SAS Chin Rests
I use the Tall Wave 2 CR, which I dearly love. The medium is too short. I would like to try something that is just a little shorter as an experiment but not as short as the medium Wave 2 and the SAS seems to have that option.
My jaw likes a "hook" such as my Wave 2, it looks like the SAS also has that but the design is a little different. Does it really have a hook or is that an artifact of the pictures I've seen. A more smooth CR just doesn't work for me.
Thanks in advance!
I use a tall SAS. I increased the "hook" by carving out the recess more. Have been very happy with the improvement for several years now.
That is what I was wondering from the picture, it looks more like a channel than a hook. I also am not mechanically inclined.
I own the Wave 1 and Wave 2. At first I liked them. But, I have since switched to the SAS which I love. It has an adjustable angle and nice shape that I can lock my jaw onto and it is extremely comfortable. I now have about a dozen chinrests in my collection. They are so personal to your instrument and body shape. It’s good to experiment and try various combinations of CR/SR solutions.
I have been using "the IMPRESSIONIST" to contour my chinrests to fit my jaw for some years now.
For me, I think the SAS does have a hook for my jaw to lock onto, without it jabbing/stabbing me in the neck. I use it along with a piece of shelf liner folded up a few times to protect my collarbone. I find that it mutes the instrument less than a piece of foam. I found that the wave chinrest didn't quite have the shape that I wanted. The wave 1 was too flat and the wave 2 had too much of a hook. I also like that the angle of the SAS is adjustable. I think of it as a cheaper version of the kreddle.
I appreciate the comments, thank you. I really like my Wave 2 and the shape, but it is also possible that the tall is just a couple mm too tall. Also my math was slightly off and I was thinking that the tall SAS was the same height as the tall Wave 2 so am glad to hear it's just a little lower. Also it might be good to try a slightly less pronounced hook.
The tall SAS arrived...and it lasted one practice session. I thought it was fine but my shoulder and neck voted against it pretty quickly. Probably something about the different shape. My tall Wave 1 is back on my instrument. I'll try it again in a week or so before returning it just in case it was a coincidence due to my shoulder still healing from the set-up related injury. It seemed secure but I'm getting better on not ignoring pain...
At one point, I ordered about half a dozen chinrests from SHAR. I tried them all but none worked for me and I returned them with no hassle. It really takes a bit of experimentation. Good luck Catherine!
I love my tall Wave 1 John, it was just an experiment to see what a slightly lower CR with a different shape might be like. I found out...but I'll try it again before it goes back.
Yeah, that can be a potential downside of trying to experiment with a shorter chin rest. The height could be great, but because you like a certain shape of chin rest it's possible to be uncomfortable despite the lower height. It'd be nice if the Wave chin rests came in more heights than 1", 1.25", 1.5", and da capo.
I see that the SAS comes in an "orchestral" model, and that looks very much like it has the hook my jaw likes. The problem is I can't seem to find anyone who actually offers it. I wonder if they've just stopped making it?
@Catherine, I don't know if anyone has mentioned it already, or if you have already tried this with your teacher; but what about re-positioning your posture to a get your chin more on the center of the violin, i.e. have you tried an over-the-tailpiece type chinrest and repositioned your posture accordingly? Either that, or maybe re-position your violin posture to mimic baroque violin players from days of old where the violin rests more on their chest? Just a thought.
The problem is pretty straightforward. Somehow my scroll had become rather too high over the 15 months of pandemic-induced Zoom lessons. My teacher just didn't notice it on Zoom. The injury was brewing under the surface for sometime I think, and when I needed to really ramp up my practice time and intensity it burst into flames.
I'm an adult beginner. Trying out several chinrests to see what suits. So far I feel I need a high chinrest (and no shoulder rest). I got the Kreddle which is good. But here's the thing. These chinrests don't allow my violin to sit in my BAM Peak Performance Violin Case without being squashed. Are there any cases that can be recommended for people who have a high to very high chinrest and want to leave it on? It's very time consuming to take it off and on just to put the instrument in the case.
Andrew - I've one of the tallest chinrests on the market (I've a tall neck, and also use a SR). While the tall Wave isn't the tallest, it's the second tallest I've seen and there is no problem with my case. There is a cushion in my case where the CR hits which is quite nice.
Sadly Bobelock cases no longer imported in Australia.
I use a BAM Panther Contoured case, and I use Kreddle CR. I just cut off the cushion foam and lower the height myself, then stick it back again. But I think BAM peak performance's cushion is different from my case, it looks harder to simply cut it off by itself.