Chin rest fitting

September 10, 2021, 3:38 PM · I live in a town that does not have a string shop or luthier. I am unhappy with my current viola chin rest and as it happens, I am headed to a city next week that has several fine shops. Do you think it's necessary to take my viola with me (which would be a pain, as I am flying) or would using a stand-in/shop instrument suffice when determining which chin rest is best for me? Bottom line: I'll take it if I must, but would rather not.

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September 10, 2021, 4:03 PM · I'd say with violas especially the size and dimentions of your viola could certainly affect your chinrest choice particularly its position (side or center), but if this were a violin, I'd say there's less impact because violins are more uniform in size. I think that if you really had to, you could try chinrests on a viola that's the same size as your own and hopefully with similar dimentions. At least you can probably get a clearer picture of what shape of chinrest would be best for you.
September 10, 2021, 4:27 PM · I suggest measuring your viola length, width of the upper and lower bouts and thickness at the chinrest position and if you can try your chinrest test samples on a similar size viola.

Violin chinrests can also be used on violas, but the metal hardware may hve to be "upgraded" because of violas' greater thickness.

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