Anyone using the Artino SR-11 round shoulder pad?
I'm having issues with the height of the Everest shoulder rest on my Viola and think this round stick on 3.5" pad might be the way to go. Anyone have luck with these? I don't have a long neck.
I've personally never tried this shoulder pad, but everyone is different. Yes, in general you will find yourself needing a lower setup on viola than violin because of the thickness of the instrument, so going the shoulder pad/sponge route is a good idea since there's a very good chance going completely restless won't work either (you'll probably want something to stop slippage). I'm sure you've tried lowering your Everest to lowest setting, right? Also, have you thought about your choice of chinrest?
It's already set at it's lowest point, the chinrest is pretty low as well. When I put it on my shoulder with the shoulder rest attached, my chin and neck remain at an upward angle, which according to the basics, is too high.
Yes, then I would definitely give Artino a try. Everyone is different, so I would definitely work on finding a low but supportive shoulder pad.
I use the Artino successfully with my violin, but have not yet found a solution with the pad for my viola. I am currently experimenting with higher chin rests, to see if I can get that combination to work.
Good luck :)
I'd measure the lift you need by folding up a cloth or a sponge etc etc before buying
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