This is sort of a private message for Nuuska :p (I'd definitely send a private message if that was an option lol), but I have a few questions about the viva la musica shoulder rests.
So a bit of background (sorry this is super long, you can feel free to skip but if you're interested you may read :p): I am a very happy Kun user on violin and am very happy with my chinrests on both violin and viola, however, right now on viola I'm using a $10 cheapo knockoff Kun my Mom randomly bought me on Amazon when I was first starting to play the viola, and while it's pretty comfortable, one problem is that it overswivels, which causes it to crash into the back of the instrument and thus doesn't seat fully on my shoulder anymore so I stacked four pieces of sticky foam to remedy the problem. The foam does require replacing periodically so in the future I will very likely replace this shoulder rest, particularly if I get a new viola with different lower bout dimensions. I already know I need something that can go very low and sit close to my neck and not lock up my shoulder joint, so I've already ruled out shoulder rests like the Wolf and Bon Musica because they'll be too high and not offer the types of adjustments I need for my unique situation. Don't get my wrong, Wolf and Bon are great for those who need shape adjustability and height, but those aren't the things I need as much. I am thinking of getting a regular Kun but fear it may be too high and especially if I get a new viola (my current one is a loaner), I might have difficulty getting the Kun to sit close enough to my neck. I remedy this by placing the shoulder rest diagonally on violin (and also viola), and on violin because the lower bout dimensions are more uniform and I need a higher shoulder rest anyway Kun is perfect. However on viola I could have issues with both height and getting it close enough to my neck. Currently on my cheapo knockoff I have the width on an in between setting and because it swivels more than typical it feels lower than normal which is great in a way, but the fact that a real Kun swivels less than this rando and the varying widths of violas means I could have more problems. I could get a Kun super which offers infinite width adjustment and thus that could solve the angle issue, so the shoulder rest I've been considering based on previous comments on this site is the Viva La Musica, and I have a few questions about it. BTW yes I am definitely considering sponges and foam as well, and I've thought about playing restless as well but know that it's not quite right for my anatomy.
1. Does VLM actually go lower than a Kun? I heard somewhere that it does but I could be wrong.
2. Is the Diamond the only model that offers the angular adjustment that lets you bring it closer to your neck and collarbone? I know there are other variants such as the Artist and Professional and know they're similar to the Diamond, but I read somewhere one of them doesn't offer the angular adjustment so I need to watch out for that.
Also, aesthetics is not an issue for me. I'm also well aware I won't be 100% sure until I actually try all those options, but I know my local store probably doesn't carry Viva la Musicas to try hence why I'm asking.
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