Shoulder rest for skinny people
I'm just starting out, and of course it coincided with the pandemic, so I'm trying to get my equipment figured out on my own. I'm using a Dresden-type chinrest with a suede cover, and that feels good; but on the Fiddlerman shoulder rest I've got there's a good inch or two of space between my chest and the shoulder rest. I've tried putting it in different places, from straight across to as diagonal as I can get it. I have it adjusted all the way up on the bottom end. I have a very stick-outy collarbone. Any ideas for what other SR I could consider?
Car sponge and a rubber band. (seriously. Since you are without much guidance, I wouldn't risk spending money without advice from a teacher, and you're not going to find a sponge uncomfortable or dear). Alternatively, ask Fiddlerman. In the long run he might suggest an ultra-high chinrest, for example. It's not just about skinniness, it's also about neck length and chin length, and you'll need a teacher to check it all out.
I use this
That rest certainly looks high, but the basic design can be had for $20 (half that for a Chinese copy)
Thanks both. That one looks very curvy! But maybe what I need. Before investing, I'm going to try the sponge thing and see if it makes all the difference. I've seen the Wolfe which looks similar.I wonder if it's as curvy as yours. I've also written Fiddlerman so we'll see what he says. Tks again for replies.
I am a beanpole with wide but sloping shoulders..
For my students with this problem I often rubber band a couple of small red make-up sponges (like these https://smile.amazon.com/FantaSea-Cosmetic-Sponge-Red-Piece/dp/B000NIY938/ref=sr_1_3?dchild=1&keywords=make-up+sponges+red&qid=1595445057&sr=8-3) to the chest-side of the shoulder rest. I find it often works better than a taller shoulder rest because it raises it only on the side you need.
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I like Ingrid's suggestion. Some people need extra height on the chest side. You can also purchase extra long legs for the shoulder rest. Try some things and see what works for you.
I have long neck, and skinny collar bone, i used the kun, and fiddlerman ship own rest prior, the mach one hook is the most comfortable one that sits comfortably and allow me to get better vibrato, the build quality is also really nice with real leather so doesnt slide around
Acoustifoam in Pasadena offers many thicknesses, and should provide a firm link between the violin and your collar bone. It serves the same general function as the sponges mentioned above, but Is much firmer and makes less contact with the back of the violin.
So many things to consider! I've also thought about the higher chinrest thing, but am not so sure I have that long of a neck. I've also wondered about the center mount chinrest because when I started out, it always seemed like I was wanting to put my chin over the tailpiece. But since I changed to a Dresden-type chinrest with a suede cover, it's been much better. I'd love to get into fiddlerman's shop - he's near me - but am not going out in this virus-filled world, but it would be great for someone else to look at me and try to fix me up with a good setup. Tks everyone for ideas.
I'm skinny to the point of essentially just being a skeleton, I use the Kun Bravo because it doesn't make the violin sound worse like the regular plastic one (that one caused buzzing!). It looks pretty elegant too.
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