Sidespin from another thread... Anyone tried the Phantom SR? (Either "original" or "adjustable") I like the look, and the idea in general, and I imagine that it might combine an ultra-low position of the violin with enough of tilt around the long axis, but I cannot figure out if mounting isn't rather a pain...?
(And yeah, I do know about the qualities of the invisirest - got one lying around in my violin case, and still in use from time to time...)
Somehow I can't seem to find my invisirest, I haven't seen it in the longest time! Jokes aside, the Phantom SR has a unique design. I wonder however how stable it is, not much is holding it in place. Also it doesn't seem that easy to remove it when storing the instrument in the case.
I keep mine in my wallet - it is flat enough for that and it is easy to misplace!
I bought one a long time ago, and was super disappointed. I can't recommend it to others.
In theory, it seems so good; a way of playing near-restless but without the dampening effect of the shoulder touching the violin. But like most good ideas in the violin accessory world, it was poorly executed. Probably due to a lack of proper funds to do good pre-production prototyping.
Oops, Eric - that's exactly what I was worrying about...
Just the name of the thing turns me off.
The marketing is a bit off-putting, but glad it may work for some.
A shoulder rest Attached to the end button? Not a good idea, I'm thinking of unwanted forces on the button from such an attachment. The only thing that should be attached to the end button is what it is designed for - the tailpiece cord.
Arguably the SR attachment is providing a counter force to the pull of the tail piece hence easing the tension on the button. My concern would be the possible wear on the button however.
Don't worry, the SR will detach itself from the end button way before the pressure ever gets high enough to be a concern.
An interesting invention, but not a great method of attachment. I liked it, in theory, but it didn't work well, and it scared me a bit as to the damage it might cause.
I was an early adopter, which I normally try and avoid, but I was too tempted by the design and theory.
How it looks, the height it gives seems to be no more than the thickness of an ordinary Kun rest itself, without feet. One might position the violin in a very low position, have a contact point very close to the collarbone (almost like playing restless, but with more "stability"), still keep a small distance to the shoulder, and achieve a nice (and even adjustable) tilt. From a distance this may look like having the advantages of both, SR and non-SR playing, but I also understand the concerns posted above. And the price is a little bit high for just adding it to my collection in the shelf. Even more as long as I'm not "too unhappy" with my current solution...
It's easy to check ... just see if any hardcore players (for example the juniors in competitions) use it. If it's useful we will start to see more and more performers use it. For me it's a good idea to sit down and be a sheep in the herd, especially when I'm not an advanced player.