Comfortable shoulder rests?
Hello,I wanted to ask you all what shoulder rests you use.In my life I've only ever used 2 which was by wolf (my first and previous shoulder rest) and my current shoulder rest which is by fom - by the way these are full sized shoulder rests. Anyways, I wanted to ask what shoulder rests you have found most comfortable and not superbly pricey, thank you.
I've used the Wolfe secundo and now I'm using an Everest with an extra long Kuhn leg on the front side. I'm still not really comfy but I never will be. It's good enough. The Wolfe 2 was okay but I was bothered by the fact that if it comes off when you're playing that adjuster wire on the back can gouge the instrument back.
SR fit is quite personal. I currently favor the VLM Diamond. But I’ve got a collection so I can change it up when feel like something different. I also like the Wolf Forte Secondo and the KUN Bravo.
I use either a Kun Bravo (might be too pricey) with longer legs or a piece of cloth folded up to mimic a sponge. I only use the "sponge" when I'm asked to play on the spot and I don't feel like grabbing the shoulder rest out from the velcro strap. The Kun works fine and the legs are very adjustable and smooth. The sound on my violin is barely affected by the Kun Bravo. Of course, no shoulder rest people are going to be here any second now.
The most comfortable shoulder rest for the lowest price? None at all!
I have several, and my humble conclusion is that it is not so much the shoulder rest, but how you use it. Still, there is a range that will be more useful for some players depending on violin playing philosophy and location.
I have only used Kun and Everest. I like the Everest for comfort on my violin but the Kun works better on my viola.
I have a Wolf secondo on both violin and viola with a Wittner centre mount chinrest. They both work well for me
It’s pricey, but I love my Korfkerrest from Pirastro. Lydia recommended it and I bought one and it changed my setup immensely. Playing has never been more comfortable for me.
It's 100% personal (and it also depends on your chinrest).
Another vote for the Everest - if you are going to use one at all (it was the last one I had). However, like Cotton, for me the most comfortable and flexible - is none at all.
Bon Musica makes a comfortable, fully adjustable shoulder rest at a reasonable price (~$50USD).
As a student, long ago, like almost everyone else, I was using one of the Resonans shoulder rests. I also used the Kun for a long time. More recently, after some shoulder and elbow problems I did a lot of experimenting with both chinrests and SR. I am now using the most affordable Everest SR.
When I was starting out I used a Kolitsch but they don't make them any more. They had to be replaced when the foam inside got crispy.
I have a sheet of under-matting-anti-slip rubber. I line my shoulder rests with it to increase the friction between them and my shoulder. But Bon Musica's is the best rubber.
I like the lowest profile Resonans rest with a Kaufmann style chin rest; it seems to be the most ergonomic set up for me.
I have been through a number. Wolf many years ago, Play-on-air for a while. Kun for many years but replaced with VLM Diamond until I got the Korfker. Much more comfortable for me. And very light. Especially on the viola it was a game changer for me.
I looked at the Korfker one and I am still looking for a justification for its price. Classical musicians aren't known for rolling in Walter White figures.
The Korfkerrest is expensive. Not as expensive as its older sibling, the Korfker cradle.
I used no shoulder rest for the first 30 years and mostly a Wolf Secundo (the style without height adjustment) for the next 30 or 35 years. But I also toyed with many other brands and styles - all of which were finally put in a box and donated to a local youth orchestra.
For myself, I went to taller chin rests and less-restrictive shoulder pads. Flesch center-mounted for one, and AcoustiFoam (more or less middle thickness) for the other. I get enough grip, and the violin is free enough to vibrate quite beautifully.
I converted to a Korfkerrest quite awhile ago. It’s very comfortable.
As others have said and by the variety in responses it's a really individual thing because what works for one person will not work for another. Finding a comfortable combination that really works can take a lot of trying different things and then your body changes after a few years and you have to re adjust again... And also, don't forget to examine and consider your chinrest choice.
I am probably in the minority but I have a Peter Voight shoulder rest and chin rest, I find them a perfect fit but I know others that have used them find them uncomfortable. I don't think they are available any more.
When I use one, I like the line of rests by Canadian luthier Peter Mach on both my violins and violas. They barely affect the resonance and tambre of the instrument, unlike many other heavier SRs. They are very stable. I prefer to use the feet made by Kun on them for more security.
Sure - the Korfker rest is quite expensive. But I guess that the sum of the others I used before is even higher. I I had the Korfker 30 years ago I would have saved quite a lot.
A surmise: perhaps the high price of the Korfker reflects an unusually high level of R&D, and may possibly include the cost of intellectual property protection, such as patent cover, to protect the investment.
I was using a Korfker, which I loved.
One I would not recommend, on my own experience, is the Wittner one where it clips to the bottom of the chinrest. One of my previous teachers was a massive advocate of it, and I tried it for 2 weeks and I just didn't feel supported by it at all. Always felt like I was going to drop the instrument, plus I feel like it didn't go high enough for me
While I really liked the looks of my VLM Diamond, the Wolf Forte Secundo is by far the most comfortable of the few I've tried over the last several years and it fits my needs well. The Diamond, Kun, and Everrest just don't have the ability to go tall enough on the chest side (even with extenders), and it sits a bit closer to my neck which is also a good thing. That being said, I wish I could get the chest side of the Wolf Forte just a smidgen taller, but even with that my body is obviously much happier - even if it feels a little short.
Jake- second your take on the Wittner. I also did not like the metal bracket against my collarbone. although I do use it on a travel practice stick style electric I built without bouts. The 1/2 size was the only stock thing that fit the instrument.
I find the Invisi-rest the most comfortable. Super light, completely see-through, fits every case, and is guaranteed to never fall off in a concert! They are available in fractional sizes too.
Waiting for that one, Carlo. It took 5 days this time... ;)
@Bo. I think the original Invisi-rest is available on sale now. Two for $99.