Bon Musica shoulder rest
How long did you use your Von Musica shoulder rest?
Did you eventually replace the whole thing, or just parts of it?
A couple of months. I found it a bit restrictive
I tried one for viola for a couple of months. I found it too "contraption-y" and seemingly "not finished" in terms of refinement. Next I tried the Korfker and have not looked back - use those now on both violin and viola.
I agree that it's a shame they didn't keep refining the design over the years, Karl. Essentially it is a prototype that they just decided to turn into production (which financially seems to have worked well for them).
No hate from me-works well, and can be set up to be "unobtrusive" (not an instant adjustment to achieve this, however.) The stock form, which is supposed to work out of the box for many, would have injured me without the proper adjustments. Took a nice, long time to amke it my own. The sound is also not bad, though lacking in higher frequencies compared to say, a Luna. It doesn't kill the violin tone at all, but will affect it somewhat-you will still hear harmonics and have a clear sound if your setup is as such, it just emphasizes the violin's lower registers more.
Been using one for 4 or 5 years or so? Of the several I have, I've replaced a foot on one but that's it.
I've used my BonMusica rest for almost two years. I have a thin shoulder, so the hook design is comfortable. The "unfinished" look has never been a problem for me since a shoulder rest is ultimately for ergonomic rather than decorative purposes. Hilary Hahn used to wrap her shoulder rest in what looked like silver duck tape for extra comfort.
I don't know about others but I used mine for ~3 months before selling it off and keeping BonMusica low profile rest. For me, just the extra unhooking motion to take the violin off my shoulder was awful for left shoulder which already had 2 surgeries on. Also it restricted the shoulder movement too much for my taste.
I’ve used them for years now, with a break to go rest-less for a while. I’ve replaced the foam pads which is easy due to peel-and-stick adhesive. As Gabriel pointed out, Johnson Strings sells parts, including replacement foam pads.
A couple of hours. Mind, I've been through two or three chinrests since I bought it, so maybe it's time to give it another go. The low profile one sounds like it might suit me more.
About a week (last week!). It was the only shoulder rest I tried that didn't slip down my chest after a few minutes of playing-- I have the physique of a pre-workout Charles Atlas.
Have you tried adding a thin sheet of foam to the back of the Bon Musica to prevent the metal from scratching the varnish in the event that it makes contact?
There's a low profile Bon Musica?
There is no low profile BonMusica that I could find from online dealers or at the manufacturer's website. I wish they made one though, for the reasons I mentioned above.
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