weight more evenly to the body of the instrument.
In the last year I have bought and mounted about 12-15 different chinrest. With different clamp system, with different woods...
I just recently posted a question for help as I am an adult beginner having problems with clenching down and much tension. I have tried countless shoulder and chin rest combinations. I am currently testing out the wave chinrest (you order 1 and you get to try out 4 for up to 30 days) . . . I have found the most comfortable fit ever with one of the waves and using no SR . . . which isn't what I was initially shooting for but it is unreal how much more balanced and comfortable I feel. He has a money back guarantee and 30 days to try them out. It sure doesn't hurt to try and see if the wave works for you!!
For those who followed my thread about my documentary project, I bought a lot of popular devices (chinrests / shoulder rests ) for my curiosity and to have a few other violinists try them out.
Center chinrests act like mutes because they move your left ear away from the f-hole.
Physically it's hard for them to mute anything at all - they're mounted where the top plate is glued to the center block and any vibration is dampened at a maximum anyway.
Chinrests can affect the sound, but only very minimally. This is such a controversial topic, so with regards to chinrests, comfort is the #1 factor.
"Center chinrests act like mutes because they move your left ear away from the f-hole." ... but only to the player. A listener wouldn't be able to tell the difference, I would have thought.
Thanks. I ordered a chin rest, and they will send four so I can try all of them out. I'll see where all of this goes from there.
There are chinrest that I like, and others that my instrument likes (I.e. less dampening). The difficulty is to find one that we both like! I acknowledge the ear proximity to f hole effect, but to equal mount, I have different chinrests with which the instrument resonates better. It could be overall mass, feet surface, material, whatever, but there is a definite difference regardless of where the mount sits.
Controlled study would call for a torque wrench to tighten the hardware.
Perhaps it should be borne in mind that the ideal tone and resonances of a violin are when it leaves the luthier's bench and has been set up by him, and before shoulder rest or chin rest have been attached, either of which will have some effect on the tone and resonances due to their mass and how and where they are attached.