Mach One HOOK SR Question
Sorry for another question:
Shoulder Rest Question
I have a SR question. It would be so much easier if these things were within driving distance of me. But, alas, they are not.
I saw a Mache One HOOK SR online. It is not the normal Mach One or the curly Mach One. This one has “HOOK” in the name. It looks like it has more of a hooked curve for over the shoulder, like the Bon Musica. The Mach One is not bendable and made of wood, unlike the Bon Musica.
The Mach One also looks like it comes down the front of your body a decent distance, unlike the shorter SR’s. It looks like it has a nice curve and that it could be adjusted to almost, if not actually, achieve what the Bon Musica does for those of us whole like that security.
My question, am I correct in the way I am interpreting what I am seeing? None of the photos actually show it attached to the violin, or attached and someone actually using it. I saw a YouTube but it was just a salesman talking about it.
It looks like it would be a much safer SR because it does not have all that metal hardware under it, between it and the violin back. I get nervous with mine because it does loosen while being used if I move just right.
Also, with the lower profile it will work much better with my new CR when I get it in the mail.
Has anyone used this? I am not asking about comfort because that is relative to the user. I am wondering about the physical attributes.
Does it have a nicely shaped shoulder hook?
Does it come down the front of the body a little?
Are the legs adjustable? The one review I read had a comment about both legs being the same length and not adjustable. She had to order special higher legs for the front end that is on the front of the body, not the shoulder end. I have never heard of a SR that does not have adjustable legs, so I question this review.
Is it a lower profile than the Bon Musica? In its lowest position at the shoulder end, the Bon Musica is quite high. It looks like it is in line with the Kunn, which would be great.
Does it fall off easily or stay put pretty solidly?
I use a Mach One viola shoulder rest (the standard maple Mach One, not the hooked one), with modifications.
I used to think it was impossible to play without the SR, but after having to deal with it constantly slide off, bend out of shape, or need to be readjusted during performances, I got frustrated and gave all my SRs away. Looking at other members of my orchestra, they're always frantically playing with their $50 violin jaw braces in between pieces because there's always something wrong with the darned things, and there are so many properties to adjust.
Re: "constantly slide off, bend out of shape, or need to be readjusted"
Roger: I had a hard time getting the Bon Musica SR to feel comfortable. Had to keep bending and adjusting it. Probably because even my low CR was really too high. I did finally get it better, but I do notice I bend my head back due to that agressive jaw edge of the CR. Bending the head back is not only bad for the neck, but it causes my violin to angle up. I might have things sorted out. Ordered the flat Flesch and that should be better for the Bon Musica and my Kunn SRs. If it does sort things out, I will just forget about the Mach One Hook. It will all work out, eventually, but all the input here helps.
Best playing cheap shoulder rest is the Ammoon from ebay or amazon. Around 10 bucks. Feet dampen the sound a noticeable amount, however. Just the least dampening. The Everest dampens the most.
Be very careful with "perfectly" fitting shoulder rests. They allow for zero movement of your violin and may, under certain circumstances, press the nerves or blood vessels. Any sensation of tingling or numbness down your arm is a sign that SR is not a good one for you. If you must use a SR, try those with flatter surface, such as Wolf Forte Primo / Secondo or Viva la musica "Diamond" . Alternatively try using a pad.
I have a mach one with the hook for my viola. The viola one only comes in wood. It is less of a hook than on the bon musica. For me, it gives the extra support of incorporating the back muscles more without being so constricting. (I used that one for a while too.) Only adjustment is the feet, but the shoulder rest is shaped well for my body.
As a random side note, a student and I were experimenting with using her squishy for a shoulder rest. I hadn't seen squishies before. They are some sort of stress relieving thing that squishes in your hand. It was the most comfortable thing I have ever used as a shoulder rest and to my amazement didn't dampen the sound of the instrument. It gave great support while also allowing movement. I have some ordered and am going to experiment with them.
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