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HISTORICAL CHIN REST

violin or viola

YOU CAN ORDER YOUR CHIN REST ON THIS PAGE.

We make and help you design the chin rest according to your wishes!


Fill out the form below with your wishes or questions, when ordering.

Cost for individually handmade and designed to your wishes, $140 plus shipping and handling $10, within the US. 

CLICK on "BUY NOW" here for domestic order below, $140 plus $10 shipping and handling,

priority mail, total =$150

We help you can create your own version and dimensions!

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 with different curvature

4. Side chin rest available with various heights and curvatures


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

 



4. cedar (light brown)


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 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. 



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. 


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. 


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.