Chin rest clamp woes
Anybody ever replace their own chin rest clamp? I think the threads on mine are fubar after 30+ years of use. They loosen every time I play (buzzz) and I can tighten/loosen by hand.
Yeah, I should probably just replace the whole thing, but... I liiiike it. I think it has, legit, conformed to the shape of my neck after all these years.
I have replaced chinrest clamps a number of times - both the "standard" "double" and the Hill style hardware because they stopped making the exact chinrest design I have on 6 instruments by 1970.
The difficulty with that endeavor is that there's no standardization for the distance between the threaded barrels that clamp chinrests on, and the thread diameters and pitches too. Add to that the fact that sellers of replacement hardware never give you those dimensions in their product descriptions, at least not in my experience. So the job is absolutely do-able, but taking it to your local shop to have them do it might be the least frustrating course of action.
The blue is usually the less permanent, and the red more so.
I advise against Threadlock. It will be almost impossible to undo the fasteners once it sets. You will have to cut the clamps to remove the rest. Event the blue lower strength stuff will be too tight. The stuff really works and requires a fair amount of heat to release the grip. Depending on the style of fasteners I would use similar ones from another rest.
Thank you, everyone. It is the metal on metal threads that are in question. I'll try the bottom half of another old rest - I don't know why I didn't think of that. If it doesn't work I'll probably be taking it to the shop, where I'm due a visit anyway. Thanks again.
I bought a set of titanium hardware and it's quite good. I wish I had bought the Hill type because I had to drill another hole in my CR for it. You can get them at Fiddlershop. I got mine from Stradpet (direct from China).