Pirastro Korfker Shoulder Rest/Cradle
I just received a Pirastro Korfker shoulder rest and was under the impression I could retro fit it to Pirastro Korfker Cradle at a later time. Is there any truth to this or is it simply not possible? I made this purchase, with this intent...
That being said I'd love to hear from anyone who has tried the Pirastro Korfker shoulder rest as well as the cradle version. Is it worth the extra $, or do you find the shoulder rest on it's own is just right?
I don’t know, but since you’re talking about so much money, I would ask this question to Pirastro, and only take their word for it. I’ve never seen or heard of them selling the cradle mount without the shoulder pad. And if they do it’s probably sold as a replacement part, which usually means a much higher price.
For a rest that price it better make you sound like Heifetz!
I haven't seen the cradle part for sale on its own.
I'm content to just have the normal-shaped rest. I don't know why I'd choose the larger more complicated rest, given the convenient comfort of the normal one (which is already super expensive).
@Lydia: From what I've heard it's supposed to sound better by restricting the violin's vibrations less, or something along the lines? And it probably also reduces the risk of the rest falling down. I'm not sure, as I was never interested in the bulky variant, either. I just remember noticing how an acquaintance of mine couldn't fit the cradle variant into her case and that was the moment my interest vanished.
I can't speak for the cradle, but I do have the korfker shoulder rest and in my experience, that does allow the violin to resonate more freely. I lent it to my teacher who found the same thing - it's a small but noticeable change.
The Korfker Cradle/Rest is a wonderful and revolutionary (o evolutionary?) product. Its fit and finish are likewise superlative, and many of my clients find it to be worth the money in terms of sound improvement over other rests.
Dimitri, one of the major drawbacks of the Pirastro cradle (besides its price, eventually complicated looking mount, and looking a bit odd) is that it has to be carried separately. Any ideas from an accomplished case maker for a case model allowing its storage?
Nothing wrong with a car sponge and a rubber band.
Gordon, you're 100% right. Although I prefer putting the sponge right under my shirt, without a rubber band. But I'm afraid that's a bit off topic here...
I have the Korfker rest along with a slew of other shoulder rests and it is indeed the best. It really does increase the resonance like the others have mentioned and although it’s a total pain in the behind to get the right fit, it’s completely worth it in the end as you will achieve ultimate comfort.
Nuuska, for years we offered a pouch on the bottom part of the case, specifically for iPads, but the option wasn't at all popular and we finally cancelled it this year.
Hi,speaking of storage for shoulder-rests,music,etc,I just use a cheap briefcase.Saves my Violin or bows getting damaged.
I don't know why the huge version of the Korfker would dampen the instrument less than the standard "bar" style version, since there are more points of contact with the violin.
I managed to score a used Korfker Cradle and I’ll give my review once it arrives and I test it out.
Jaime, Any word on the cradle? I actually sent you an email with a question about it...
FWIW, my teacher has a basic Korfker without cradle on her 15" viola. She seems to love it.
Hello Demetrius! I did get your email but I have not received it yet. Hopefully customs will let it go soon and it arrives :)
My experience matches Lydia's.