Help Me Choose a Chin Rest
I think after many struggles I have found the optimal position for my shoulder rest, but I think my chinrest is the real issue. The chinrest I'm using is the stock chinrest that came with my violin and I think that it's the wrong shape for my jaw. (I use an Everest shoulder rest at the lowest setting if that helps. Also I believe from doing research that my current chin rest is in the Guarneri style)
I have a short, fat neck like a football player and when my jaw should be fitting OVER the "hump" of the chinrest to keep it secure, my jaw is resting ON the hump which doesn't feel good at all, causes pain in my jaw, and causes my violin to slip when I try to hold it without using my left hand.
To get my jaw over the hump I have to really push the violin deep into my neck which feels awful.
So I think I'm looking for a chinrest that has a shorter (not as tall), and smaller hump so that it catches my jawbone better. It should also be noted that I have a roundish face and a protruding chin.
Does anybody know of any chinrests that might suit me?
Go to a violin shop and try a few. It’s such a personal thing that any forum recommendation is as good as guessing.
A low left-side mounted Dresden chinrest** might be just right for a person with a short neck. A low Dresden is only about 1/2 to 3/8 inch high and its "hump" is very slight. Unlike the over-the-tailpiece chinrests, the left-side mounted rests can be moved to find an ideal placement.
I have the absolutely same problem. I have a thin neck, but very very short. And the hump is right on my bone. I use Dresden chinrest but it is not enough. My wife has Dresden which is flat absolutely with no hump and it is super comfortable for me. But I cannot find such on any store, there are still the humps and different shapes :(
This is the lowest I found
I probably have a similar neck to OP.
I'll call my local shops tomorrow and see what they have and if I can try them out. Hopefully somebody in my city has what I'm looking for.
Thanks for the great advice, I will try to find one. I feel bad that I have these troubles and still thinking about it. Feel like I am oversensitive, but it is hard to hold violin properly without it
Try a low Teka while you are in the shops-if you are not averse to side-mounting chinrests. It should go a little bit over the tailpiece, so your chin or cheek (either, depends on player and violin position) rests on it rather than that not so comfortable edge of the Guarneri chinrest. Some Teka do not extend as much, so I would recommend one that extends to the right at least a decent amount.
I have Teka now, but it is too high for me and I have a problem with the hump, of the side. Guarneri is too high for me I am unable to put my head too high :) I like the side mounted, I think it is lighter and cleaner.
Not saying Teka is the solution, but there are lower models. I do not think I would use a high Teka myself-especially if it resembles a big, center mounted chinrest in its comfort (some do look too tall or big for me).
Adalberto Valle-Rivera: yes I know, there are lots of Teka style. I was not able to find smaller, but I found one, it is only 1 cm high, so I hope for the best to work. I hope that it won't be shallow too. I will see, I will order it from Germany and try it.
Thanks for all your suggestions. I ended up getting a Wittner after trying several others (Kaufman, Dresden) at the violin shop. The luthier there even let me come in on his day off and helped me adjust my shoulder rest to better handle the new chinrest. Great guy. I'm not really in love with the look of the plastic, but my violin isn't exactly a Stradivarius so it doesn't matter too much.
I use, I think, a Kaufmann style, because I had the same problem-- my neck is thin and longish (I like a tall shoulder rest), but the edge of the chin rest simply digs into my jawbone-- as in, I literally had a spot that was always sore to the touch (so, I don't need *low* so much as *flat*). Even the Kaufmann hump is a bit much, but it was the lowest I could find (this thread made me think, maybe I should have the shop shave off a bit of that hump; I'm not worried about the instrument sliding if I don't have it).
That is cool, yes I was thinking about shaving shoulder rest too, it is just shoulder rest for a few bucks so don't worry. But I think I found shallower and flatter, there will be on a stock in a. few days so I will try :)
I am trying a Kreddle with a Bon musica shoulder rest using long Everest shoulder rest legs. A bit of hybridization...
I have a frisch and denig chinrest. You should contact them to find someone who can fit you for one. Thouugh its a little expensive, it is really worth every penny.