Two chinrest models in question

April 24, 2020, 1:52 AM · Dear Violinist-Community,
For a long time now two types of chinrests strike my interest and i was wondering if you could help me out with the names of the models. I would appreciate it a lot!

So the first one this the chinrest that Ray Chen uses on his violin, which you can see best in this article ( or in his performance of Waltzing Matilda ->

And the other one is the chinrest that Emmanuel Tjekanvorian uses, which you can see in his performance of the Sibelius Concerto. ->

Thank you very much!
Kind regards.

Replies (6)

April 24, 2020, 6:36 AM · The one on Emmanuel Tjekanvorian Looks like kreddle.

I bought one and tried. Didn’t suit me. I turned out settled down to “Edu”

Not sure about Ray. Look really cool

Edited: April 24, 2020, 9:28 AM · Interesting that we could imagine two soloists might have off-the-peg chinrests, when my teacher's custom one only cost £150. Or maybe custom ones are bullshit.

Chen's is interesting for how completely it bares the tailpiece.

In this video
she seems to have filed flat the end of whatever it is for playing on the G string. No, I think she has glued some chamois leather to it.

I realised yesterday that I have a small chin, and that would explain why I don't get on with a full Guarneri. I don't want a Flesch, though, as I don't like having the f-holes right under my ear.

April 24, 2020, 8:23 AM · Hi,
I unfortunately don't know the brand of Ray Chen's rest, but I think I have one of those, somewhere in my drawer. I got it from a teacher I had when I was fourteen, so almost 30 years ago! He didn't need it, so I could keep it. I had no idea it still exists, and never really seen that, anywhere else!

What I can say about it is that it is very flat. I used to have a Wolf shoulder rest at that time, and always issues with a bruise on my neck, thus I was looking for the least curved models, trying to avoid any extra points of pressure.

It might feel as close as possible to no chin rest at all, just adding some flat hight, plus protecting the violin.

A colleague of mine has carved his own chin rest- plus some more, as he seems to like carving. Maybe a custom made chin rest can be made by yourself as a really nice hobby. That colleague had bought olive wood, looks really nice.

I am so satisfied with my "Berber", though, that I almost regret I didn't need one of his.

But even 15o$ are not too much for a chin rest if that is the only one that really fits you, in my opinion. It lasts for decades, and that's worth very much.

The fact that probably most players, among which also the great ones, play just with one the standard chin rests is that they just work for them.

Edited: April 24, 2020, 8:55 AM · Try googling violin chnrests. You might start with something like this:

Both of the chinrests cited by Moritz are left-mounted chinrests. Beyond that I could not see enough to clearly ID a design. Over 50 years ago I finally found a chinrest that was a perfect fit to my jaw. I bought several of that design after I acquired more violins, but then they stopped making them in Germany about that time and the Asian-made ones of the same name (but not the identical design) did not fit me. I did get one of those made-to-order ones from the UK, (before they cost $160, but were expensive enough anyway). Also, I wanted some more to use on viola and the added viola body thickness caused that chinrest design to be too high for me.

So I came up with a different solution. I buy a flat Joachim design chinrests from and buy "The IMPRESSIONIST" chinrest "comforter", I prepare the Impressionist for use as instructed, cut it in half (because that's all I need to build up the top to fit my jaw) I put it on the top of the chinrest and fit it to my jaw.**

** Actually I used my one remaining original chinrest (an "original Stuber") to sast a mold from one Impressionist and use that to shape the top of the ones on my chinrests. I freeze the mold before using it so it will not be reshaped in the molding process.

Finally, I cover all my chinrests with cotton or chamois to avoid direct contact with my skin.

April 24, 2020, 9:28 AM · Alexander - yeah, that's where I ordered my last Stuber chinrest.
April 24, 2020, 12:19 PM · Also take a look at the Ohrenform. I am seeing more of them being used. It is center-mounted, which the Luthiers prefer,and,unlike the Guarneri, you can place your chin in a variety of comfortable spots

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