Tall chinrest suggestions?
Love my center mounted left-offset Wittner Zuerich adjustable chinrest. I use the 6mm spacers with a low Kun SR - my neck doesn't know anything has changed and my shoulder is happy - all is good.
The problem is it keeps falling apart on me, especially in my private lesson. Frankly I'm afraid to tighten it more than I already have, it's already quite tight. If it happens one more time I will give up and replace it.
But what with? I need that tall CR height, that is obvious, and a replacnement can't be another Wittner as there seems to be some weakness in the design that I somehow find- I've given it one more chance before I decide to replace it. I do not know what part of the CR is causing the collapse as there are several possible points of failure.
Suggestions about other chinrests that are that tall? So far I've not landed on the right keyword for searching. I do like the shape of the chinrest though I'm willing to try something else. The deal breaker is the CR height - with a fused neck and trashed shoulders my position must be perfect.
SAS Chinrest goes pretty high.
Catherine as far as I understand, a luthier can heighten any chinrest using cork or another material, perhaps even add wood to it.
I've been very happy with the SAS. The Stubbers seem good too. Raising up chin rests with cork tends to compromise the fit and leads to falling off, I found.
Thanks for the rec for Kreddle, SAS and Stubber. I also stumbled across the Wave as well. Good options for research, thanks! If there are other ideas just let me know. Unsure what the actual height of my adjusted Wittner, I use the tallest provided spacers, but a metric tape measure will answer that question.
The Wave chinrests come in 1", 1.25" and 1.5" heights. You can order and pay for one and Randy Olson will send you up to three others to demo. So you keep which of the 4 suits you best and return the three others (or return all 4 for a full refund.) Besides the height options, there are two surface contours to choose from. Randy will schedule a video conference consultation before you order if you want to improve your odds.
I love my wave. He has amazing coustmer service. Mine had an unfortunate crack two days before a recital. I called Randal frantic and 19 hours later a free of charge new chinrest was at my doorstep. He has the best coustmer service I’ve seen in any company in the violin industry.
That is some high praise for the Wave! I don't think the Stuber is tall enough (pretty sure my Zuerich is @ 1.5 inches), but will certainly take a much closer look at both Kreddle and Wave.
Kreddle does great for me, with this dancer's neck of mine.
Also -- take a look at the Frisch and Denig web-site.
J Ray, everything is attached and level. It may simply be that I dont have it tight enough and am working to rule that out before I spend more money on chinrests. It literally falls apart rather than falling off in one piece. My teacher is just as perplexed - he has been checking it out himself. I know what he will say if it happens again, and I would agree.
I use Wittner Augsburg chinrests, which utilize the same principles of assembly as your Zuerich, and I have to wonder how yours are falling apart. I know from my own experience that it's possible to improperly seat the risers that are fastened to the chinrest plate underside with small Phillips head screws. (I'm not talking about the screws that clamp the chinrest to the violin.)
I will check that Mark, thanks for reminding me of those persnickety screws, and they are just that...
I too would think this can be resolved without switching to a different brand of chinrest.
plus one for the SAS rest. I have been using one for two years and find it very comfortable.
I took the CR apart and put it back together (again), it's not collapsed again...yet. I do like the CR, so hopefully there was just something a bit off in the adjustment screws. If it returns then I've a short list of non-adjustable CRs to try, thanks for all of the suggestions!