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HISTORICAL / ERGONOMIC CHIN REST for 

violin or viola

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               We help you can design your own version and dimensions 


woods: padauk/ african blackwood/ basswood/ cedar/ boxwood    


 clamps: Clamps nickel gold/silver/Hill style gold/silver-also titanium clamps are available in Hill and regular style at additional $29 cost. 

The "regular version" is over the tail piece, and is fairly flat from left to right.


The cork can be reduced


1. African blackwood, "regular design", height over tailpiece 1"2/16.   


2. Same with rosewood


3. Again, rosewood picture with different curvature

4. Various side-chin rests available with various heights and curvatures

Boxwood regular chin rest


5. padauk wood pictured (reddish), with a lower height over the tailpiece

 



4. cedar pictured

(light brown)


We have had clients with allergy reactions to rosewood, who did not know that they were allergic before.

DOMESTIC -New York State only, click on "BUY NOW" , $140 plus $10 shipping and handling, =$150

DOMESTIC -not New York State, click on "BUY NOW" , $140 plus $23 shipping and handling, =$163

For International orders please fill out the form below and specify your country

You can also order from this chin rest pictured below directly from

Kolstein South (Long Island)

(516) 546-9300
795 Foxhurst Road
Baldwin, NY 11510

Original 19th century historical chin rest inspiration

                                  DESCRIPTION OF THE HISTORICAL CHIN REST.


This chin rest came from the discovery of an antique chin rest given to me by a dealer.  It was so amazingly comfortable and was made, most likely, during the late 19th century. In using it on my violin I noticed the intent of the chin rest was different from the traditional chin rests we use. 


The discovered intent of this chin rest is that the chin and shoulder do not have to become negatively engaged in the holding of the violin. During the down shift the violin is kept in place, without the need of the shoulder, by the gentle “hook” idea of this chin rest. 


However, most violinist are in need of a chin rest, especially in shifting to a lower position and feeling secure anywhere on the violin, with, or without, a shoulder rest. Often the head and chin pressure becomes involved and, if not checked carefully, discomforts can arise. 


Some historical players that neither a shoulder rest or chin rest have figured out a system, sometimes with the use of the thumb and placement of the chin, whereby their shoulders are not raised. 

Many of the finest performers of our time have found this chin rest to be a great aide in the discovery of a greater ease in playing, especially under pressure.